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Chocolate Malted Crunch Ice Cream {made with Whoppers!}

January 17, 2014




Hey hey! It’s Friday! Today I’m sharing another candy inspired post sponsored by Temptation Candy.

Let’s talk chocolate and childhood, shall we? If you grew up on the west coast any time before the millennium (California specifically) you probably know Thrifty Drug Stores. And if you know Thrifty Drug Stores, then you definitely know Thirfty Ice Cream! I mean, it’s only the best ice cream in the world….oookaaay, in all honesty it’s not the best ice cream out there but it sure is tasty and so SO nostalgic that I can’t help but love it forever and ever. There’s something about their signature tubular scoops that makes this ice cream stand out (you can buy a real deal Thrifty scoop here for a whopping $144! Or a similar one here for a lot less). Sadly, Thrifty stores are no longer, they were bought out by RiteAid sometime in the late 90’s but happily, someone was thinking and kept the Thrifty’s ice cream counters going inside of the RiteAid stores.

Growing up, I went through several stages of favorite flavors starting with rainbow sherbet and cotton candy (gross!), then cookies and cream (still a fave), and finally, my last and most favorite flavor of Thrifty Ice Cream – Chocolate Malted Crunch, a rich, decadent malted chocolate ice cream brimming with crunchy malt balls in every bite.

You know what’s weird? I’ve never really been a fan of chocolate ice cream. Given the choice of vanilla or chocolate, I will always choose vanilla. But there is something so special about this malted chocolate dessert. It’s truly delicious.

So, for this Temptation Candy post I’ve chosen to recreate my childhood favorite using Whoppers Malted Milk Balls. Are you ready? Let’s make ice cream!



Chocolate Malted Crunch Ice Cream (recipe from Epicurious)

Makes about 1 quart


  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder (found here or in baking aisles of many grocery stores)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped malted milk balls (more for topping ice cream if desired)


Start by dividing milk into 1/2 cups.

Combine the cream, 1/2 cup milk, malted milk powder, sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup, and salt in a saucepan. Whisk well to dissolve the malt powder and cocoa.

Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture begins to steam; watch it carefully and make sure it does not come to a boil.

While the mixture heats, combine the remaining milk, milk powder, cornstarch, and vanilla extract in a small bowl, and stir until smooth and both of the powders have dissolved.

Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan, and bring to a boil over medium-low heat (about 20 minutes), stirring constantly. Whisk the mixture until smooth and simmer over very low heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until thickened. If the mixture is lumpy, strain it through a sieve.

Essentially what you’re making is a chocolate malted pudding. Love+Cupcakes tip: Do dip your finger in for a taste :) SO GOOD!

Transfer the hot liquid to a medium bowl, and press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate the mixture until it is completely chilled (below 40°F), at least 3 hours.

Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the soft ice cream to a chilled mixing bowl and fold in the chopped malted milk balls.

Serve immediately for a soft ice cream, or transfer the mixture to an airtight storage container and freeze until hard. Allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving if frozen solid.



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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Temptation Candy. All opinions, words and contents are my own.
19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2014 9:43 am

    You had me at whoppers!!!

  2. January 17, 2014 10:37 am

    Chocolate Malted Crunch is the best Thrifty’s flavor for sure!! I do wish it was still as “thrifty” as when my parents were growing up though :)

  3. Melissa permalink
    January 17, 2014 10:41 am

    Yay! I used to love going to Thrifty’s after school! I have to try this!

  4. January 17, 2014 12:13 pm

    sounds delicious!!

  5. January 17, 2014 12:23 pm

    Holy crap, that looks good. I’m not motivated to make Ice cream tonight, but I’m definitely inspired to go find some as delicious as that!

  6. January 17, 2014 12:56 pm

    I may have to get my ice cream maker out this weekend…. this looks sooo malty-chocolatey YUM! :-)

  7. January 17, 2014 1:19 pm

    I grew up in Cali and surprisingly have NEVER had Thrifty’s ice cream! :/But this chocolate malted crunch ice cream, I bet it’ll easily top any of Thrifty’s! :) Thanks for the recipe!

  8. January 17, 2014 2:02 pm


  9. January 17, 2014 3:52 pm

    This looks divine! Can’t beat those whoppers!!!

  10. Mert Parsons permalink
    January 18, 2014 9:51 am

    I don’t remember the chocolate malted crunch, but I do remember that our Thrifty’s in Los Gatos had the rainbow sherbert, vanilla, and chocolate. But what I remember most is that the ice-cream cones were 25 cents! And that’s when your hubby was little. We would go there to get ice cream because it was expensive everywhere else. One clerk stayed busy most of the time just serving up ice cream. Does Evan remember it?

  11. littlefiregun permalink
    January 18, 2014 11:54 pm

    im drooling. want once right now!

  12. maddestmegs permalink
    January 20, 2014 11:38 am


  13. January 23, 2014 6:57 am

    LOVE THIS! <3

  14. January 25, 2014 7:36 am

    Reblogged this on ECLIPSE! and commented:
    food porn-_-

  15. maddestmegs permalink
    January 30, 2014 10:21 am

    Reblogged this on Maddestmegs and commented:

  16. VVernhard permalink
    February 4, 2014 5:49 am

    Hat dies auf KP28 * Soul Food rebloggt.

  17. February 20, 2014 6:17 pm

    I love your recipes, food photography and your edits as a graphic designer! Great job on the blog!

  18. April 30, 2014 10:13 am

    ohh wow! That looks delicious!

  19. Mine permalink
    November 22, 2015 12:58 am

    so good!

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