Thursday, April 17, 2008

Chocolate malts

I love chocolate malts! Vanilla ice cream, malt, and chocolate syrup. I think some people call this a black and white because the malt or shake isn't made with chocolate ice cream.

Elmo's in Durham makes the best chocolate malt I've had so far. It is just as I like it with lots of malt flavor, chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. The drug store on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill makes tasty malts too but they call it a black and white. I heard the that old MacDonald's drug store on 9th St. might reopen as a soda shop and ice cream shop. That would be great!

Cafe Driade on Franklin Street deserves special mention for their chocolate mocha shake. It has vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and a shot of espresso! MMMM! I don't even miss the malt.

So I decided to try making malts at home. I started with 2 scoops of plain old Ede's vanilla ice cream becauce chocolate ice cream isn't all that, in my view. I'd much rather eat (or drink) vanilla ice cream with a lovely chocolate sauce. The beauty of shakes and malts is that the fewer high brow the ingredients, the better. I added 2 T of chocolate sauce, 2 T Ovaltine malt and 1/2 c of milk. It was a disaster! Ok maybe not quite a disaster because it was drinkable and very good, but it had too much milk and I didn't like the Ovaltine. It might have even had too much chocolate sauce, if that is possible. So I am still on a mission to find the right ingredients and the right quantities. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.


Anonymous said...

Have you tried the chocolate malts at CookOut? If you stop by when they're not busy (say, 2 am), they'll even put EXTRA MALT in your shake. So good.
For home malts, I use vanilla ice cream, Carnation-brand malt (comes in a jar and is usually near the evaporated milk), and Hershey's syrup. And only a little milk, enough to make it blend-able.

Alex said...

Forget love-- I'd rather fall in chocolate, which I never met a chocolate I didn't like with malt and
Nobody knows the truffles I've seen on the chocolate.

I do have a chocolate site too, check this out

Thanks for letting me comment on your site :D

Matthew said...

Has anyone been to P.T.'s Olde Fashion Soda Shoppe in Pittsboro to see what their Malts and such are like? I would try Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Syrup instead of Hershey's. I'm not sure there is a difference but I know thats the standard sauce for Eggcreams.

As far as Mocha Milkshakes. I still think the best I had were at my college where it was just the right thickness and even contained chocolate covered espresso beans.

Also, in the chocolate realm is Chocolatery Staam (

Kelly said...

I've been to the soda shop in Pittsboro but I had a root beer float. It was tasty. I will try a malt next time. It is a really fun place to go. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with fries and a root beer float. I prefer malts to floats though.

Peyton said...

Beware of Carnation Malted Milk mix as well. It's available in grocery stores, but using it will result in a repeat of your ovaltine disaster. I've always wanted to try something like this to get that genuine malt-shop flavor:
but I've just never gotten around to it. (Plus I have no idea what I'd do with a pound of the stuff if I didn't like it ;)

Matthew said...

Sorry that is S and T and not P.T.