Bonnie's Caramel Pie

This rich and delicious pie has an unusual cooking method but is well worth the time! It can be made with only 4 ingredients and is wonderful for a family gathering or church meal. I have used very cheap off-brand sweetened condensed milk, store brand whipped topping and pie crusts from the "dollar aisle" in this with good results. It is deceptively simple in appearance but very very tasty!



  • 1 graham cracker (or chocolate) pie crust
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
  • 1 container "Cool Whip" style whipped topping (8 oz.)
  • 1 toffee and chocolate candy bar (such as Heath, Skor, Symphony)


Remove the paper from around the can of condensed milk. Fill a heavy pot with enough water to cover can and bring to a boil. Add can, laying on its side. Lower temperature so that water is just barely boiling and cover with lid, leaving a small crack for steam to escape. Be sure to keep the can covered while boiling. I check it every hour and roll the can a bit each time.

After exactly 3 hours boiling time, remove the can from water using tongs so as not to burn hands. Run cold water over the can for several seconds.

Open can, being very careful because some of the caramel may "pop" out. I nestle the can on a dish towel for stability, use a good heat proof mitt, and shield myself from the initial pop of hot caramel with a plate. Haven't been burned yet!


Stir the caramel in the can with a butter knife and then pour and scrape it into the crust.

Let cool for a little while, then add up to 8 oz. of whipped topping (less may suffice) and one crushed up candy bar. It may be easier to crush the candy bar if you have put it in the freezer for a few minutes. Refrigerate pie for a few hours.

Servings: 8
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
3 Hours Cooking Time

Source: An online friend named Bonnie, several years ago. But I just tried it last year and it has been requested by family many times since!

By Shawna from Paris, TN

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful

Wow Shawna, that looks really good. I will have to wait till I have company till I make it. Otherwise I will eat the whole thing myself!

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful

Doesn't the water boil away? You don't say if you have to add more boiling water during the 3 hours cooking time.


Just wondering. GG Vi

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

This sounds like a good camping recipe. I don't think I'd want to leave a burner on my stove on for 3 hours (too much energy!), but you could do this over the campfire. Would be a tasty dessert!

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

You can skip the sweetened condensed milk and use a can of dulce de leche instead. In Argentina, they have the ready made dulce de leche and if want to make it, that is how they do it: by putting a can of sweetened condensed milk in a pan and let it caramelize. Down there they use this on everything, pancakes, ice cream, you name it. Hope this helps someone make a much easier pie. I have seen it in some grocery stores as it is gaining popularity up here in the states.

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April 24, 20100 found this helpful

Recipe contributor here...

To GG Vi: I guess I wasn't very clear in the recipe when I wrote, "Be sure to keep the can covered while boiling. I check it every hour and roll the can a bit each time." The reason I check it is to make sure it is still covered with water, and I do add a bit every hour just to keep it covered. Sorry about the confusion! Keeping the lid on the pot helps keep all the water from dissipating.


To karilynn: I've seen the Dulce Le Leche but haven't tried it. I wondered if it would get firm enough to cut like the boiled condensed milk? It seems very liquidy in the can.

I was just tent camping for a week... I should have taken the ingredients for this! I'm sad to say that my husband and I can eat a whole pie in about 2 days!

I'm making this for a church potluck tomorrow, which I just learned about this morning. I try to keep enough for one pie at all times.

Thanks for the comments!

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April 26, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks for the additional information. I will try this and let everyone know how mine turns out. Someone may have to come and give me a lesson on pie making,LOL And I'll make them a CAKE. GG Vi

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January 18, 20150 found this helpful

Well TF friends, I finally made this pie and it was very good/very rich. I wish I had done this sooner. Being a scaredy cat when it comes to pies, I put it off. But if you want a rich yummy pie, go for it! G.G. Vi

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