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Sweetened Condensed Milk

Although 21st-century Americans have refrigerators and no longer need to rely on canned milk for safety, we still reach for sweetened condensed milk to make such desserts as flan and Key lime pie because it’s sweet, thick, smooth, and resistant to curdling.

What We Learned

Although 21st-century Americans have refrigerators and no longer need to rely on canned milk for safety, we still reach for sweetened condensed milk to make such desserts as flan and Key lime pie because it’s sweet, thick, smooth, and resistant to curdling. To find out which product is best, we tasted four (all about $3 for 14 ounces), both plain and in flan. Three contained only wh...