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The secret is out — and it’s both sweet and savory!

Whether it’s traditional recipes with a twist, a new take on a classic dish or a fresh new idea, sweetened condensed milk can be a secret ingredient to make desserts — and even savory dishes — delicious. These recipes, all finalists in the Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe and Essay Contest, are infused with creativity and sweetened condensed milk. From the savory winning entry — a smooth, creamy soup with a touch of curry — to a sweet dreamy malt shop-inspired pie and a taste-of-the-tropics cheesecake, these recipes are mouthwatering to look at, easy to prepare and perfect for sharing.

Autumn Acorn Squash Soup

Rebekah R., Appleton, Wis.

Servings: 6

Cooking time: 10 minutes

1 small onion

1/4 cup chopped celery

2 tablespoons sweet cream butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon chicken bouillon

1/2 teaspoon dill weed

1/4 teaspoon curry powder

Dash cayenne pepper

2 cups chicken bone stock

1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

3 cups cooked acorn squash, mashed

Salt and pepper to taste

6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Saute the onion and celery in butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour, bouillon, dill, curry and cayenne pepper. Gradually add chicken stock and sweetened condensed milk.

Boil for 2 minutes. Add the squash, salt and pepper.

Place in blender; blend in batches until smooth. Pour into bowls; garnish with bacon.

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