Malted Milk Ice Cream

I remember when I was in grade school, I remember that always save my allowance to buy Maltesers. These are malted milk honeycomb coated with milk chocolate. In UK, Ireland, Canada & Australia these are very popular too! In America, these yummy treats are more popularly known as Whoppers. Whatever name they come, these malted honeycomb chocolate balls will be one of my guilty pleasures.
I've been reading so much good reviews about David Lebovitz ice cream book called The Perfect Scoop can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. Unfortunately, its out of stock locally, I'm trying to control my urge to buy this online. Just imagine my delight when I stumbled upon google book, it's such a God sent that I can preview some of the recipe within the book, imagine that, it's so cool! What could be more satisfying than marrying my love for Maltesers and ice cream. Yummy! very much appropriate for our very hot and humid summer.
Malt powder unfortunately is not readily available locally I guess there aren't as popular to other people, luckily when I was in Taiwan with my dad and brother for a CCTV convention, I saw an Ovaltine malt powder in one of there supermarket. I got so excited that I quickly got 2 bottles. I've been trying to prolong the use of these babies for as long as possible. Didn't realize it though that it could harden in the bottle, oh shucks! being a typical Chinese the attitude of being thrifty has always been instilled in us by our parents. What else do I have to do but pour in hot hot cream and let the whole block of hardened malt powder melts and make this very fragrant liquid gold. Didn't have half and half locally so I used our local Nestle all purpose cream instead. The ice cream turn out good and yummy, although next time I will have to lessen the sugar within the custard base, keeping into mind that the Maltesers are already sweet as it is.
As you can see in the photo above within minutes of being out of the freezer the ice cream starts to melt....and fast! What I specially like in this recipe is that in every bite you'd get a piece of that crunchy texture from the honeycomb and milk, so it's very generous in ingredients that little bit if it goes a long long way.

Malted Milk Ice Cream
Adapted from David Lebovitz, The Perfect Scoop
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup malt powder
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups malted milk balls, coarsely chopped

1. Warm 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 into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

3. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with 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.


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  1. Oh wow, they look so tempting. I wish i had an ice cream maker!

  2. Before I had an ice cream maker I used to make the same base then freeze it then for every hour I go back to the freezer and mix it to stir in the cold custard with the semi frozen ones so it won't harden into big block. I didn't taste as smooth as ones made with ice cream maker but it will do

  3. Thank you for posting about this recipe, I just got myself a copy of the book and was wondering how a malted milk ice cream would taste and look like!

  4. where can i buy malt powder?

  5. @RacheX Malted milk powder can be found in supermarket most of the time same aisle as the coffees and creamers

  6. I want to try this on my vintage ice cream maker. I love malt, especially Horlicks and Maltesers! Hope I can find malted milk powder locally.