I think we can just skim passed the time in my life where I went crazy for condensed milk. Like, to the point where I would spread it on my morning toast... and everything else. Hey, I was young and it was pure sugar!
Thank goodness I grew out of the habit (aka, I discovered peanut butter's superiority when it came to toast). But today, the reason for me avoiding condensed milk very different: I have resolved to eat healthier and cut out the added, processed sugars from my diet. So I said buh-bye to my condensed-milk craze!
Although I didn't really miss the condensed milk in my daily life, there was a void of it in my baking life. Many recipes used condensed milk as its main ingredient--like key lime pie, tres leches cake, fudge, etc--so I could never make them. Just like how peanut butter filled my personal void before, other desserts filled my baking void this time around (yes, many of which contain peanut butter).
But. I wanted to make fudge. I really wanted to make fudge!
So I made my own condensed milk! And oh my gosh it's good. I took down a spoonful as fast as Mary Poppins would take down a spoonful of medicine, only my spoonful was a little more enjoyable ;)