Malted Milk Ball Sundae

Malted Milk Ball Sundae

This malted milk ball sundae recipe owes its existence to several New England women’s colleges in the late nineteenth century. Vassar students started making fudge in 1887. When the mixture wasn’t cooked enough and didn’t set, it had to be eaten with a spoon.

By the twentieth century, people began to undercook fudge on purpose, in order to eat it over ice cream or use it to ice cakes. The sauce in this recipe is packed with chocolate flavor and is a cinch to make.–Stephen Bruce

Malted Milk Ball Sundae

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • Makes 1 sundae
Print RecipeBuy the Serendipity Sundaes cookbook

Want it? Click it.


  • For the fabulous hot fudge sauce
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the malted milk ball sundae
  • 2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup malted milk balls, crushed
  • 1/4 cup Fabulous Hot Fudge Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons malted milk powder


  • Make the hot fudge sauce
  • 1. Combine the butter, chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, cream, and salt in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly until smooth, and remove from heat. (For a thicker sauce, boil longer.)
  • 2. Add the vanilla extract and serve immediately.
  • Assemble the malted milk ball sundae
  • 3. Place one scoop of ice cream in a medium bowl and let it soften until soft but not drippy, at least 5 minutes. Thoroughly mix in crushed malted milk balls.
  • 4. Coat the bottom of a serving dish with 2 tablespoons hot fudge.
  • 5. Place the malted milk ball ice cream in the dish and then top with the remaining scoop of ice cream.
  • 6. Douse with the remaining hot fudge sauce and sprinkle with the malted milk powder.

Recipe Testers Reviews

This malted milk ball sundae recipe is really all about the hot fudge, because you don’t make the ice cream, the malted milk balls, or the malted milk powder. Actually, I made my own vanilla ice cream so it was easy to mix in the chopped malted milk balls. I used a food processor to chop the malted milk balls. Because I like a thicker sauce, I did boil it for longer. This is probably the easiest hot fudge sauce recipe I’ve seen. Yum. The only drawback is that the malted milk powder sprinkled on top seemed extraneous. It’s pretty though on top of whipped cream (on top of the second drizzle of hot fudge).

Oh my this malted milk ball sundae recipe is pure heaven! The only thing that could make this recipe better is to also make the vanilla ice-cream recipe. The sauce is true hot fudge sauce, not just a homemade version of chocolate sauce; add the malted milk powder and crushed malted milk balls and you get the best sundae ever! It's very rich, so plan to make the sundaes small because you won't be able to stop yourself from finishing a big one even when you know it’s a little too much. Yes, it’s that good.


#leitesculinaria on Instagram If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #LeitesCulinaria. We'd love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Have something to say?

Then tell us. Have a picture you'd like to add to your comment? Attach it below. And as always, please take a gander at our comment policy before posting.

Upload a picture of your dish