Malted Milk Ice Cream

A couple of months ago I was on a serious malt kick. I had ordered some malted milk powder from King Arthur Flour and went on a malt bender; most notable were the  Chocolate Malted Whopper Cookies and Malted Vanilla Milkshake. Seriously delicious. The malted milk powder takes just about everything to another level. Chocolate, vanilla, and of course… ice cream. If malt powder makes milkshakes dream-a-licious, then just imagine a milkshake made with malted milk ice cream… Whoppers and all!

I tasted the ice cream before I stirred in the Whoppers candy and can honestly say that it is equally as good with or without. The ice cream itself is packed full of that wonderful malt flavor, and it is only intensified once the Whoppers are stirred in. Some of the candy stayed crunchy and some softened a bit in the ice cream, so there is a nice mix of textures.

On a related note, I just remembered that July in National Ice Cream month! How fun is that?! What’s the best ice cream you’ve had so far this month?

One year ago: S’mores Whoopie Pies
Two years ago: Snickerdoodles
Three years ago: Fresh Blueberry Pie
Four years ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Malted Milk Ice Cream

Yield: 1½ quarts

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


1 cup half-and-half
¾ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
2 cups heavy cream
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup malt powder
6 egg yolks
2 cups malted milk balls (Whoppers), coarsely chopped


1. Warm the half-and-half, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, vanilla and malt powder and set a mesh strainer on top.

2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture in the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

3. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and whisk it into the malted milk mixture. Stir until cool over an ice bath.

4. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. As you remove the ice cream from the machine, fold in the chopped malted milk balls.

(Recipe from The Perfect Scoop)


61 Responses to “Malted Milk Ice Cream”

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite on July 15, 2011 at 12:18 am

    This looks so delicious!! I LOVE malted milk balls 🙂


  2. Katrina on July 15, 2011 at 12:37 am

    This sounds amazing. I love adding a bit of malt to milkshakes, so I know I’d like this. Yum!


  3. Jen of My Tiny Oven on July 15, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I love your ice cream recipes! Now I have another one to add to the “to make” pile!!


  4. CouponClippingCook on July 15, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I can practically taste this ice cream by looking at the picture…it looks so good! I’ve totally been on a malted milk ball kick lately and am trying to stop….but now I think I might be craving them again!


  5. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories on July 15, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Ok, that’s it! I officially need an ice cream machine!


  6. The Experimental Cook on July 15, 2011 at 3:30 am

    I love sprinkling malt on buttered toast or bread spread with condensed milk. And when there’s no more bread, I eat it just like that. Yum!


  7. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on July 15, 2011 at 6:09 am

    My dad loves malt balls, he would go crazy for this ice cream!


  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 15, 2011 at 7:40 am

    this is the creamiest ice cream i think i’ve seen all summer…so beautiful!


  9. shelly (cookies and cups) on July 15, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I am addicted to malt! Love Love Love!
    This is such a great recipe 🙂


  10. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking on July 15, 2011 at 8:31 am

    So funny that you post this, we have just this kind of ice cream in the freezer right now, only it’s Breyer’s. Yours looks better and I can so taste it on the spoon right now!


  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on July 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

    This looks delicious! I love Malts, and Whoppers – this is like the best of both worlds. I lent my ice cream maker to a friend, I need to get it back while there is still time in Ice Cream Month!


  12. Lori Lange on July 15, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I’d choose to overmalt it and add in the malt balls. Love malt so much. Gotta make this one!


  13. kate on July 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

    ooh this looks so amazing, my favorite part of eating ice cream is the chunks!


  14. Rodzilla on July 15, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I tried Ciao Bella’s Malted Milk Ball Gelato and was really let down, the base was just off. I’ve been looking for something to do the flavor justice.


  15. Audrey Hennefer on July 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

    making this NOW!


  16. Vivivane Bauquet Farre on July 15, 2011 at 11:13 am

    So rich and decadent. I wish I had some for myself of this hot day… great post!


  17. Samantha @ HecticGourmet on July 15, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I love the flavor and texture of malt! This looks great!


