Pastillas De Leche (Philippine Soft Milk Candy)





Introduction: Pastillas De Leche (Philippine Soft Milk Candy)

About: Interested in different things i could possibly make.

Pastillas de Leche if directly translated from Spanish means “milk tablets” or “milk pills” which basically describes this Filipino sweet delicacy. This is made from evaporated milk with some mixtures to make it like a dough. The dough will be formed into small shape and be coated with sugar. 

This can't be usually found in other countries and to taste Philippines sweet delicacy at your place, I made this step by step instructable. 

This recipe can produce 50 small pieces, but number can vary in size.

Step 1: Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/3 cup Milk powder
  • 1 can condensed Milk
  • few drops of Vanilla Extract
  • Sugar
  • Butter
* note: if making more just make this as the ratio.

Materials to use:
  • wooden stick
  • cooking pan(try not using tefal)
  • plates
  • mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Container (For sugar)
Most important thing needed

Step 2: Boiling the Evaporated Milk

In the cooking pan Boil the evaporated milk until you see evaporation in the liquid. you may see around 3/4 left from the original.

Step 3: Put in the Condensed Milk

Place in the condensed milk it with the boiling evaporated milk. 

just continue to mix

Step 4: After Adding Condensed Milk

Measure 1/3 cup of powdered milk and add it into the boiling mixture.

Keep mixing the mixture until the powdered milk is dissolved.

*Note: you could actually use any powdered milk but they may have different taste.

Step 5: Now Add the Vanilla Extract

Adding vanilla extract will give out good fragrance of vanilla. It will also give out a little twitch in the taste.

*note: do not put too much or it will make a gradual difference with the taste.

Step 6: Wait for It

The texture of the mixture will change as the milk evaporates.

This step took around 10 minutes. 

While waiting you still have to mix to even out the heat to the mixture.

stiffing of the mixtures on the side can be a sign that it could be already cooled just give some time after seeing them while mixing.

*note: Just be careful not to over cook it, you will see black things if it does.

Step 7: Cooling Down the Mixture

In a Mixing bowl put in ice, Water and salt. (ICE BATH)

 I suggest preparing a glass bowl so that the heat wont go to your hands after transferring.

You may want to put some butter to the inner surface of the Bowl so that the mixture wont stick.

Now being ready with everything, Transfer the Boiled mixture to the glass bowl and then put it into the ICE BATH

In the ICE BATH it could take minutes just watch it to harden more

*Info: Salt will lower freezing point not to melt the ice quickly.

Step 8: Preparing Other Things

We will need to coat it with Sugar so that it wont be sticky, and we also need its packaging

        Just get any container and fill it with refined sugar

you can also prepare your packaging because  cooling will take time.

        In packaging you can use any material like cellophane, bond paper or even Japanese paper.

        The size and the design is up to you to decide.

Step 9: After Cooling Mold the Mixture

If the mixture is sticky just make a long cylinder most likely to be compared to a short snake.

Cut the long cylinder into desired length.

If the mixture is not moldable you can add 1 and 1/2 cup powdered milk to achieve the desired dough like texture.

Step 10: Coat the Molded Pastillas

Put the molded dough into the sugar prepared in step 8

make sure every corner is coated with sugar.

This coating will cover the pastillas since it is very sticky.

Step 11: Pack the Coated Pastillas

After coating you can just transfer it into another plate and store it in the refrigerator, but if you want a good packaging and to make it also free from insects step 8 will be useful.

to pack it like the one in the pictures
  1. Put the coated pastillas into the bond paper then roll it. (position and roll it)
  2. Put the rolled bond paper with the pastillas to the center of the cellophane (center it)
  3. Match the edge then fold inwards to the center (fold it)
  4. Twist both sides of the cellophane. (twist it)
*Note: you can pack it your own way, with your own materials

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    There are Peruvians in my family that make cookies with a similar setup. One trick they use is to boil the whole can of evaporated milk while it's still sealed. Usually they'll boil two and store one for next time. They just remove the wrapper from the can and boil the sealed cans for 3 to 4 hours.

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    Hi it sounds interesting but wont the can explode due to expansion?


    We've never had that happen. I don't think there's anything in there that should expand, very much. Usually cans are boiled for a short period of time during the canning process of most food, anyways. It looks like someone else has made an instructable about the process, too.

    how many weeks or months can this last? Does it require any preservatives to last long say like 3 months?


    The can can definitely explode if the pot boils dry. So just keep topping up the water and it's safe.


    Nope. Boiling cans is often part of the canning process.

    how long is your preparation time and cooking time?

    very informative.. how long does the product last? Weeks?Months?

    Hi, good looking for this recipe..I visit too many website but i found that this one is good so i will try to do this for a small business..I may ask something if you don't long that this product last..?.coz i have no preservatives....please... i need your answer....thanks...

    just how much vanilla is enough? :-)

    wow sarap salamat po sa recipe eto yung result ng ginawa ko

    Well we Filipinos didn't tried cocoa yet. Tell us what it taste like when you've tried it, ok? :)

    Where do you add in the butter and how much butter must it be?

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    Add the butter to a bowl when you're going to transfer it or to cool down the pastillas

    I can help if you want to.

    I can help if you want to.

    hello I tried doing this but made my pastillas hard as a rock. what stabilizers to use to prevent from hardening the product if stored longer if not placed in the ref?

    ill made this before but i couldn't cooked it... ill only mix it all ingredients.. so funny is it!!