DACA Renewal Fees & Helado de Tres Leches

Incredibly, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy remains the law of the land–at least for now. However, Dreamers must still pay a $495 every two years to keep their status, or else the risk of being torn away from their lives, families, and communities becomes much greater.

That’s why United We Dream is currently raising money for a DACA Renewal Fund that will provide direct financial assistance to Dreamers paying their $495 fee as well as DACA renewal clinics. This is what our ice cream is funding this time around.

The flavor? Tres leches.


1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated whole milk
1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons creme de cacao
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt


I’m gonna start on a bit of a detour: You ever had banoffee pie? It’s English and it’s delicious–two things that (sorry) aren’t typically true at the same time. Its preparation includes creating soft, spoonable toffee by submerging a can of sweetened condensed milk in water and boiling it for 3 hours. Really. We want to do something similar, but we don’t want the texture to get quite as thick, so we’ll be boiling for 2 hours.


To start, fill the biggest pot you’ve got with water. Once it’s boiling, remove the condensed milk can’s label and submerge the can (without opening). Boil at a low boil for two hours. Top off with boiling water from your kettle if the water gets low.

Once the two hours are up, remove the can–CAREFULLY– and let it rest on the countertop for an hour. Open it–CAREFULLY–and scrape the contents into a large bowl with a spatula. Add the other ingredients in whatever order, blend it (either an immersion blender or countertop blender will do), and chill it in the fridge for several hours until cooled. Churn in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Makes 1.5 quarts (6 cups).