Why You Need Sweetened Condensed Milk in Your Pantry

Milk in a can? You better believe it, since this all-star staple shines in satisfying sweet treats.

Milk in a can? You better believe it. If you don't already have sweetened condensed milk in your pantry cupboard, it's time to hit the grocery store, because this thick, creamy liquid is chock-full of sweetness in the best way possible and quickly turns everyday desserts into over-the-top treats with little effort. Add it to fillings, batters, bars and shakes for next-level richness and a moist finished product every time. On this morning's all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts showed off three of their all-time favorite ways to put this culinary miracle worker in a can to good use, including s'mores-inspired truffles made with only a handful of ingredients. Read on below for top recipes from Sunny Anderson, Geoffrey Zakarian and Katie Lee.

When it comes to pie crust, it doesn't get simpler than a buttery graham cracker base. Just press the golden mixture into the pan, then bake it for only a few minutes. For her flavorful filling, Katie opts for a bright, refreshing combination of fresh lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk. Once the pie is frozen, she finishes the dessert with fluffy whipped cream for a crowd-pleasing presentation.

Rolled in charred marshmallows and crushed cinnamon graham crackers, Sunny's two-bite truffles boast a two-chocolate center made especially indulgent by sweetened condensed milk.

It takes just five minutes to make Geoffrey's go-to sipper. While malt powder adds a warm, slightly nutty flavor, the sweetened condensed milk and small pour of molasses promise welcome decadence.

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