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I enjoy Vietnamese/Thai/Brazilian iced coffee with the signature condensed milk. However, my efforts to reproduce have fallen flat.

Using either condensed milk from a can or squeeze bottle, it never really mixes well and falls to the bottom. It ends up as a 'strand' down the length of the class. What is the proper method of adding condensed milk to iced coffee and having it mix well?

Steps I am taking:

  1. Fill regular glass to near-top of the rim with ice
  2. Add toddy brewed iced coffee (refrigerated)
  3. Add milk or half and half
  4. Add tablespoon+ of condensed milk
  5. Stir with spoon or straw

Is the secret heating up the condensed milk? That seems terribly inconvenient.

  • Added 5th step, stirring. – Taylor Ackley May 17 '17 at 21:05
  • Mix warm (nuke 15sec) then add crushed ice which thickens mix. If no crushed ice machine, mix in blender after all ingredients are concentrated and blended then diluted with ice and crush 30 seconds. – Sunnyskyguy EE75 May 17 '17 at 23:31
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It definitely works if everything is room temperature or a bit warmer, maybe 20-30C (68-86F), and it definitely won't work if it's all pretty cold.

It sounds like you may be a little too far on the cold end. You have coffee at 0C, plenty of ice to hold it at 0C, and a small amount of condensed milk at room temperature that'll rapidly cool down as soon as it's added. The upshot is that you're basically stirring at 0C, not even room temperature, and condensed milk at 0C is indeed pretty darn thick.

To keep things simple, I'd start out by just stirring the condensed milk in without ice. You could even stir it into just the milk/half-and-half, since with a smaller quantity of refrigerated liquid, the temperature won't drop as much. Stirring that into the rest of it should then be much easier. You may also want to stir continuously as you're adding the milk, rather than after adding it all.

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