I have a weakness for vanilla malts. Part of it is that it takes me back to fond memories of dating, simpler pleasures, and youth.
The last time we stopped by a local diner I noticed they had an old fashioned ice cream bar at the back of the restaurant. We had a light meal so we decided to share a malt.
Man, oh man, was that good. Expensive, but good. We went back again a few weeks later and each of us had our own malts. This time I paid attention to the young girl behind the counter. Aside from a powder I didn’t recognize, all the ingredients were everyday items.
The most important ingredient is ice cream. Here in the South, it’s Blue Bell. Whatever you choose, opt for premium ice cream. It has a higher milk fat content.
If you buy a jar of Malted Milk powder, it has the recipe for an ice cream malt on the label. The recipe called for too much milk for my taste. I like my malts and shakes on the thick (spoonable) side.
Here’s the basic recipe
Vanilla Ice Cream Malt
3/4 cup ice cold milk
3 tablespoons of malted milk powder
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 scoops of ice cream.
Blend until smooth then serve. Makes one serving.
I prefer less milk. The vanilla is up to your taste. Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla has enough flavor without the extra vanilla.
Either way, the taste takes you back to the 60s when all we worried about was getting home on time before our parents yelled at us. 😀
If you like ice cream malts, you must try making it yourself just once. You’ll think you went to heaven.
It is super easy. Add as much (or as little) ice cream, milk, or malted powder as your taste buds dictate.
Do you like ice cream shakes/malts? The good ones are pricey. Anything less than the primo stuff is an insult to ice cream connoisseurs everywhere.
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