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Arequipe (Dulce de Leche) English V2

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  • Prep Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 1 can 1x
  • Category: Sweet
  • Cuisine: Colombian


  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • Water (for boiling)


  1. Take off the label of the can of condensed milk. Place it sideways in a large pot and cover it completely with water. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Once it is boiling reduce the heat to a slow simmer and cook for about 3-4 hours. The longer you leave it cooking, the darker the color that you will get. Make sure the can is completely covered with water during the entire time, so check the water level every 30 minutes and refill with more boiling water when needed.
  2. Carefully remove the can from the hot water (I use a pair of tongs) and let it cool completely on a wire rack. Preferably overnight.
  3. Once it’s cool you can open it and enjoy immediately. You can also transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to one month. Store unopened cans of arequipe for up to three months.