Malted Caramel Shake

Malted Caramel Shake

Okay, I’ll admit it. When push comes to shove, I’m not really a caramel guy. I know I’m in the minority, though, because most people just love the stuff. In fact, as I talked up this book to my friends, I stopped counting the number of them who said, “Ohh, you’d better have a caramel shake in there.”

So here it is, caramel lovers. I kept things easy by using caramel ice cream, rather than asking you to make homemade caramel, and I spiced things up a bit by adding malt, which, like the caramel itself, is a soft, sweet, mellow flavor. Food stylist Michael Pederson, clearly a caramel lover himself, thought that no caramel shake would be complete without a cap of whipped cream and drizzle of caramel sauce; you may want to follow in Michael’s footsteps here.–Adam Ried

Malted Caramel Shake

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  • Makes about 3 1/2 cups
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  • 1/2 cup cold whole or low-fat milk (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon malted milk powder (about 1/2 ounce)
  • 8 medium scoops caramel, caramel swirl, or dulce de leche ice cream (about 1 quart or 24 ounces), softened until just melty at the edges


  • 1. Place the milk, vanilla extract, and malted milk powder in a blender and blend to mix thoroughly, about 15 seconds.
  • 2. Add the ice cream and pulse several times to begin breaking it up. With the blender motor off, use a flexible spatula to mash the mixture down onto the blender blades.
  • 3. Continue pulsing, stopping, and mashing until the mixture is well blended, thick, and moves easily in the blender jar, roughly 30 to 90 seconds. Pour into a chilled glass or glasses, and serve at once.

Recipe Testers Reviews

The perfect cool drink on a hot day. The drink is perfect as-is, just like the recipe states, but I also topped mine with homemade whipped cream and drizzled it with caramel. Either way, you have a fantastic drink in almost no time at all. The grandchildren wanted to know why they couldn’t rate it higher than a “10.”


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  1. Well, having made the caramel malted shake at a few demos over the last couple of weeks, I feel that I may have to reconsider my stance on caramel (though not my savage devotion to chocolate and coffee shakes!) Demo guests really seem to go for this one. And I just got a jar of Horlicks malt, which may even improve matters!

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