As far as pantry staples go, canned sweetened condensed milk is among the most magical. Not only is it rich, luscious and delicious on its own (we know you’ve licked the spoon clean before), but it’s also the secret to making homemade dulce de leche, cheater’s fudge and foolproof no-churn ice cream. Iconic treats like key lime pie, tres leches cake and Vietnamese iced coffee wouldn’t be the same without its thick, sweet splendor. Here are 49 condensed milk recipes that prove you should always have a can on hand.

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1. Crème Caramel

This silky French custard gets a Vietnamese-inspired twist with the help of sweetened condensed milk. (We’re betting you already have the other five ingredients needed to pull it off, too.)

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2. Vanilla Bean Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche

Wanna see a magic trick? Submerge a can of sweetened condensed milk in water and gently simmer it for a few hours. Abracadabra: You’ve got dulce de leche.

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3. Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Choose a bold, strong roast to balance the condensed milk’s sweetness. (You can also swap coffee entirely for black or chai tea.)

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4. 3-Ingredient Ice Cream (with Endless Variations)

No need for a fancy ice cream maker here. All it takes is a whisk or a stand mixer to whip up a killer pint. (See what we did there?)

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5. Key Lime Pie with Coconut and White Chocolate

Get in, we’re going to Florida. Not only does the filling nail the sweet-to-sour ratio, but the crust boasts graham crackers, coconut flakes and white chocolate.

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6. Thai Iced Tea Panna Cotta

Ombré desserts are always guaranteed to impress. This one’s made up of two layers of panna cotta—one spiked with Thai iced tea mix, the other vanilla extract—and whipped cream.

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7. Coconut Rice Pudding with Rhubarb Compote

The Brits have been pairing rhubarb with cream to curb its bitterness for years. We up the ante by using whole milk, coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk.

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8. Horchata Three Ways

A type of creamy agua fresca, horchata is a Mexican drink traditionally made by steeping rice in water with almonds and cinnamon. Once you nail the O.G., give the coconut and matcha varieties a whirl.

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9. Caramel Coconut Macaroons

Sweetened condensed milk is the silky, creamy secret to the caramel sauce that holds these bite-sized cookies together.

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10. No-Churn 4-Ingredient Plum Swirl Ice Cream

Cheater’s condensed milk ice cream has endless varieties. Opt for swirling in store-bought jam instead of our homemade plum version if you’re feeling extra lazy.

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11. No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

Bye-bye, fussy water bath. All this cheesecake needs to set is a night in the fridge. Don’t skip the pretty lime zest garnish.

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12. The Easiest 3-Ingredient Brigadeiro

For the uninitiated, brigadeiro is a type of Brazilian chocolate truffle rolled in sprinkles. Chocolate milk powder gives the treat its flavor, but strawberry milk powder works just as well.

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13. Creamy California Avocado and Mint Sorbet

Homemade sorbet can turn out unpleasantly icy. But buttery avocados, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk ensure this one’s creamy texture.

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14. No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

If you’re short on time, chocolate chips are a solid alternative to chopped dark chocolate. (Though you’ll have to wait for the cream to chill anyway, so why not go all out?)

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15. Mini Key Lime Pies

A teeny-tiny bite of pure sunshine. They bake in a muffin tin for just 20 minutes, so they’ll be in your mouth before you know it.

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16. Crockpot Hot Cocoa

Whole milk, heavy cream, condensed milk and quality chocolate? Just call this hot cocoa a liquid brownie.

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17. Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcake with Nutella Buttercream

Believe it or not, you can use the beloved hazelnut-cocoa spread in recipes instead of devouring it straight from the jar.

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18. Gingerbread Swirl Fudge

Just one bite will put the Scrooge of your family in the Christmas spirit. The gingerbread swirl is loaded with molasses, cinnamon and warm spices.

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19. Chocolate-Drizzled Buttery Pecan and Caramelized Condensed Milk Cookies

Simmering the condensed milk over low heat for half an hour turns it ridiculously thick, so much so that it can hold its own as the cookie sandwiches’ filling.

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20. Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake

Complete with a flourish of chocolate and peanut butter chips, this dessert couldn’t be any more decadent.

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21. Key Lime Cupcakes

Sour cream in the batter guarantees a moist, tender crumb. Feel free to substitute regular lime juice if you can’t find key limes.

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22. Loaded Peanut Butter & Chocolate-Covered Potato Chip Dulce de Leche Fudge

It’s safe to say that you’ll land a permanent spot on the nice list if you gift a batch to your friends and family.

