Malted Milk Ice Cream

This Malted Milk Ice Cream is chocolaty, creamy and delicious…and it’s packed with chopped Whoppers!  Grab a bowl and relax!

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This Malted Milk Ice Cream is chocolaty, creamy and delicious...and it's packed with chopped Whoppers!  Grab a bowl and relax!When did I become an old man?  Was it when I woke up to find my first grey hair?  Was it when Robbie was born?  I have no idea when it happened, but I feel like I’ve become an old man recently.  In my mind, I’m 6 years old and playing Super Mario Bros. on my Nintendo.  But my body says otherwise.

I think the first sign of my age was when we started going to bed around 8:45pm.  Yes, 8:45pm.  But before you judge, hear me out.  Before Robbie was born, Laura and I would go to the gym 3-4 mornings a week.  We’d be at the gym when they opened at 6am.  Then we’d hit the showers at 7am and get off to work.

Once we had a toddler in the house, we couldn’t just head off to the gym anymore.  (We like to work out together as we motivate each other to actually get out of bed.)  So we purchased exercise bikes here at home, and now a corner of our basement storage room has been transformed into a gym.  But in order to work out, shower and then get Robbie up and fed?  The alarm starts beeping at 4:45am.  So that’s my defense of the 8:45pm bedtime.  It’s still 8 hours of sleep.  But, yes, it also still makes me an old man.

This Malted Milk Ice Cream is chocolaty, creamy and delicious...and it's packed with chopped Whoppers!  Grab a bowl and relax!Next sign?  The day I said, “Wow, my hip didn’t hurt like that yesterday.”  I find that I wake up with random leg/back/<insert random muscle here> pains lately.  Some of this I most definitely attribute to curling as I’m on the ice a couple of nights a week.  And some of those games are rather late…which means less sleep on those nights.  That can combine to create random things that hurt, and I occasionally find myself hobbling around.  Thus, old man.

And just last weekend, I caught myself saying, “Eh, I don’t think I need another beer tonight.”  Laura and I often kick back on Friday nights with a couple of beers or a glass of whiskey or wine.  But last weekend, I consciously turned down a second beer.  I was already tired, and I was afraid I’d be too tired the next morning if I stayed up drinking another beer.  Granted, this all happened around 8:30pm…on a Friday night.  Holy moly, I’m old.  Also, I just said holy moly.  That right there is further proof of my age.

This Malted Milk Ice Cream is chocolaty, creamy and delicious...and it's packed with chopped Whoppers!  Grab a bowl and relax!And finally?  Whoppers.  Yes, Whoppers.  Malted milk balls.  My father loves Whoppers, but I never really cared for them when I was a kid.  I preferred more sugary candy.  Like those candy cigarettes.  Do you remember those?  Am I showing my age here?  The drugstore down the street from us in Charleston, SC used to sell candy cigarettes.  They were literally sticks of sugar with a little red dye on the end so that we could pretend to “smoke.”  Seriously?

This Malted Milk Ice Cream is chocolaty, creamy and delicious...and it's packed with chopped Whoppers!  Grab a bowl and relax!

Malted Milk Ice Cream

The other day, I bought a bag of mixed candy bars, and it included Whoppers.  The Whoppers got picked over and picked over until they were the only ones left.  I broke down and decided to try Whoppers.  And I kinda liked ’em!  Further proof that I’m getting old as Whoppers used to be reserved for my Dad.  I’ve been wanting to make homemade ice cream lately, so I decided to make some Malted Milk Ice Cream.  And I stirred in a bunch of chopped Whoppers.  And this Malted Milk Ice Cream was delicious!

This Malted Milk Ice Cream is chocolaty, creamy and delicious...and it's packed with chopped Whoppers!  Grab a bowl and relax!In order to make Malted Milk Ice Cream, you need to fully embrace your age when you go to the store.  Why is that?  Because you need to buy Ovaltine.  Yes, that powdered stuff that Grandma used to drink.  I actually didn’t buy Ovaltine for this Malted Milk Ice Cream because my grocery store sold a different brand.  But it’s the same thing.  Malted milk powder.  It gives the ice cream an undertone of malt, and it’s actually quite delicious.  Heck, maybe I’ll use the leftover powder to start drinking a glass of Ovaltine each morning.  And with that, my status as an old man has been solidified.  But at least I’m an old man happily eating my Malted Milk Ice Cream and Whoppers.  Enjoy, my friends!

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This Malted Milk Ice Cream is chocolaty, creamy and delicious...and it's packed with chopped Whoppers!  Grab a bowl and relax!

Malted Milk Ice Cream

This Malted Milk Ice Cream is chocolaty, creamy and delicious…and it’s packed with chopped Whoppers!  Grab a bowl and relax!
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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 433kcal



  • Place the half-and-half in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until it just begins to simmer.
  • Using a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar and egg yolks until well blended.
  • Gradually pour the heated half-and-half into the egg yolk mixture; whisking vigorously the entire time.
  • Transfer this mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until custard thickens noticeably and coats a wooden spoon. (~4-6 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, using a separate bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, vanilla extract and malt powder.
  • Once the custard mixture has thickened, remove from heat and add the heavy cream mixture; stir until well combined.
  • Pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the mixture, and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  • Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • Once ice cream is made, stir chopped malted milk balls into ice cream before serving or freezing. (Note: For a softer ice cream, serve immediately. For a harder ice cream, transfer mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 3-4 hours.)

