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If you decide to try making Homemade Malted Milk Balls you’re going to be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make something very similar to in flavor to whoppers at home. And they’re so fun to share with friends who won’t believe you made such a popular candy at home in your own kitchen!
Homemade Malted Milk Balls are less crunchy than commercial malted milk balls, Whoppers. But they still have all the unique flavor just in a smoother bite. While the taste buds say WHOPPER, there isn’t that industrialized crunch to them, you should know that going in!!
What do I need?
- Malted Barley Extract (buy online) OR Carnation Malted Milk Powder(buy in the grocery store) directions for BOTH are in the recipe card they’re used very similarly
- white chocolate
- milk chocolate or use dark chocolate if you prefer
- parchment paper or wax paper
- baking tray
- medium saucepan
- rubber spatula
What you won’t need to make THIS recipe for homemade whoppers
An electric mixer, candy thermometer, lots of whipping and boiling. it’s so easy it’s literally nothing but melt, stir, cool, roll, cool, dip, and cool.
WHAT TO DO WITH MALTED BARLEY EXTRACT
While this malt powder is a key ingredient in making malted milk to drink I wanted to I decided to try something beyond malted milk, so I made Malted Milk Balls.
Don’t get me wrong about malted milk, I love malted milk I just wanted to do something different! I want to make a malted chocolate cake and definitely make some malted milk ice cream milkshakes.
Digging around online I found a funny recipe, I wish I had the link but it has been years since I found the inspiration for these homemade candies. I tried it and it didn’t quite work for me but I kept experimenting and eventually made the recipe below work.
If you’re having trouble finding the Malted Barley Extract, you’re not alone, it was pretty scarce for several years! Have no fear there is a substitute commonly found in grocery stores, plain Carnation Malted Milk Powder.
Subbing plain carnation malted milk powder works! It’s not quite the same but it makes a great substitute. More importantly, you can find it in your local grocery store OR on Amazon. To sub, simply add a little more than the required 6 TBPS.
HOW TO MAKE
These little Malted Milk Balls are rather uncomplicated to make. I think even kids as young as 3 could help roll the balls of cooled filling and but moms or dads will need to do the dipping in melted chocolate part.
This is exactly the kind of recipe I loved when my kids were little, some for them to work on and then some for them to watch. Your only problem may be when they realize that the dough they’re rolling tastes really good, up until that point it’s smooth sailing.
Homemade Candy Recipes
Making your own candy can be a fun and easy way to make homemade presents for things like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even special birthdays.
- 6 ounces white chocolate chips
- 6 TBSP malted barley extract OR 8 TBSP Malted Milk Powder, more may be needed to stiffen the dough
- 6-8 ounces milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips for dipping
- line a baking sheet with parchment paper, waxed paper, or foil
- over very low heat melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or a large bowl over a simmering pan of hot water
- once melted remove from the heat and add EITHER 6 Tablespoons of the malted barley powder one TBSP at a time, stirring well after each addition, keep adding powder until the dough is stiff enough to roll into balls
- OR IF USING CARNATION POWDER use 8 TABLESPOONS one TBSP at a time, stirring well after each addition, keep adding powder until the dough is stiff enough to roll into balls
- let the dough cool about ten minutes then check to see if it needs more malted barley powder, roll a small ball about 1/2 inch or so, if it holds it's shape with minimal flattening then you're ready to roll, if not add more malted barley powder as needed to make a ball that will hold the shape
- roll the dough into small 1/2-inch balls and put on the prepared pan, you should. get between 20-30 malted milk balls, depending on what size you make thme
- freeze on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes or so
- melt the chocolate chips over very low heat in a double boiler until thoroughly melted
- dip the malt balls into the chocolate and return to the cookie sheet
- when all the balls are dipped in the melted chocolate cool in the fridge or freezer
- then store in an airtight container in the fridge
- let them warm for a few minutes before eating
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Amount Per Serving Calories 344Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 12mgSodium 83mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 2gSugar 31gProtein 5g
This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.
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