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Dulce De Leche is the Perfect Caramel Alternative You Need to Try

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Apr 4, 2014 • References: food52 and food52
If you have yet to try dulce de leche, Homemade Dulce de Leche is a recipe you definitely need to fit in your weekly routine. Not only will it cure a sweet tooth in a matter of seconds, it might even replace caramel as a prized topping on ice cream and just about anything else.

It's dangerously addictive and though we can't guarantee you won't indulge in a carb overload as a result, but if you do, we won't tell.

For this recipe, you'll need one quart of whole milk, a cup of sugar, and half a teaspoon of kosher salt, one split vanilla bean and a quarter of a cup of baking soda.

The result is a caramel paste that's perfectly rich and sweet, without being too sweet or too rich.