1. You state on your recipe condensed milk, but on the site you show the brand you us, its sweetened condensed milk. Which do you us?

    1. Hi Vicky,

      Sorry for the confusion, yes we used sweetened condensed milk, it has to be sweetened.

      Kind Regards


    2. 5 stars
      I just made this for the first time and I must say,…. I’m very impressed. It’s delicious! I cooked it for the 40 minutes as the recipe says, but after turning off the instant pot, I left it sealed for about another 10 or so minutes. I released all the pressure and ran the can under cold water for about 3 minutes then opened it and scooped out all of the caramel into a small container lined with parchment paper. The caramel has a nice medium dark color, fairly thick although a bit jelatenous and tastes frigging great! Hopefully it will cure enough to cut and eat. If not I’ll eat it as is because like I said, it’s delicious! Thanks for the instant pot idea!

    1. Hi Vickie,

      Here is the reply i gave to Kate above:

      I do not see why not. It is just like with eggs one egg takes 3 minutes to cook in a pan of boiling water but if you add more eggs it will still only take 3 minutes to cook.

      We have not tried to do more than one can because we got more than enough caramel out of just the one can.

      Many Thanks.


      P:S Let us know if you give it a try and if it works.

    1. Hi Kate

      I do not see why not. It is just like with eggs one egg takes 3 minutes to cook in a pan of boiling water but if you add more eggs it will still only take 3 minutes to cook.

      We have not tried to do more than one can because we got more than enough caramel out of just the one can.

      Many Thanks.


      P:S Let us know if you give it a try and if it works.

  2. I’m living in Costa Rica. Most milk of the ultra high temperature variety and is sold in paper cartons. Is the can necessary? Would you be able to suggest a work-around? Thank you!

    1. Hi Wendy

      Here in Portugal most milk is sold in cartons but we do have sweetened condensed milk which is always sold in cans. So unless it is available in a can i cannot see how you will be able to cook the milk to change it into caramel.

      These are the types of milk you can use: https://www.amazon.com/Carnation-Sweetened-Condensed-Milk-Ounce/dp/B01M3W1JL9/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1508332906&sr=1-4&keywords=condensed+milk

      It is not an affiliate link just a link to the product that we are talking about. Hope it helps.


      Kind Regards


  3. I tried this with 2 cans and they both came out with a nice caramel color but the taste is not really a whole lot like real caramel. Does this caramel taste different than if you made it the traditional way on the stove top. Also mine was very congealed consistency…..not smooth and creamy. I tried taking it out and blending it well but it was still lumpy.

    1. Hi Jill

      They do not taste exactly like a real caramel made on the stove but it is quite close to it we found. The consistency is alot thicker than traditional caramel because we use this kind of caramel for banoffee pies where you mix it with bananas on a pastry crust and cream so we find it is useful when making pies and sponges because it stays nice and thick.

      The consistency can differ we found from can to can but i do not know why. One can came out lovely and smooth but when we did another one it came out all lumpy no matter what we did with it this is why we tend to mix it with different kinds of food.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Kind Regards


      1. I found of you use a cold can it for some reason makes a smoother Carmel than room temperature can did . Try for yourself , don’t take just my word , it may have been the brand I used . (Nestle Carnation)

  4. Do you set the can directly on the bottom of the inner pot or do you set it on the trivet…..or does it matter?


    1. Hi Tammy,

      We just stand it up right and make sure it is covered with the water, no we don’t use the trivet ?



  5. I just finished and it is very liquid even after let it cool and very light in color. Tastes like sweetened condensed milk. What could have happened.

    1. Hi Monique,

      A possibility could be that it was not cooked for long enough or the instant pot did not go to pressure properly because that is how it turns out when it is not cooked 🙂


  6. Thank you for saying it’s Sweetened Condensed milk.
    I tried it before with just Condensed milk, and had to throw away. It was terrible.
    So thank you. I will try this one of the Sweeten Condensed milk.

    1. Hi kathy

      Yes it has to be sweetened condensed milk as the sugar content makes it turn to caramel 🙂

    2. You must have used EVAPORATED MILK. CONDENSED MILK is sweetened condensed milk. Evaporated milk is milk but with no sweetening.

    1. Hi Theresa,

      We left the can closed as it is covered in water but if you are worried about it opening take the lid of and put tin foil around it ????

  7. Hello. Would Carnation caramel condensed milk work and, if so, would that also need steaming?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Madeleine,

      Yes it would if you have bought the milk already caramelized you do not need to steam it 🙂

      1. I am so excited to do this! I gave always nursed it for 3 hours on the stovetop adding more water. Do I use the high or low setting?

        1. Hi Beverley,

          Yes it did take along time to cook on the stove. You can use the high pressure setting and it will be fine 🙂

    1. Hi Pam

      In our experience, which is quite extensive when it comes to this caramel/dolce du leche it stays creamy, but it never lasts more than a few hours in our house but even when it has got cold it has never got hard like candy 🙂

  8. Just getting ready to fix a caramel pie and boil the cans my usual way. I came across this and didn’t realize I could do the same with my instant pot! So excited to try this an save the time!! Thank you.

  9. Is it safe to store an unopened can of prepared condensed milk without opening it? And if so, does it need to be refrigerated or not? Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Natalya,

      If the can is not opened then it does not need to be refrigerated because in the supermarket they are not kept in the fridges like fresh milk. But if you have made it into caramel i would even though it is unopened i would after it has cooled keep it in the fridge 🙂

  10. Are we 100% sure that is safe to put the can closed ? I have read many post of people opening the can and covering the top with aluminum foil.

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Lizzie,

      We are just showing you how we did it. You do not have to follow the way we do it if you do not feel comfortable. Take the lid of and cover in foil if that makes you feel more comfortable, you should still get the same results 🙂

    1. Hello Bernie,

      It depends on how big the pound cake is and how much topping you want. I would use 1 can as it does go quite far but if you like a good amount of topping then use 2 cans, then if you do not use it all there is always some left for people to pick at 🙂

  11. Can i cook condensmilk with the self opening lid and must the can stand up or lay on it’s side when cook

    1. Hi Debbie,

      A self opening lid we are not familiar with. We used a pull lid where you pull the lid up after it has cooled, and we stand the can up but either should be ok as when the IP starts to boil the water the can sometimes falls onto its side 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this quick and easy recipe! Made it exactly as you instructed and it came out beautifully! Creamy and delicious. Took a while before the 40 minute countdown started even with adding warm water to the Instapot. After the 40 minutes, quick release took exactly 8 minutes before I could remove the Instapot lid. Once I removed the can from the water, I just let it rest until it had cooled. Going to use this delicious goodness for a banoffee pie!!

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