Review + Recipe: La Guli Condensed Soya Milk

La Guli Condensed Soya Milk: dairy-free and vegan

Vegan caramel shortbread made easy, with dairy-free condensed milk. Lactose-free and gluten-free, this vegan version of condensed milk is made with soya and corn syrup. Available in the UK from several online retailers. It works well, and the recipe for millionaire's shortbread is below:

The can is sold by weight, at 330g. If you're adapting a recipe, you may need to know that this equates to around 285ml, or about half an old UK pint (not the same as a US pint, so be careful with US recipes)

Out of the can, it tastes a little bit soya-ey and is intensely sweet, but (from distant memory) it's quite like condensed milk.

The product can be used to make caramel, fudge and toffee. We decided that caramel shortbread was the best thing to test, as we've reviewed some poor versions previously. 

It works very well indeed. Unlike those poor fondants that you frequently see, the caramel we made was genuinely creamy and chewy. This dairy-free condensed milk has a lot of recipe potential!

If you've bought a can of La Guli condensed soya milk, and you'd like to make the caramel shortbread, here is our adapted recipe for you to try:


140g plain white flour
100g hard margarine
40g white caster sugar

330g condensed soya milk (La Guli)
40g hard margarine (e.g. Tomor or Stork Block. NOT a spread, such as Vitalite)
40g soft brown sugar

150g plain chocolate

For the shortbread, rub the fat into the flour, then add the sugar to make a dough. Press into a square 23cm baking tin and bake at 180C for 15 mins. Cool in the tin.

For the caramel, put everything in a pan and heat gently stirring constantly. When mixed, bring slowly to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring all the time. The caramel should thicken up (see picture). Pour over the base and allow to cool.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Spread it over the caramel. As soon as the chocolate sets, cut the shortbread into 9 pieces. Refrigerate to cool thoroughly, then store cool, but out of the fridge.

We're really pleased with La Guli Condensed Soya Milk. It's another vegan product that's made the grade in terms of being good enough for reliable use. It's expensive at the moment, but no doubt that will change as it becomes more popular.

Available from Anandas, Planet V, Goodness Direct, and Amazon

The Good: Reliable dairy-free substitute
The Not-so-good: A bit expensive

Veganoo Score: ★★★★☆
La Guli - Condensed Soya Milk

Footnote: Ingredients
Here is the ingredients panel from the pack we reviewed.

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1 comment:

  1. I made this & the caramel was too runny. I would boil it for a lot longer.


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