Dulce de leche made in the slow-cooker in jars. No stirring, no cans!

Slow-Cooker No-Stir Dulce de Leche in Jars {no cans}

Is this the perfect caramel apple dip? Oh my, yes. Don't forget, though, that it's also wonderful in ANY dessert calling for caramel or dulce de leche. Use as a filler between cake layers, cookies, on ice cream, stirred into hot chai or coffee or cocoa, or simply convey to mouth with spoon; whichever way you eat it, you'll be so glad you did!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 183 kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


Per Batch of Slow-Cooker No-Stir Dulce de Leche in Jars:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14-16 ounces
  • 1 half of a vanilla bean split and scraped, seeds and pod reserved
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pint sized canning jar with a clean two-piece lid

Additional equipment needed:

  • 1 slow cooker deep enough to hold lidded pint sized canning jars topped with at least an inch of water.


  1. Add the split and scraped vanilla pod and seeds to a clean pint canning jar. Open the can of sweetened condensed milk and pour it into the jar, scraping the can to be sure to get all of the sweetened condensed milk. Add the pinch of salt. Screw the lid in place to fingertip tightness, then slowly invert and turn the jar right-side-up several times. Put the jar(s) in the slow-cooker and add hot tap water to the slow-cooker to cover the jars by an inch. Place the lid on the slow-cooker, set to LOW and let it cook for 8 to 12 hours. When the cooking time is up, turn off the slow-cooker, remove the lid, and let it stand undisturbed until the water reaches room temperature. Rinse the jar(s), refrigerate, and use within 2 weeks!
Nutrition Facts
Slow-Cooker No-Stir Dulce de Leche in Jars {no cans}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 210mg6%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.