This Malted Milk Ice Cream is chocolaty, creamy and delicious...and it's packed with chopped Whoppers!  Grab a bowl and relax!

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  1. I can’t decide which of us is older. I go to bed at 8 (in my defense I read for several hours) and all I ever do anymore is complain about random back pain. But I still don’t really care for Whoppers. . .so maybe I have a few years yet before I’m truly geriatric? Even though Whoppers aren’t my go-to I’d still take a big bowl of this ice cream though! Just early enough in the day that it doesn’t keep me awake too late 🙂

    1. Yes. Your lack of love for Whoppers proves that you still haven’t reached geriatric age. But it’s coming, Kelsie. In fact, when was the last time you had a Whopper? I used to not like ’em, but then I finally broke down and tried one on a desperate day when I was craving chocolate…and I was like, ‘hey, these are kinda good.’ I challenge you to try Whoppers again! Either that or just make this ice cream. 🙂

  2. David, we’re not old yet! It’s hard to compare my situation with your examples (cause we don’t have our Robbie to start with, and that’s a huge factor). I can’t say I see many physical changes yet. Well I do like the image in the mirror, but that’s probably cause of my bad eyesight. Recently, I saw a photo on my camera, and I finally noticed some unpleasant signs which I didn’t see even with my glasses 🙂 Another thing, I started to be more sensitive to cold weather few years ago. As you probably know, most people experience this when they’re getting older (compare yourself and a person 10-20 years older, and there’s a huge chance they would be wearing more layers). I remember myself 10 years ago when I didn’t wear a hat in winter (like -25 degrees C)…and now I pull it when the temperature reaches +4 C or so 😉 However, this temperature sensitivity doesn’t fully affect me – while I’m getting less comfortable during winter, summer heat still horribly bothers me haha. And good sleep? Cannot say here anything. I’ve always loved a good sleep followed by few naps. I’ve heard when ageing, a lot of people tend to lose their ability to sleep a lot (they’re satisfied with just 4-5 hours). Not happening either. Still waiting that one day I won’t need to sleep a lot, and I would spend more time for my hobbies. But let’s not talk about negative things, okay? Let’s talk about this delightful ice cream instead! I’ve never tried malted milk in desserts, but this sounds intriguing. I honestly don’t know if love for malted milk balls are correlated with age, but I am not ashamed to acknowledge I like them. Delicious creation, David!

    1. You make a really good point about the cold weather, Ben! I didn’t even think about that one. I’ve been saying lately that each winter just feels colder and longer than the one before. See? I really am old! Either that, or I’m just really over living in the cold north! But I do still like it to be really cold when I sleep. I can’t sleep if it’s too hot in the room! So I don’t actually think malted milk balls are correlated with age…but they just seem like one of those candies that old people like. Haha! And I guess I’m officially an old person now. But, yes, do try malted milk in ice cream. It’s a fun twist! Thanks, Ben!

  3. I love malted milk! And I also love having dinner at 5:30. I guess I’m an old man too. (Although I don’t go to bed at 8:45! Sheesh! And I definitely don’t get up at 4:45 to get exercise. My mornings have to unwind themselves over several cups of coffee over at least an hour. Getting up is so stressful.)

    1. Getting up really is stressful. I wish we didn’t have to do it. Haha! But I hear ya on the coffee, Jeff. In fact, I think it’s time for the second cup right about now.

  4. I love the flavor of malt! This ice cream sounds incredible!
    I’m impressed not only with the early rising time, but then working out on top of it! I do get up with my boys, but if it’s still dark out, all bets are off. 😉 Though, if this ice cream were around, I’d get up an any hour to sneak a bite, or scoop!

    1. I’m not sure impressed is the right word here, Valentina! I can assure you that I was definitely not impressed at 4:45 this morning. In fact, I think there was some grumbling and shuffling around looking for my workout clothes. But I do feel better after getting that workout in! Plus, it means I’m allowed to sneak a bowl of ice cream in for dessert…and that makes it worth it. 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

  5. Hi David! I was first introduced to malted milk balls when I was about six when my grandpa sent us a bag. We didn’t get much candy as kids, but since it was a present from grandpa we were allowed (although my brother didn’t like them which meant they were all mine! I would definitely eat a big bowl of this! Having a child certainly does tire you out, but as for you being “old” no way my friend. You are just adapting to your circumstances. I still think like I’m in my twenties, however my nearly seventy year old body doesn’t usually agree! 🙂

    1. Yes! I like your outlook here, Dorothy…I’m not old, I’m just adapting. 🙂 You’re right, though. I wouldn’t wake up at 4:45 if I didn’t have to. And I wouldn’t go to bed at 8:45 if I didn’t have to. But I will definitely eat many bowls of this malted milk ice…with extra Whoppers! Haha. Thanks so much, my friend, and I hope you guys had a great weekend down there!

