dulce de leche


dul·​ce de leche ˈdəl-(ˌ)sā-də-ˈle-ˌchā How to pronounce dulce de leche (audio)
: sweetened caramelized milk that is traditionally made by reducing a mixture of milk and sugar over heat
Pastry chefs are obsessed with dulce de leche, the luscious, milky South American caramel. Food & Wine
… the three distinct textures—cakey brownie, gooey dulce de leche and semi-firm ganache—worked in a tasty little harmony. Gregory Furgala
To make a good dulce de leche—a gradual reduction of milk and sugar and bicarbonate of soda—is a time consuming and laborious process … Joe McNamee
Dulce de leche is a luscious topping made by slowly caramelizing sweetened milk. Many people make it by boiling a can of condensed milk unopened in a pot of simmering water … Stephanie Eddy
often used before another noun
… astonishingly rich dulce de leche cheesecake with spiced caramel popcorn. John Mariani

Word History


borrowed from American Spanish, from Spanish dulce "sweet food, dessert" (noun derivative of dulce, adjective, "sweet," going back to Latin dulcis) + de "of, from" (going back to Latin ) + leche "milk," going back to Latin lact-, lac — more at dulcet, de-, galaxy

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dulce de leche was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Dulce de leche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dulce%20de%20leche. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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