  18. Lacy DeVeney on July 15, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Oh my god, are you kidding? I LOVE (really really love) Whoppers!! This looks truly amazing!!


  19. Kaitlin on July 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I think it’s about time I invest in an ice cream maker. This recipe is awesome!


  20. Barbara | Creative Culinary on July 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I saw a recipe several months ago calling for malted milk powder so it was on my mind when I saw the powder at the store. Uh oh…I think I’ve even put it into cream before putting the cream into coffee. So, yes, I love the whole malted thing a lot.

    And then you add Whoppers? Don’t tell my first love Heath Bars but Whoppers are also a love of mine. I guess you wouldn’t HAVE to make this ice cream with them, but why on earth would you want to do that? 🙂


  21. The Café Sucré Farine on July 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Oh my!! I am crazy about malt flavor in anything. This ice cream looks just amazing! It would be great with a piece of yummy chocolate cake!


  22. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on July 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I recently made malted cupcakes and they were divine. I cannot wait to try your recipe for the malted ice cream! Amazing!


  23. Allison@KingArthurFlour on July 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Glad you’ve had such fun with the malted milk powder! I may have to pull out the ice cream maker this weekend – my husband would love this!


  24. Adora's Box on July 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Love malted milk. Must make this ice cream. My kids will thoroughly enjoy this.


  25. Ann on July 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Fantastic! My husband loves malted anything – so if I made this for him – I think he’d mop the floors! ….THERE’S an idea!


  26. Kelly on July 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Yummy! This looks soo delicious! 🙂


  27. Barbara on July 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Assuming since you bought malted powder online you also had trouble finding it in the store. What’s up with that? Carnation used to make it and stores sold it with the Chocolate syrups. I have not been able to find it in years!


  28. Emily Malloy @Cleanliness on July 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    SLURP! :o)


  29. Sharon on July 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I have so been on a homemade ice cream kick. Can’t wait to try this one.


  30. Kat on July 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I just made some chocolate malted ice cream last week! (it’s to go with the malted chocolate chip cookies I made!)

    I didn’t have any whoppers on hand, but I did have a bag of those Easter Robins Eggs in the freezer that I added in. YUM!


  31. Valerie on July 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve been seeing lots of ice cream lately, especially today, i really like yours! Looks tasty.


  32. Jess on July 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    This ice cream looks fantastic! I just tried out a Strawberry-Ban-Oreo frozen yogurt that was pretty excellent, but I have my heart set on a white chocolate-blueberry flavor before the month’s out.


  33. Ally on July 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Alright. It was divine fate that Foodbuzz brought me to your site, because I am officially a convert & in love with you. I’m not going to bother with any other foodie blogs. Your recipes have won me over! You go girl. Stay sweet. xo


  34. Cookin' Canuck on July 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    This recipe sounds like the perfect summertime treat. You are the ice cream queen, Michelle!


  35. Vicki @ WITK on July 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Everyone has been posting such delicious ice cream recipes, I’ll have to add yours to the list!


  36. kate on July 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I thought these recipes were your own b ut now I see they have been ‘adapted’ from others’ cook books.
    just sayin’


  37. Peggy on July 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    this sounds like a stellar ice cream flavor!


  38. jaclyn@todayslady on July 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Oh. My. Goodness. This looks incredible!!!! I love the addition of the whoppers, it really brings the ice cream to that “I need this ice cream in my life” level. Now I just need an ice cream maker…..


  39. The Chocolate Priestess on July 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Another good, cool recipe for this month’s national fun food holiday.


  40. Tiffany on July 16, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I haven’t had whoppers in YEARS! What a great ice cream!


  41. Skylar on July 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Yes, please, this looks incredible. I love that you added the whoppers for some crunch. Fantastic


  42. Kooky Girl on July 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    You guys have to try ‘Maltesers’ – they are malt chocolate coated balls, made by Cadburys. They are available in the UK, but perhaps not widely available in the US. The malt and the milk chocolate is a great flavour combination – I crush them and put them over icecream. Yum !


