Difference between Milk and Condensed Milk

Key Difference: Milk is a nutritious liquid that is secreted from the mammary glands of various females from the animal kingdom like cow, goat and deer. Condensed milk is cow’s milk from which no cream but water has been removed.

Dictionary.com defines ‘Milk’ as:

  • An opaque white or bluish-white liquid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals, serving for the nourishment of their young.
  • This liquid as secreted by cows, goats, or certain other animals and used by humans for food or as a source of butter, cheeses, yogurt, etc.
  • Any liquid resembling this, as the liquid within a coconut, the juice or sap of certain plants, or various pharmaceutical preparations.
  • To press or draw milk from the udder or breast of.
  • To extract something from as if by milking.
  • To get something from; exploit: The swindler milked her of all her savings.
  • To extract; draw out: He's good at milking laughs from the audience.

Milk is a term that is used for all kinds of milk obtained from animals like cows, goats, buffaloes or deer. Babies can’t eat solid food, thus milk is given to them. It gives calcium, phosphorous, protein, magnesium, and vitamin to the body. Carbohydrates are needed for the body to function at its optimal level. Lactose is the primary carbohydrate that is present in the cow’s milk. It often causes digestive problems for some people.

Milk contains a lot of calcium that helps bones and teeth to grow stronger. Milk is never harmful for anyone. In fact, drinking one glass of milk everyday will give one about 44% of thier daily vitamins intake.

Condensed milk is a type of milk from which water is removed. In condensed milk, 40% sugar is added to make it thicker, stronger and more concentrated. Condensed milk can be sweetened and it can be natural in taste. It is completely different from regular milk. It is high in calories but is good for oneself. It is mostly used for baking because it is sweetened condensed milk from which most of the liquid is taken out and sugar is added in it.

Nestle - Carnation - Condensed Milk

Condensed milk is made up of approximately 40 to 45 percent sugar, cooked down and mixed with whole milk until it becomes a sticky, sweet substance with a caramelized flavor and a light brown color. It is mainly used to make desserts.

Condensed milk mainly consists of two types:

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unsweetened condensed milk (Evaporated Milk)

Unsweetened condensed milk, usually marketed as evaporated milk, is a complete another form of condensing milk. The milk is evaporated, that is the liquid is taken out from the milk but sugar is not added in it. It has the same consistency of cream that sweetened condensed milk has. Condensed milk should be used for malnourished children. It’s a very good health food for these children.

Condensed milk can be dated back to France in the 1820s, but it became popular in the US by Gail Borden Jr. after he saw that people could not afford to store milk at homes, because of it spoiling and curdling very fast. He also noted that milk was found actively only in places where cows were in the vicinity. He created condense milk to provide a more longer-lasting product for people who did not have easy access to the milk.

The composition of important elements present in these milks is categorized in the table below:



Condensed Milk


A nutritious liquid that is secreted from the mammary glands of various females from the animal kingdom like cow, goat and deer.

Whole milk reduced by evaporation to a thick consistency, with sugar added.


6.9 g

9 g


3.7 g

1.5 g

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