Monday, November 12, 2012

Homemade Malt Balls


My favorite candy growing up was Whopper's Robin Eggs. I mean regular Whoppers would do, but if you were gonna give me the chance to eat the brightly colored egg shaped malt balls than the regular ones would be left piled up. Since fall isn't really prime robin egg season, and I didn't really feel like trying to emulate their spotted candy coating, I went for classic malt balls. These taste just like the bags I remember devouring at the movies. The crunch is a little crisper. I might try a few more batches and further tweak the malt/chocolate ratios, but these are spectacular as is. You will need a few specialty ingredients. But I think this is one of the times that it is really worth waiting anxiously by your mailbox.

leaves and flours vegan homemade malt balls whoppers

Homemade Malt Balls
makes 2-3 dozen candies, depending on size

12 oz white chocolate
1 cup soy milk powder*
3 tbl malt powder
9 oz semi-sweet chocolate

In a double broiler, melt your white chocolate. While this is melting combine the soy milk and malt powders in a large bowl. Slowly drizzle in melted white chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until incorporated. Then using either a small scoop or a teaspoon portion out the filling. Roll into balls and allow to chill in the fridge for 10 minutes or until firm to the touch. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate and gently coat the candy. Allow excess chocolate to drip off and allow chocolate to harden at room temperature for 30 minutes.
* I haven't tried it, but I do think this would work with rice milk powder too if you want to make the malt balls soy free.

7 comments:

  1. you are an angel.

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  2. I've been meaning to make malt ball replicas for years! There aren't many recipes out there, and I've seen similar ones to this but found them dubious at best... I'm so excited that you can vouch for this approach. Plus, beings as eccentric as I am, I already have all the ingredients.

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    1. Hannah, I was very skeptical as well. But it really does seem to work. I think I might increase the malt powder a bit. And I think it would have a better texture if I reduced the white chocolate and added a bit of almond milk instead. So many ideas!

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  3. !!!!!!!!! You made your own malt balls? I'm in awe. LOVE this so much. And totally. Robins Eggs ones are WAY better...

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  4. If I don't make these real soon, I know I will be quite mad at myself. Awesomeness.

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  5. Vegan white chocolate is hard for me to get my hands on quickly. Any idea what would happen if you used regular chocolate at the base while also coating it in regular chocolate? Disaster?

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    1. If you use regular chocolate for the base, it is definitely going to taste differently. I imagine that it will be much more truffle like than malt ball like. I think if you wanted to try it, I would use the regular chocolate and then thin it out with a little non-dairy milk and increase the soy milk and malt powders quite a bit to intensify their flavor.
      If you try it, I would love to hear how it goes!

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