Malted Milk Chocolate Shakes

Ever since making those chocolate malt sandwich cookies last month, I have been craving malt. I fell in love with the flavor and have been scouring recipes looking for more ways to use it.  This recipe reared its head one day a few weeks ago and I knew it was a match made in heaven. And after making them last night, it’s difficult to describe how deeply I feel for these milkshakes. Really, it is.

Malted Milk Chocolate Shakes

They are rich and sinful and have truly satisfied all of my malt cravings…for the moment anyway.  Well, at least until tonight because I’ve got some leftover malted milk chocolate sauce and extra ice cream hanging out in the freezer.  I may have to go with a salad again for lunch today if I want to squeeze one of these milkshakes into my menu again.  I suppose you could use any type of ice cream you want – I went with chocolate and I’m not ashamed to admit that I didn’t make my own this time.  Make your own ice cream if you want but if you can’t wait the 24-36 hours it takes to make a batch at home, pick some up on the way home from work.  Nobody would be the wiser…and if you’re going with chocolate ice cream like I did, prepare yourself for one awesome experience!


Malted Milk Chocolate Shakes
source: slightly adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

For the malted milk chocolate sauce:
1/3 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
3 tbsp light corn syrup
2 tbsp chocolate malt Ovaltine (or 2 tbsp malted milk powder mixed with 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tsp brown sugar)
2 tbsp firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 oz good-quality milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the milkshakes (Yields 2 large milkshakes):
1 pint chocolate ice cream
5 tbsp malted milk chocolate sauce
2/3 cup whole milk

To make the sauce:
In a small saucepan, bring the cream, corn syrup, Ovaltine, brown sugar, salt, and 2 oz of the chocolate to a boil over medium heat.  Stir until smooth and the chocolate has melted.  Reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain a simmer and, stirring very slowly, cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and remaining 1 oz of chocolate.  Let the sauce cool for 10 minutes before adding to the ice cream.

To store extra sauce, cool the sauce completely and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  Reheat in a microwave or over low heat on the stovetop.

To make the milkshakes:
Blend together ice cream, malted milk chocolate sauce, and milk until smooth.  Pour the milkshakes into chilled glasses and drizzle on some extra sauce before serving, if desired.


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  • February 23, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Wow, those are the ingredients of an intense milkshake! There is no way it could be bad!!

  • February 23, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Second time today I’ve seen a recipe for something malted. I need to make something with it! 🙂

  • February 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    OMG, Tara. I want one of these right this minute! I just got this cookbook last week, and I’d already bookmarked this one, but I think it’s getting moved to the top of my list 🙂

  • February 23, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Malt must be the flavor of the month! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  • February 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    slurp,..looks delicious

  • February 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    I have a ton of chocolate malt Ovaltine leftover from a cupcake recipe. I am so making these asap! Bring on warmer weather!

  • February 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Oh MY! This looks sooooo good! My husband thanks you! He’s a huge malt lover!

  • February 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    O.M.G. – My boys will love me forever if I make this! P.S. Started following you on Twitter today and told a total stranger about your blog! 🙂

    • smellslikehome
      February 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      Hi Holly and welcome to the blog…thanks for passing on a good word! Let me know how these shakes go over with your kids!

  • February 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Malts are just so much better than plain shakes! Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  • February 23, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Yum! Yes please, these look terrific. I imagine you could make use of that sauce in so many ways.

  • February 23, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Oh yeah, baby! You’re right, we ARE on the same page! 🙂 Actually, when I saw your chocolate malt sandwich cookies for Annie’s shower, I was tempted to make those for the dinner. But, already had everything planned for the cupcakes. Definitely trying those sometime, though, along with these milkshakes!!

  • February 23, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    looks wonderfully healthy

  • February 23, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Wow, that is an incredible milk shake! Thick, rich, delicious!

  • February 23, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Malt. I absolutely adore it ever since being a kid. I could eat it all day long. Your post brought be back to being a kid having a similar milkshake. I have saved this recipe to make soon. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • February 24, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    *slurp* , the milkshakes look droolworthy,yummmmm

  • February 24, 2011 at 5:57 AM

    Pictures are so nice and tempting.. 🙂

  • February 24, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    I haven’t had Ovaltine in YEARS!!!!! OMG! I have been flooded by wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing this post! 🙂

  • Liz
    February 24, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Oh, my, gorgeous photos of a fabulous shake….I know my family would love me to whip these up soon~

  • February 24, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    looks so good right now. and that’s saying a lot, since i’m freezing! too bad i don’t have everything on hand, ’cause i would totally whip some of these up. came through from foodgawker. great pic!

  • February 24, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    My BF loves a milkshake – a little too much sometimes. These would really make him happy! Can’t wait to try ;D

  • March 16, 2011 at 6:51 AM

    Man that looks goooooooooooooooooooooooood! Think I need to whip up a couple of these bad boys over the weekend.

  • August 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    I writing to ask your permission to use the picture of your delicious looking and I’m sure tasting milkshake for my monthly blog’s favorites articles. Sept’s roundup will include all of Sept’s food holidays and Chocolate Milkshake day is Sept. 12. I will use your picture, linking credit back to you.
    If this is something you are okay with, please email me to
    Best regards,
    Jackie Hale

  • Anon
    July 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    My husband passed away recently, and he was an avid malt-lover. I will be adding some of his ashes to one of these delicious chocolate “Farewell Malts”

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    July 9, 2013 at 4:07 PM

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    July 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I am IN LOVE with your DELICIOUS RECIPES!!

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