Similar to caramel in appearance, the beloved South American confection dulce de leche differs in ingredients: traditional recipes include milk.
Although the sweet sauce can now be found worldwide, it is believed to have originated in Argentina during the mid-19th century.
As the story goes, its development was actually an accident that was caused when a "serving woman" was distracted from a dish that she was preparing for soldiers during war. She had originally intended to create "la lechada" for the camp, but when she returned to her pan, she discovered a "dark brown jelly substance" and dulce de leche (at least similar to what we now know) came to be.
Craving dulce de leche? Check out our recipe for dulce de leche French toast!