Scraping the leftover condensed milk from my mother’s tins over the years as a child, I grew to love the sweet, magical stuff. One day I wondered what it would be like to have one’s Very Own Tin of Condensed Milk?
There was no denying that it would be a very fine thing indeed and since it was Christmas time, I bought six tins, designed my own labels and carefully glued them onto the pots of milky gold.
My sisters freaked at Christmas that year. It was a major thing, let me tell you, to have your Very Own Anything with four girls around. (Yes, condensed milk was always on the menu but shared: eg. my dad would punch holes into a tin which we’d pass around or make caramel which we’d all spoon out of the tin in one sitting).
My dad was fed sweet condensed milk as a baby. My Mom baked with it. It’s become a family tradition. Needless to say, I can’t resist the stuff. Take making condensed milk ice-cream for example: it never quite gets to the ‘ice’ stage…
CONDENSED MILK ICE-CREAM RECIPE
Ingredients: One tin of Nestle condensed milk, one tin of Nestle Ideal Milk, 250 ml of cream and 5 ml of vanilla extract
Method: Mix the condensed milk, Ideal milk (evaporated milk) and vanilla extract. Whip the cream well and then fold it into the condensed milk mix. Place in the freezer until there is crystal formation. Beat the mix again and freeze.