    1. Why thank you so much, Dawn! 🙂 And, yes, this ice cream really is quite tasty. Who knew I enjoyed Whoppers so much now? I used to hate ’em…but not anymore!

  6. Hahaha! I love this post, David! It had me guffawing (guess am showing my age with that eh?) from beginning to end! Dude, I wish I had the disciple to go to bed at 8.45 so I’d actually get 8 solid hours of sleep! And, speaking of sports related aches and pains – dude, you better double up on that padding when you go curling cos those aches and pains are amplified when you get into your forties – BTW I speak from experience!
    I grew up enjoying Ovaltine – my grandma did make it for me and then my mom and then me – in fact. when I was in college my poor gal dessert very often was Ovaltine and nondairy whipped topping! And, yes, Lil Shashi makes this for herself now too! Though recently she started making her own ice cream and I have to share this recipe with her as we have half a can of Ovaltine hanging out in our pantry – this malted milk ice cream won’t last long in our home! Brilliant recipe, my friend!

    1. Yes! Guffaw is another example. Anyone who uses that term is ‘old’ in my book. And for the record, I use that term all the time! 🙂 So I guess we’re both ‘old.’ Haha! Ovaltine mixed with whipped topping? Interesting idea! And honestly it sounds like it would be pretty close to this ice cream. So if Lil Shashi is on the homemade ice cream train, then definitely share this malted milk ice cream with her. It’s a fun one, and it didn’t last long in our freezer! (Truthfully, my favorite is when homemade ice cream is first finished and it’s still nice and soft like softserve. Yum!)

  7. I always think of my childhood when I think of those candy! They were so good too! As for going to be early, we’re not that early in our home, but not much off it. Getting up every day for work and then working out in the evening makes me super tired and I always look forward to a nice sleep, lol. This ice-cream looks like a real treat, David! I would have a hard time stopping at one scoop 🙂 Have an awesome week!

    1. So you’re a work out in the evening kinda family, huh? I just can’t do the evening workouts, Dawn! I have to get up and get it over with so I don’t sit there and think about it all day. Sure, it’s early, but I guess you just adjust right? 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

  8. Okay….Let’s get this straight….Liking Whoppers does not make you old! The other stuff – maybe! 😉 The thing that always makes me feel old is when I run into former students that I had in 4th grade. To me they always are 10 years old. And then I see them and they are in their 30s and have kids! Yikes!!! I think I’ll need a bowl of this delicious ice cream to make me feel better. There’s nothing like ice cream to keep you feeling young.

    1. Hahaha…ok, thanks, Kathy! I can’t imagine bumping into your former students and seeing them with kids of their own. What a surreal feeling! Every once in a while I’ll see a former student of mine on Facebook, and I’m like “wait, you’re supposed to still be in high school!” But I do agree with you that ice cream keeps you young! Thanks so much!

  9. Ha ha we’re in bed for 9pm David and we don’t have any kids. I’m working on the blog all day and Lynne’s at work. But we do also hit the gym early in the morning when it opens at 6.30. Our routine sounds remarkably similar to yours before Robbie was born! Whoppers? I’d never heard of those. But Candy cigarettes OMG yes. I remember those. What on earth?? Imagine them trying to sell those to kiddies nowadays! Anyway, I digress as usual. This is a delicious looking recipe. You’ve put me right in the mind for some malted ice cream right now. 🙂

    1. Seriously! It’s funny how things change over time…I mean candy cigarettes? What the heck were we thinking? I used to get those and then try to fool my parents by “smoking” them at home. Ugh. Anyways, keep an eye out for Whoppers (or malted milk candy). They’re tasty! And you could just make the malted milk ice cream without the Whoppers, too…it’ll be delicious still!

  10. I’ve always loved malted milk anything, so this ice cream is completely mouthwatering! And I love the creamy ice cream with all of that malt ball crunch – such a great treat!

    And candy cigarettes…you brought back such a funny memory for me. In the 4th grade, my best friend and I thought it would be ‘cool’ to pretend we were smoking them on a chilly day as we walked to school and the air made it look like we were exhaling smoke. A little stunt that landed us in the principal’s office, lol! Thank goodness we still had them so we could prove they weren’t real!

    1. I’m ashamed to admit how long (err…how short) this ice cream lasted, Marissa. It was so tasty, and we polished it off in no time flat!

      Oh my gosh, I’m totally laughing at the thought of you getting pulled into the principal’s office for the candy cigarette stunt. I can’t imagine what the principal thought when he/she realized it was candy cigarettes. Can you imagine candy cigarettes today? Oh, how times have changed…for the better, too! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Natalie! I love making homemade ice cream…it’s fun to play around with flavors and come up with fun versions that you can’t find in the store! 🙂

  11. hi, I made 4 home made ice cream recipes and my family voted this as the favorite. It was easy to make, and it was delicious. This is going into my keeper file!

    1. Wow! I give you so much credit for making 4 homemade ice cream recipes for your family. That’s seriously awesome! What a fun night. I’m truly honored that this recipe was voted as the favorite, too. It’s definitely a good one, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping back by and leaving a comment, too! 🙂

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