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Homemade Fudge and Cake Recipes From PET Milk

Updated on October 15, 2014

M-m-m Delicious...Made with PET Milk

Years ago our grandmothers enjoyed making these cake and fudge recipes with and for their children! Today, you can make the same delicious recipes for your family!

These recipes are fast and easy, made with convenient ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. They are perfect for making with children or anytime you need a dessert in a hurry! These recipes are great for bake sales or sharing with neighbors and friends during the holidays!

If you are looking for an old recipe that your mother or grandmother used to make, you might find it here. These homemade fudge and cake recipes are adapted from an old Pet Milk ad that was tucked away in a collection of my great-aunt Madaline's newspaper clippings from the late 1940s. I do not know if these recipes are from that era, but it is likely that they are. The little brochure was published by Pet Milk Company and is undated.

I do know that it was published prior to the use of zip codes. Inside the brochure it says, "For additional recipes, write for Mary Lee Taylor's latest cookbook. Pet Milk Col, 1418 Arcade Bldg., St. Louis 1, Mo."

Enjoy these old homemade fudge and cake recipes!

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Vintage Pet Milk Recipe Book - Rare & Hard to Find!

Perhaps your mother or grandmother made goodies from this cookbook!

Pet Recipes Pet Milk Cookbook
Pet Recipes Pet Milk Cookbook

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recipes with evaporated milk
recipes with evaporated milk

De Luxe Brownies

Evaporated Milk Recipes

Use your favorite brownie mix. Follow package directions for mixing fudgy or chewy brownies, but replace the water with double-rich PET Evaporated Milk and add an extra 2 Tablespoons of PET Milk. Follow the package directions for baking. If desired, cool, then spread with Chocolate Frosting.

This is the first recipe from the Pet Milk brochure....a recipe for chocolate frosting. This easy recipe only takes a few minutes to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. Chocolate Pudding (not the "instant" kind)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 teaspoons PET Evaporated Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Butter

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix well in a heavy 1 1/2-quart saucepan 1 package of chocolate pudding mix (not the "instant" kind), 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup PET Evaporated Milk. Cook and stir to a full, all-over boil. Lower heat, stir and boil slowly for 3 minutes. Take off heat.
  2. 2. Without stirring, add 1 tablespoon of butter and let cool for 10 minutes. Then stir until mixture is VERY thick.
  3. 3. Add 2 teaspoons PET Evaporated Milk, and stir until thick enough to spread on a cool Skillet Cake (see recipe below) or 1 layer of cake, 13 x 9 inches.
  4. How to Make Skillet Cake: Use your favorite cake mix. Follow package directions, but bake in a 10-inch copper or aluminum skillet 50 to 60 minutes, or until cake pulls from sides. Cool before frosting.
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Pet Milk Chocolate Clusters

  • 1 package Chocolate Pudding (not the "instant" kind)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup PET Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 cup small
  • salted Peanuts (OR
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature Marshmallows)

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix well in a heavy 1 1/2-quart saucepan the chocolate pudding mix, sugar, and PET Evaporated Milk. Cook and stir to a full, all-over boil. Lower heat, stir and boil slowly for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. 2. Without stirring, add the butter and let cool 10 minutes. Then stir until mixture is VERY thick.
  3. 3. Stir in the peanuts, or quickly fold in the marshmallows. With 2 teaspoons, drop candy quickly onto waxed paper. Makes about 24.
  4. Tip: If the candy becomes too stiff to drop easily, stir in a few drops of PET milk.

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Pet Milk Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Pet Milk Pumpkin Pie Recipe | Source

Nut Frosted Cake

This is one of the most delicious recipes with evaporated milk: Nut Frosted Cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely cut
  • unsalted Nuts
  • 1/2 cup PET Evaporated Milk

Instructions

  1. 1. Bake a 13 x 9-inch cake, using your favorite yellow cake mix.
  2. 2. While cake bakes, mix in a 1-quart bowl: the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nuts.
  3. 3. Stir in the evaporated milk a little at a time, until well blended.
  4. 4. When cake is baked, take from the oven and at once spread sugar mixture on top. Return cake to oven for 10 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
Remember the warmth of Grandmother's kitchen!
Remember the warmth of Grandmother's kitchen! | Source

Vanilla Nut Fudge - Homemade Fudge Recipe from the Pet Milk Company

This evaporated milk fudge is easy to make and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 package Vanilla Pudding (not the "instant" kind)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup PET Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
  • 1/2 cup broken
  • unsalted Nuts

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix well in a heavy 1 1/2-quart saucepan, the pudding mix, sugar and Pet Milk.
  2. 2. Cook and stir to a full, all-over boil. Lower heat, stir and boil slowly for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. 3. Without stirring, add the butter or margarine.
  4. 4. Let cool 10 minutes, then stir until mixture is VERY thick.
  5. 5. Stir in the nuts.
  6. 6. If candy is too stiff to spread easily, stir in a few drops of PET Milk. Spread quickly in a buttered 9 x 5-inch pan. If desired, press shelled nut halves into top of fudge. Let stand until firm. Cut into squares.
homemade fudge
homemade fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

Homemade Fudge Recipe from the PET Milk Company

Follow recipe for Vanilla Nut Fudge, but just before taking mixture off heat, stir in 1/4 cup of Peanut Butter. Omit broken nuts.

Just like Grandma used to make!

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Pet Evaporated Milk, 12 Ounce (Pack of 24)
Pet Evaporated Milk, 12 Ounce (Pack of 24)

If you have trouble finding PET Milk in your neighborhood grocery, you can order it from Amazon. You get a case of 24 cans of Pet Evaporated Milk. That's enough to make all of these recipes, several times. Great for a bake sale, holidays or just making sure you have enough on hand to make all of your evaporated milk recipes!

 

Now it is your turn! Share your memories of your mother or grandmother cooking with PET Evaporated Milk! Do you have hints, tips or suggestions? Share them here!

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    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I used to make coconut macaroons for my mom with PET milk. She loved them.

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Hmmm fudge! I am not familiar with PET milk, in Canada I use Carnation milk.

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      Love it...I adore the old recipe books that companies put out. They are an interesting snapshot of a time and place.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I remember baking with PET when my grandmother lived with us when I was a kid. Thanks for the memories :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I saw Pet Milk all my life, until now that I'm here in Vegas. The only kind I see in the store now is Carnation. I love these recipes...those were the days when everything tasted better and there weren't so many additives to everything. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I like old recipes because for the most part - they use only a few ingredients, nothing fancy. And we all know that things that came from our gramma's kitchen, tasted the best... Much blessed! :)

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      Diane Cass 6 years ago from New York

      I do love baking with evaporated milk. I don't always use pet. My favorite is homemade pumpkin pie. My other favorite use for evaporated milk is to use it instead of creamer in my coffee. It's fresh dairy flavor is so much better than those non-dairy creamer concoctions from the store. And the non-fat evaporated milk is creamy without being fattening. Love it!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Ah, these old-fashioned recipes sound so good. Now if I just had an old-fashioned granny to make them for me. I'm such a lazy cook.