Jesse Szewczyk makes Malted Milkshakes 3 Ways, as seen on his Frozen Desserts Course on Food Network Kitchen.

Malted Vanilla Milkshake

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 large 16-ounce milkshake or 2 smaller 8-ounce milkshakes
Classic, diner-style malted milkshakes are a retro treat easy to whip up at home. Malted milk powder can be easily found in the dried milk or ice cream section of most grocery stores and gives the milkshake a creamy richness and caramel-like flavor. If you’ve never used malted milk powder before this is the perfect recipe to try it out. A dollop of fresh whipped cream caps off the treat while a cherry on top finishes the iconic look.


Whipped cream:



  1. Chill one 16-ounce serving glass (or two 8-ounce serving glasses) in the freezer.
  2. For the whipped cream: Combine the heavy cream and sugar in a large, deep bowl. Whisk vigorously by hand until soft peaks form, 30 to 60 seconds. Set aside. 
  3. For the milkshake: Blend the milk and malted milk powder in a blender on high speed until the malted milk powder dissolves, 15 to 20 seconds. Add the vanilla ice cream and blend on high until creamy and thick, pushing the mixture down as needed, 20 to 25 seconds. 
  4. Pour the milkshake into the chilled glass and top with the whipped cream. Garnish with a maraschino cherry if using and serve immediately. 

Cook’s Note

Malted milk powder can be found in the dried milk or ice cream sections of most well-stocked grocery stores.