Classic Chocolate Malt
2 years ago

Classic Chocolate Malt

The chocolate malt is an American classic, with its distinctive malted milk flavor, sweet vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup. It was the preferred summer treat of mid-century Americans, available at every drugstore and soda fountain shop.

Our Classic Chocolate Malt is a sophisticated update of this old-fashioned favorite. Like classic recipes, this one uses vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup instead of chocolate ice cream. The vanilla in the vanilla ice cream adds an important element to the flavor profile — one that’s missed if you just use chocolate ice cream.

We used Hershey’s dark chocolate syrup to mellow out the sweetness of the ice cream, then we added cocoa powder and espresso to enhance the chocolate flavor. You won’t taste the espresso powder in the finished malt; we added just enough to deepen the chocolate flavor and give it a memorable richess, without it tasting like a frozen coffee drink.

As a final step, we spent a lot of time getting the ratio of milk to malted milk powder just right. A malt without enough malted milk powder is dull and disappointing. One with too much milk is thin and liquidy. We tinkered with this one until it was perfectly thick, deliciously rich and truly irresistible.

3 servings
Preparation time: 5 minutes


3 cups vanilla ice cream
½ cup malted milk powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Instant espresso powder
½ cup whole milk
3 tablespoons Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Syrup, plus more for glasses
Whipped cream, for garnish
6 malted milk balls, halved, for garnish
3 maraschino cherries, for garnish


  1. In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, malted milk powder, cocoa powder, 2 pinches espresso powder, whole milk and chocolate syrup. Blend until thick and smooth, about 15 to 20 seconds.
  2. Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of 3 fountain shoppe glasses. Divide the malt between the glasses and top each with whipped cream, malted milk balls and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy immediately!
Classic Chocolate Malt