The Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Malt

Years ago, one of our favorite “drinks” to have with fresh off the grill burgers were yummy chocolate malts. Our kids loved them – especially the ones ordered at those little Mom and Pop nostalgic diners so popular along the highway. One of the things I noticed whenever we sat at counter-service malt shops is that most restaurants shakes are made using whole milk and vanilla ice cream. Chocolate syrup was added to transform a vanilla shake into a chocolate one. From a purely economical standpoint, this made good business sense. Whole milk and vanilla ice cream blended together provided the bases for just about any flavor “shake”. It was a blank canvas.

That’s all fine and dandy, unless your only goal is to create the best chocolate malt on the planet. If that’s the case, why start with a “plain” shakes and add the chocolate when you can start with chocolate and add more chocolate? Yep, my home-made shakes and malts are made using chocolate milk, chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup. These are rich, thick shakes and malts – so delicious and decant they border on sinfully good.

Malt Shop Chocolate Malts
8 Scoops Chocolate Ice Cream
1/2 Cup Chocolate Milk
1/2 Cup Chocolate Syrup
6 Tablespoons Malted Powder Mix
Whipped Cream, Optional
Chocolate Sprinkles, Optional

Place four tall glasses into the freezer to chill well.

In a blender, place 4 scoops of chocolate Ice Cream, very cold chocolate milk and about 1/4 cup chocolate syrup. Pulse to blend. Add remaining 4 scoops chocolate Ice Cream and 1/4 cup chocolate syrup. A few quick pulses to blend.

You now have a chocolate lover’s chocolate shake. To transform this yummy shake into a malt, simply add malted powder mix a few tablespoons at a time until desired “malted” flavor is achieved.

Pour mixture into tall, well chilled glasses, top with whipped cream and sprinkles if desired. Serve with a straw and a spoon. Enjoy!

Note: A double batch (our usual) will use 1/2 a gallon of chocolate ice cream divided between the two blenders.


Break out the blenders (the one on the right we’ve had for nearly 30 years)

Chocolate Malt (2)

Scoop in chocolate ice cream, add chocolate milk and chocolate syrup. Pulse to blend.

Chocolate Malt (3)

Add more chocolate ice cream, more syrup. Pulse to blend. Add malted powder, quick blend – taste and adjust to desired “malty” flavor.

Chocolate Malt (4)

Pour into well-chilled tall glasses. Top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Enjoy!





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