Thursday, November 17, 2011

:: Found on Pinterest - caramel in a can

So, I'd seen this idea on pinterest and then saw it again on eighteen25 
and knew that I needed to give these as gifts.
I created a different version and wanted to show you all.

But first.  Did you know that if you put a can of condensed milk
in a crock pot for 6 hours that you'll 
get the best caramel ever?!

Neither did I!
You'll definitely want to try this.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

- doilies (6 inch diameter)
- sweetened condensed milk
- apples {forgot to put in the picture}
- twine
- clear bags
- instructions

All you need to do is take one doily and fold in half.
Just put a little dab of glue on the doily and place on the can.
Place twine around doily and can.
Print out instructions and tuck in between twine and can.
Get your clear plastic bag and put one doily in bottom.
Then place two apples {or how many will fit in your bag} in bag and place twine around top.

The instructions:

  Caramel in a Can
  Line a crock pot with foil.  Remove the label from your sweetened condensed milk and place in crock pot.  Fill with water to just above the can.  Place on low and cook for six hours.  Set cans in a sink of cold water until they are cool to the touch.  Enjoy with sliced apples.  Happy Thanksgiving!

 This would be a perfect hostess gift 
for Thanksgiving!
{my hubby informed me that I should have bought
green apples because those are the best with caramel . . . just so ya know!}

clear plastic bags:  think garnish
doilies:  Michaels
twine:  Michaels

I'll be linking to these parties here


  1. That is such a clever idea! Would be so cute as a gift for a teacher!

  2. Hi! Stopping by from craft envy. This is an amazing idea! Im going to have to make a few for Christmas gifts :) I would love for you to share this at my friday link party going on now!

  3. This brings back memories...this will also work stove top in boiling water, but you must be sure to maintain water in the pan. My daughter and I were distracted, and upon hearing an explosion ran to the kitchen to see caramel dripping from everything! What a mess. Thanks for the reminder, I enjoy your blog.
    Sandy Gower

  4. I've seen this before but making it for gifts is a great idea I'd love it if you would add this to my link party at

  5. What a cute gift! Very unique! I've never seen this before

  6. What a great idea for a gift!! I've heard of this trick before but never tried it. I think I will have to do this soon!


  7. Brilliant gift idea & perfect for the holidays! Could you prep the caramel before giving as a gift? Thanks for sharing!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  8. This carmel is wonderful! I've done the stovetop method many times and also had an explosion once. What a mess, and dangerous as well if anyone had been nearby! It's great to know of a safer method!

  9. Caramel is my absolute favorite! I did not know this but I am doing it NOW! I'm a new follower, so stop by and follow if you like.
    Warm wishes, Lori

  10. I love this idea, thank you for linking! Question...did you reuse the can or is that a new can??
    happy thanksgiving!

  11. Amy...I was directed to this blog post from a link on And...I saw your post and love it! I had to laugh because I totally recognize you too! You look fabulous! Happy Thanksgiving! (This is Jill...I dated your bro. Clark way in the past.) I LOVE your blog! So cute!

  12. Jill! That's too funny! Wow, it's been years, huh. Hope you are doing well! And thank you for those sweet compliments. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  13. fabulous idea for a gift. I'm going to try this myself, then make some for gifts. thank you.

  14. Happy Thanksgiving, inviting you to share your project with us at
    Have a fabulous shopping weekend.

  15. See I am so glad I read this, I ruined my crock pot because I did not know about putting foil down first, so now I can make it again without worry:)

  16. Great Post! You've been featured today!

    Hope to see you this next Thursday at my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party!


  17. This would make a great hostess, teacher, co-worker, neighbor or just about anyone gift! Love it!!

  18. I have never seen this before, but what a great idea! And I love the way you have decorated the can. I think I will have to do this!

  19. Maybe I missed this, but
    1.Are you supposed to remove the lid from the milk can before putting it in the crock pot?
    2.Should you put the crock pot lid on during cooking or leave it uncovered?


  20. YUMM! Can't wait to try that!!

  21. Hey Jennifer!

    You leave the lid on the can until the 6 hours are finished. And just leave it uncovered in the crock pot (just make sure water is covering it at all times).

  22. so you dig it out of the can with a spoon, after it's cooked? Not sure that's going to fly :)

  23. Oh yes, I learned this from a friend who made the most wonderful caramel pie ever! When I asked for the recipe, she said she had done this. She used two cans of the cooked SCM, put it in a graham cracker pie crust, topped with cool whip, then grated a heath candy bar on top! Oh my was it good! Haven't thought about using it to dip apples in, thanks for sharing!

  24. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your packaging! I am gonna do this for christmas gifts! This is Dulce de Leche not caramel and although they are similar they are not the same thing...not at all

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