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Mini Flan Desserts in Mason Jars: Yummy Cinco de Mayo Desserts

Updated on February 19, 2013

Make Mini Flan Mason Jar Desserts for Cinco De Mayo or Any Time!

One of my favorite Mexican treats is flan. It's super easy to make if you have a good mold and don't mind a little time. When spring begins, my chickens start laying faithfully, and my fridge becomes full of eggs. Flan is a great way to use up a bunch of eggs quickly. However, a full-sized flan can take a little time to prepare. As my teens came home from a Christmas party, they carried some cute mason jar desserts, and my mind went right to work.

Now that the egg supply is picking up after a winter respite, I'm ready to give my ideas wings, and the result of one of my first efforts is these mini flans! Following is a simple recipe and some tips for making your own flan for Cinco de Mayo or another occasion!

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I came to love flan when I lived in Mexico. I had a neighbor teach me basic flan and a couple of variations. I know enough to experiment! I have some fun future lenses related to other Mexican desserts that tie into the flan concept.

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The example pictured at the top of the lens includes a caramelized sugar coating, integral in traditional flan dishes that I've tried. However, the example pictured in this module is caramel. Both are tasty, and I highly recommend the caramel version!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 min.

Total Time: 30-35 min.

Serves: 24


  • 1 Can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Sugar


  1. Combine ingredients except for sugar in a blender.
  2. Prepare jars by cleaning and drying. Pour approximately one tablespoon of sugar into each 4 oz. jelly jar. Use a butane torch to melt and slightly burn the sugar. Use caution in handling the hot glasses.
  3. Fill each jar to the bottom line. Cover with a canning lid and screw the ring on tightly.
  4. Immerse your jars into a boiling water bath, using a low heat setting, for 15 minutes. A full rolling boil for 15 minutes will produce a bubbly flan. For a smoother result, try to keep your heat on the low side so the water is boiling gently. You will have to adjust as you go.
  5. At the end of the 15 minutes, use your gripper to remove the jars. Allow at least 5 minutes of cooling time before removing rings and lids. You can store intact in the fridge overnight if you are making your desserts for later consumption. In either case, use a butter knife to loosen the flan, running it between the custard and the jar. Invert jar on a dessert plate and tap a bit to release the flan.
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Flan is Great for Using Up Extra Eggs

A Couple of Notes on Quantity

You will need to repeat the 15 min. baño de Maria, or boiling water bath, multiple times if you are making a bunch of flans. My first effort made 12 and left me with lots of flan mix and no Mason jars. I saved the other half in a quart size jar and saved for a different day.

You may want to have these tools for making your mini flan desserts....

Presto 09995 7 Function Canning Kit
Presto 09995 7 Function Canning Kit

A jar gripper and a wide mouthed funnel come in handy for various canning projects, and they are important in this one for filling and moving your 4 oz jelly jars.

Stainless Steel Canning Rack, Flat, by VICTORIO VKP1056
Stainless Steel Canning Rack, Flat, by VICTORIO VKP1056

This rack can assist you in quickly removing your jars from the boiling water bath without burning yourself.

Presto Cooking/Canning Rack  for Pressure Canner
Presto Cooking/Canning Rack for Pressure Canner

I used my rack in the bottom of my large stock pot so that I wouldn't have glass jars too close to my electric range. I've had canning jars break, and it's messy to deal with. This can help.


Caramelization of Your Mini Flans with a Butane Torch

BonJour Chef's Tools Professional Culinary / Crème Brûlée Torch, Black
BonJour Chef's Tools Professional Culinary / Crème Brûlée Torch, Black

My son bought me this torch for my birthday, and it's great! I love the safety features, and I plan to try making creme brulee one of these days. For now, it's an integral part of getting that burned sugar into my mini mason jar desserts.

The azucar quemado, burned sugar, is easy on a gas stove in a metal flan mold. In a glass jar, you have to be careful. However, a good butane torch can facilitate your experimentation. Just remember that you will get a blister if you touch the burned sugar too soon!


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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      In my country, we have our own version which we call "leche flan".