Take treat time to the next level with this awesome recipe. 


  • 225g (8oz) butter

  • 1 x 410g (14½oz) tin of evaporated milk

  • 900g (2lb) caster sugar

  • 3 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1.

    Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan over a low heat.

  • 2.

    Add the milk, 200ml (7fl oz) water, the sugar and vanilla extract and stir with a whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Turn up the heat to simmer and stir constantly for about 3545 minutes. It's ready when it

  • 3.

    Reaches 115°C (239°F).

  • 4.

    If you have a sugar thermometer, use it as soon as the mixture boils. If you don't have one, test for the soft ball stage (to do this, place a blob – ½ teaspoon or so – into a small bowl of cold water and as it cools, it will form a soft ball).

  • 5.

    Pull off the heat and place in a deep oven tray filled with iced water.

  • 6.

    Allow to cool to 110C, and then beat with a wooden spoon until thickened.

  • 7.

    Scrape into the prepared tin and smooth with a spatula.

  • 8.

    Allow to cool and then cut before completely cold.

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