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Jun 19, 2011 05:52 PM

Sweetened condensed milk brands

I'm wondering why David Lebovitz says he prefers this brand

of sweetened condensed milk--

the ingredients are identical to my can of Meadow Gold.

It's a ridiculous 52 degrees and raining here (Salt Lake City) now, but this summer I want to make coffee popsicles, fudgesicles, etc. with the sweet milk as a base.

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  1. I've used Eagle Brand for about fifty years and I see no reason to try anything else. If it works, don't fix it.

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    1. re: todao

      Yep, Eagle brand. I'm ashamed to admit I even like it straight.

      It's ridiculously hot and humid here . . . So Blue, if you have a recipe for fudgesicles I'd love to hear it.

      1. re: gaffk

        You know, I have this one, but now that I look, it does *not* say sweetened condensed.

        It would have to be the sweetened kind, I think.


        4 cups milk

        1/3 cup cocoa powder

        1 can (14 ounces) condensed milk

        1. re: blue room

          "condensed" indicates sweetened...if not, it would say "evaporated" milk.

          but you already figured that out since the recipe doesn't call for sugar ;)

          1. re: blue room

            Thanks for the recipe blue!

            I just did a sanity check in my pantry and my can most definitely says "sweetened condensed milk."

      2. I've read elsewhere that Longevity Gold is a preferred brand in SE Asia. That one has some extra dry milk added, but I didn't notice any difference from Carnation etc. Beware there are some 'filled' versions, using dried milk and vegetable fats.

        Asian groceries carry a variety of brands and qualities of sweetened condensed milk. It is used in Vietnamese style coffee and tea.

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        1. re: paulj

          Right. You have to watch out for the "filled" sweetened condensed milk -- often the same brand makes both, so it's easy to pick up the wrong one.

          1. re: paulj

            Also some people like it with their morning baguette!

          2. TV chefs can get precious with their preferences. It's sometimes by design, as it were.

            1. The difference in tastes among several brands are subtle, and many people seem to not really recognize them. The thickness and viscosity may also differ slightly.
              The biggest differences seem to be in price, however.