Hot Dulce de Leche

Hot Dulce de Leche ~ a decadently creamy and delicious hot caramel milk that gives cocoa a run for its money ~ once you try it there’s no turning back!

Hot dulce de leche in a pan

This toasty caramel milk will warm you to your core ~ but I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how easy it is to make this luscious hot dulce de leche. Hold on to your hats, there are only 2 ingredients, and one of them is in a can.

Pouring hot dulce de leche into a cup

Put on your coziest flannel pj pants, grab a fluffy throw, turn on the TV (I suggest Poldark) and pour yourself a cup. This is going to be good.

Girl drinking mug of Hot Dulce de Leche

In keeping with the decadent theme I suggest a dollop of MASON JAR WHIPPED CREAM to go on top.

Making mason jar whipped cream

What is dulce de leche?

Dulce de leche is a Latin American treat that’s a lot like caramel. It loosely translates to milk jam or milk candy, and I’d say that’s pretty accurate.   Dulce de leche is created when sweetened milk is slowly heated and the sugars basically caramelize. The resulting thick spread can be slathered on toast, biscuits, croissants, cornbread, you name it. And you can bake with it, too. Aaaaaaaand you can just go at it with a spoon, I don’t judge.

Where can I find dulce de leche? ~

You can buy dulce de leche in large supermarkets in most parts of the country, look for it with the other canned milk products.

If you can’t find it locally,  you can purchase it online, here. Be sure to buy extra so you’ll have it around, it keeps for a long time.

Making Hot Dulce de Leche

How to make homemade dulce de leche ~

You can actually make it yourself! The easiest and best method is to do it in your Instant Pot, I’ve got all the details in this post: Instant Pot Dulce de Leche.

You can turn a can of sweetened condensed milk into dulce de leche using a number of other methods. The Nestlé® company has directions here. I’ve tried all the methods and I prefer the Instant Pot method.

Girl holding a mug of Hot Dulce de Leche

Can you make dulce de leche from scratch, without the can?

Yes! Food 52 has instructions, here.

pecan praline cookies

Serve this hot dulce de leche with a plate of PECAN PRALINE COOKIES for the ultimate caramel experience!

Pssst! I’m going to be posting a recipe for homemade dulce de leche liquor later this month, just a heads up. You can get the gist by checking out my HOMEMADE NUTELLA LIQUEUR if you can’t wait…

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Hot Dulce de Leche

Hot Dulce de Leche ~ a decadently creamy and delicious hot caramel milk that gives cocoa a run for its money ~ once you try it there's no turning back!
Course beverage, Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 cups milk any type
  • 1 13-ounce can dulce de leche, about a cup


  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon


  • Heat the milk in a small sauce pan (you can also do this in the microwave) until it comes to a simmer.
  • Stir or whisk the dulce de leche into the milk until it is silky smooth. Reheat until piping hot, and it's ready to drink.
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • Use any type of milk you like, whole, non-fat, or low fat all work fine. You can also use nut milks, or coconut milk.
  • To make a thicker caramel topping for desserts, just add enough milk to the dulce de leche to make a sauce consistency. Pour over ice cream, brownies, etc., or use it as a decadent dip for fruit or cookies. It’s an indulgent way to end a meal.


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    June 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    So I just pour the whole can of dulce de leche into it? It seems like a lot to me, but I’ve never tried it before, so I just want to make sure I’m doing it right.

    • Reply
      June 23, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      Yes, that’s right, it’s about a cup of dulce de leche. But, as always, feel free to adjust if you’d like it to be a little less decadent 😉

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