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23. Perfect Tres Leches Cake

The traditional Latin dessert couldn’t be easier to prepare. The cake is soaked overnight in a mix of whole, evaporated and condensed milks.

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24. Fudge Ice Cream Tacos with Banana Peanut Salsa

Just like the Choco Tacos you’d get from the ice cream truck as a kid…only a million times more gourmet.

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25. Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge

Five ingredients + ten minutes prep + a trip to the refrigerator = the easiest holiday fudge of all time.

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26. Caramelized Condensed Milk Mini Apple Pies

Between the Honeycrisp apples, buttermilk crust and bourbon-spiked filling, this fall sweet is bound to be a homerun on Thanksgiving.

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27. Pumpkin Mousse

It’s your pantry’s time to shine. We’re talking easy canned pumpkin purée, sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar and fall spices.

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28. Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Brownies

Tangy, chocolatey and impossibly gooey. Simmer the condensed milk the night before so it has plenty of time to caramelize and cool before you bake.

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29. Southern-Style Banana Pudding

Topped with toasted meringue for good measure. Save time by using store-bought instant vanilla pudding.

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30. Lemon Tres Leches Cake

Not only is there lemon zest in the cake batter, but the whipped cream topping also gets a dash of lemon extract to drive the citrusy flavor home.

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31. Cookie Dough Tiramisu

Between layers of coffee-soaked ladyfinger cookies and meringue-kissed mascarpone cream is a bed of chocolate chip cookie dough. Need we say more?

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32. Cannoli Poke Cake

BRB, going for a dip in a pool of sweet ricotta. Might we suggest topping the cake off with crumbled cannoli shells?

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33. Coconut Cream Eggs

You’re only five ingredients (plus pastel sprinkles) away from the cutest Easter favor of all time.

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34. Easy Lemon Cream Pie

A buttery brown sugar crust meets sweet-tart cream cheese filling. Did we mention you won’t have to turn on the oven to pull it off?

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35. Buttered Rum Fudge

Don’t worry, there’s not a drop of alcohol in this holiday treat. The key to its boozy flavor is rum extract.

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36. Honey Brick Toast

Think of it as sugary, custard-soaked French toast. This sweet breakfast dish is typically made with milk bread, but buttery brioche is a fine substitute.

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37. Dulce de leche Sandwich Cookies (Alfajores)

These traditional Argentinian sandwich cookies *will* change your life. Save yourself hours’ worth of simmering by using canned dulce de leche.

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38. Pumpkin Mocha Cupcakes

The dulce de leche topping comes together in a water bath in the slow cooker.

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39. Blackberry, Pineapple and Coconut Swirl Italian Ice Pops

The ultimate trifecta of canned pantry staples—coconut milk, coconut cream and sweetened condensed milk—make these ice pops possible.

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40. Seven-Layer Bars

Three types of baking chips, coconut flakes and nuts doused in sweetened condensed milk? Pinch us, we’re dreaming.

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41. Dulce de Leche Apple Tart

Look for Honeycrisp, Braeburn or Winesap apples—they’re prime choices for baking. Bonus points for topping the tart with apple rosettes.

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42. Chocolate Caramel Fudge with Cracker Jack Popcorn

The nostalgia is strong with this one. Finish the fudge with a sprinkle of flaky salt for extra contrast.

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43. Strawberry White Chocolate Gooey Bars

How do these delectable handhelds only call for five ingredients, you ask? Chalk it up to sweetened condensed milk and store-bought strawberry cake mix.

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44. Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sauce

For ice cream sundaes, brownies and well, just about any dessert that could use a lil’ something extra. The recipe calls for melting down white chocolate chips, but you can substitute half with peanut butter chips if you’d like.

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45. Atlantic Beach Pie

This summery pie is famous for its sweet-and-salty saltine cracker crust. (Though we’d argue that the three-ingredient citrus filling is just as noteworthy.)

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46. Caramel Apple Pie Poke Cake

Boxed cake mix and canned apple pie filling make this dessert super low lift. Besides, the real star is the caramel-topped cream cheese frosting.

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47. Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Crust

Trading graham crackers for chocolate wafers reinvents this old-school dessert in no time at all.

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48. Bananas Foster Dulce de Leche Crepe Cake

The layered masterpiece is drizzled in a rich, bananas foster-inspired sauce made from dark rum, maple syrup and butter.

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49. Sweet Cream Cold Brew Fudgesicles

Admit it: You wouldn’t mind waking up at the crack of dawn to start your day with one of these bad boys. (We’ll be letting ours melt into a hot cup of joe, thank you very much.)

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