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Old-Fashioned Favorite: The Classic Chocolate Malt

This recipe is an oldie-but-goodie that brings to mind a diner packed with poodle skirts, leather jackets and pompadours. Who doesn’t love that?! The malted shake is a true classic that is different from an ordinary milkshake because of the addition of malt powder, which gives it a special flavor and texture. The powder itself is not commonly found in grocery stores, but usually you can find liquid malt flavoring. (If you feel like going the extra mile and being a real stud, go ahead and track down some malt powder online!) Regardless of what malt flavoring you use, be prepared to fend people off, since they’ll all be clamoring for a taste!

Chocolate Malt Shake

(Makes 1 serving)


2-4 scoops vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup whole milk

2 oz chocolate syrup

3/4-1 oz malt powder

Optional: Whipped cream, cherry, and/or cookies for garnish


  1. Start with 2-4 scoops (your choice) of high quality vanilla ice cream—the denser the better—and place in a blender.
  2. Add your chocolate syrup. If you like it really rich and chocolate-y, add extra.
  3. Next pour in your whole milk. The amount depends on how much ice cream you use, but pour in enough that the ice cream is surrounded, but the top is not covered by milk.
  4. Now add your malt powder.
  5. If using a household blender, alternate between pulsing it and hand mixing. You want to keep the consistency nice and thick. Mix for no more than 1 minute total.
  6. Pour into a glass, add whipped cream, a cherry or some chocolate wafers, and enjoy!

Recipe adapted fromScene

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