  43. erin on July 18, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I think I’m going to make this tomorrow. Yum.


  44. Anne on July 19, 2011 at 5:04 am

    you should be able to get chocolate covered Whoppers in the US. Maltesers are easily available in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, and probably some other countries in Europe as well


  45. Paula Jo @ Outdoor Garden Decor on July 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    This recipe sounds delicious! Even when I was a young girl, my mom always made us kids Malts as a treat. I made them for my son while he was growing up. Now, when my husband’s son comes to visit from Germany, he always asks for a Chocolate Malt. It’s so easy, I use my electric mixer, put vanilla ice cream, a little milk, and I always have on hand chocolate malt powder. Yummy!!


  46. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on July 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    This sounds absolutely AMAZING. I can’t wait to give it a try.


  47. Trish on July 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Literally made this minutes ago. Tastes amazing! I’m wondering how you “coarsely chopped” your malt balls, because I had to chop them in half one by one which took forever. Tips please!


    • Michelle on July 29th, 2011 at 8:47 am

      Hi Trish, I just used a big chef’s knife and started chopping away. A few slid away and I had to wrangle them back, but for the most part they chopped up just fine.


  48. Silver on September 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love this site!!! I wandered in from a search for PB&J bars and drooled thru the list of recipies. I’m here to stay. I’ve been looking at the ice cream machine my son bought me and trying to figure out what kind to try first. This is it. My favorite is dark chocolate ice cream…the darker the better and I’ll figure out a way to make this dark choc. super malted. I’m like on of the reviewers, if all else fails, eat the malt with a spoon. Imagine this in an ice cream pie with or without the whoppers and maybe marshmallow cream in the meringue…I’m off to find malt powder…Silver


  49. Cameo on December 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I love this site and LOVED this malt ice cream. I just purchased that kitchenaid ice cream bowl attachement and was wondering the web for recipes. I made the pistacio one and it was awesome, so i tried this malt one next. I ran out of whoppers to chop and so I used Halloween candy such as twix and snickers to supplement the whoppers for the candy chunks. HOLY MOLY! Best ice cream i have ever tasted….and i am a novice with making home made ice cream. I have to say the recipe should get the credit.


  50. Gloria on June 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Just made this, but added 2 T cocoa powder to the hot half and half. OMG! This is the best malt ice cream ever! Added about 4 oz of chocolate that I melted with 1 T of canola oil, spread out on foil, froze, chopped, and then added to the mix 1 minute before it was done. Thanks for this recipe!!


  51. fadia on August 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Hello. I live in Lebanon where so many of the ice cream companies here use powdered milk instead of fresh cream so i have resorted to making homemade ice cream and it has been a huge success so far thanks to your site :o}
    If i cant find malt powder here, is there anything that i can replace it with? Thanks.


    • Michelle on August 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Fadia, Unfortunately, I’m not sure what you could replace the malted milk powder with that will still impart that same flavor. If you have Ovaltine available to you, that might work.


  52. Vishal Mistry on September 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Hi Michelle,

    Is 2/3 Cups equal to 2 or 3 Cups or is it 2 thirds?


  53. Liv on April 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. Made it today and it was easy and the family loved it. After we made it, we threw it in the freezer for about an hour so that it was a little bit harder (rather than soft serve style), and it was just perfect. Thanks again.


  54. Lisa on April 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I just made/ate this. WOW! I honestly might add a tablespoon or two more of malted milk powder but that’s just personal preference. Rather then use malted milk balls, I used David Leibowitz’s recipe for stracciatella and it complimented the ice cream PERFECTLY. It’s a lot less work than other ice creams because you just add the powder right to the custard.

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for making my belly so happy!!!


  55. Mae Anderson on August 8, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I’m European, so can you please explain to me what malted milk is?


    • Michelle on August 9th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Mae, Malted milk powder is made from a mixture of malted barley, wheat flour and evaporated whole milk. It’s wonderful, especially in dairy products like ice cream and milkshakes!


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