A few weeks ago I bought a can of caramel flavored sweetened condensed milk, a new seasonal flavor from Eagle Brand. Even though sweetened condensed milk is completely different from caramel, the product seemed a little redundant. Condensed milk is already used in so many caramel flavored recipes and is the primary component of dulce de leche. What’s the point of adding caramel flavoring to sweetened condensed milk? Obviously, I had to know so I bought a can and finally opened it today.
It definitely doesn’t look or taste like regular condensed milk, nor does it taste like dulce de leche. It tastes pretty artificial, actually. It reminds me of the caramel flavored peanut butter I bought a few months ago which was also a seasonal thing and which tasted more like butterscotch than caramel. Caramel flavored sweetened condensed milk is a fun idea, but after tasting this one I’d rather just use regular sweetened condensed milk. If you’ve brought this product and have used it in something awesome, do tell. I used half the can in this small batch of easy rocky road candy and am trying to figure out what to do with the rest.
Now my usual “Rocky Road Candy” is “Caramel Rocky Road Candy” which sounds so much fancier, right? The caramel flavoring in the milk adds an interesting note. Fuzz really liked it and Todd hasn’t tried it, so the jury is still out. If you have some caramel flavored sweetened condensed milk around and want to try the rocky road, here’s the recipe. Now I need to find a way to use the rest of the can.
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 of a 14 oz can of caramel flavored condensed milk (7 oz total)
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup lightly salted peanuts
- Line an 8 inch square pan with nonstick foil.
- Put the chocolate chips and butter in large microwave-safe mixing bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir well, then stir in half a can (7 oz) of condensed milk. Heat for another 30 seconds, then stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.
- Add the marshmallows and peanuts and stir until coated, then turn into the lined pan and press down with another sheet of nonstick foil. Chill for an hour or until mixture is firm, then cut into squares. For a cleaner cut, freeze the candy before slicing.