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What is Dulce de Leche Coffee?

Have you ever heard of Dulce de Leche coffee? It is a favorite dessert coffee in many coffee shops.

The term comes from a word meaning “candy made from milk,” which refers to the thick Latin American caramel sauce used to make this coffee.

Other names used to refer to Dulce de leche are “Manjar” in Spanish and “Kajmak” in Polish.

Dulce de Leche is drizzled over cookies, cakes, flans, and other desserts. It has a spreadable consistency that makes some people refer to it as milk jam. It’s no surprise that they found a way to add it to coffee.

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Origin of Dulce de Leche Coffee

According to some coffee experts, Napoleon’s chef created dulce de leche in 1804 when he accidentally heated up sugar and milk for too long.

Some historians say that Dulce de leche was introduced to the Americas by the Spanish after they conquered the Philippines.

The Philippines, on the other hand, say they learned how to make Dulce de Leche from Indonesians. The sauce is quite popular today and is often used to prepare amazing desserts and drinks.

Although some people confuse dulce de leche for caramel due to its color and texture, they are different.

Caramel is made from granulated sugar, while dulce de leche is made from sweetened condensed milk. 

The process of preparing caramel sauce also differs from that of making dulce de leche.

While the latter is made by slowly simmering a container of sweetened condensed milk, caramel sauce is made by directly heating up granulated sugar.


How do you Make Dulce de Leche Sauce?

Dulce de leche is a luxuriously prepared sauce, which is why it attains such a fantastic texture and flavor.

It is prepared through caramelization, a browning reaction referring to the process of reducing the sweetened condensed milk to a thick sauce through heating.

To make dulce de leche sauce, you only have to simmer sweet condensed milk slowly until it attains a thick sugary caramel consistency and color.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make dulce de leche sauce.


Can of sweetened condensed milk

A small pot

Oven mittens


  1. Remove the label around the condensed milk and pierce two holes into the top of the can.
  2. Place it in a small pot filled 3/4 way up with water.
  3. Ensure you place a dishcloth underneath to keep the can of condensed milk from rattling during the cooking process.
  4. Heat up the condensed milk in a pot under medium heat. Once it starts to boil gently, lower the heat and let the water simmer.
  5. Keep adding water to the cooking pot until the dulce de leche is done. That will take about 2 1/2 hours.
  6. Remove the can of sauce from the hot water with some oven mittens and place it on a rack to cool.
  7. Once the can is cool, cut it open with a can opener and pour the amber dulce de leche sauce into a bowl.
  8. Whip or blend the sauce into a homogeneous consistency using a blender or whisk.

You can also make Dulce de leche sauce by baking condensed milk in the oven for 1 1/2 hours at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour the condensed milk into a ramekin and cover it with foil. Place the ramekin in a roasting pan filled with water halfway up and bake until ready.


How to Make Dulce de Leche coffee

Dulce de leche is a great sauce to use whenever you need to sweeten or flavor your coffee with a decadent sweetener.

Here’s how to make dulce de leche coffee.


6 ounces of dulce de leche sauce

3 cups of strongly brewed coffee

1 cup heavy cream

3 tbsps sugar

4 tbsps grated chocolate


  1. Pour dulce de leche sauce into a jug along with the freshly brewed coffee and stir until it dissolves.
  2. Combine the heavy cream with the sugar and whip it with a whisk until it attains a stiff consistency.
  3. Serve the coffee in glasses and top each one up with some whipped cream.
  4. Garnish the coffee with some grated chocolate.



Dulce de leche coffee is one of the tastiest and most decadent coffees you can order in a cafe.

You don’t have to keep on relying on the same popular dessert coffees served in cafes today. Exotic coffees like Dulce de leche give you a different experience.

It’s a simple coffee to make that’s rich in flavor. Serve it whenever you have guests as an after-dinner dessert drink.



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