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Malted Milk Powder

Velda Mae Aug 13, 2008 09:40 AM

Is there one brand of malted milk powder that's more flavorful than another? The only brand I can find is Carnation. I use it instead of sugar in pancakes to give them that classic diner taste.

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  1. Chocolatechipkt RE: Velda Mae Aug 13, 2008 10:05 AM

    I can't think of the other brand I've seen in stores, but you can also order malted milk powder from King Arthur Flour.

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      Morganna RE: Chocolatechipkt Aug 14, 2008 05:33 AM

      Oooh I haven't looked at a KAF catalog in too long! I will have to try their malted milk powder. Thanks for the tip!

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        paulj RE: Morganna Aug 14, 2008 07:58 AM

        I've also bought malt sugar from the bulk section of natural foods store.

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      pengcast RE: Velda Mae Aug 13, 2008 04:32 PM

      I remember my Mom used to have a box/tin of Nestle's. But I don't think I have seen it in grocery stores forever.

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        sugarbuzz RE: Velda Mae Aug 13, 2008 08:18 PM

        I use Horlick's which I think is from the UK. You can possibly find it at a British food specialty store. It has a sweeter flavor than Carnation's.

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            paulj RE: jhammon Aug 13, 2008 09:08 PM

            The Horlicks bottle that I have was made in Jamaica under a UK license. I've bought a bottle in Canada, and this one at an Asian grocery.

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              cinnamon girl RE: paulj Sep 28, 2009 12:36 AM

              I saw Horlicks just the other day at the No-Frills here in Toronto. Also have seen it at Metro . . . Ovaltine is kind of malty too but I don't think as much so as Horlicks.

          2. JiyoHappy RE: Velda Mae Aug 13, 2008 10:53 PM

            Horlicks made in England is also sold in Indo/pak grocery stores

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              mar52 RE: Velda Mae Aug 13, 2008 11:06 PM

              Try Cost Plus for Horlicks.

              1. katydid13 RE: Velda Mae Aug 16, 2008 07:43 AM

                I have a related question: is it good or bad to refrigerate it? I use Carnation malt in homemade ice cream, which I make infrequently, and I've found a shop near me that sells quite a large container of it, so I'm wondering about long-term storage. I can't find any info about whether refrigeration is recommended.

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                  Zeldog RE: katydid13 Aug 16, 2008 03:16 PM

                  It's just another kind of sugar and will keep for ages without refrigeration. Keep it in a good quality air-tight container. It will turn into a rock if you let moisture get to it. In fact, if you refrigerate it, moisture will condense on the cold malt and the inside of the container each time you open it.

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                  TerriL RE: Velda Mae Aug 16, 2008 11:33 AM

                  I can't remember the the name of the Chowhound thread, but 'Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder' was recommended to me. So far I've found it online directly through the manufacturer at:
                  and at Prairie Moon:

                  Direct was cheaper when you factor in shipping. I just placed my first order, which should arrive any day -- I'll report back after I've tried it.

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                    TerriL RE: TerriL Aug 25, 2008 05:49 PM

                    Just tried Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder yesterday in a chocolate malt and it was great -- far, far better (and less sweet) than Carnation, with a more pronounced malt flavor. Highly recommended!

                  2. Zeldog RE: Velda Mae Aug 16, 2008 03:11 PM

                    Velda Mae, If you are substituting for sugar and want that malty taste, you want pure barley malt powder, not malted milk powder, which contains powdered milk and other stuff in addition to malted barley (and sometimes malted wheat). I've bought barley malt online from various sources and don't notice any difference in quality. I've never seen it in a supermarket but you might find it in a health food store. Barley malt syrup is just as good and is a bit easier to find, although more expensive than malt powder.

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                      paulj RE: Zeldog Aug 16, 2008 03:28 PM

                      For making a drink something like the Carnation or Horlicks mix may be best, for addition to a baking batter, the straight malt powder probably is better. The stuff sold in bulk at my nearby natural foods store is labeled as 60% maltose. Maltose is two glucose sugars bound together. It's probuced by sprouting a grain like barley and then drying it.

                      What ever you buy keep it well sealed. It can absorb moisture and get hard.

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                      TerriL RE: Velda Mae Aug 25, 2008 05:50 PM

                      Hi Velda Mae, can you share your pancake recipe? I would like to try substituting malt as well. Thanks.

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                        Velda Mae RE: TerriL Sep 2, 2008 12:41 PM

                        The recipe comes from the The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion and makes 16 three-inch pancakes. FYI, I emailed the folks at King Arthur and learned that they are not allowed to disclose the name of their malted milk manufacturer.

                        2 large eggs
                        1 1/4 c. milk
                        2 tsp. vanilla (optional)
                        3 Tbl. butter, melted, or vegetable oil
                        1 1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
                        3/4 tsp. salt
                        2 tsp. baking powder
                        2 Tbl sugar or 1/4 c. malted milk powder

                        Note: For waffles, reduce the milk to 1 c and incrase the fat to 5 Tbl.

                        The instructions say to beat the eggs with the milk and vanilla until they're foamy and then to stir in the butter, but I've found that the fat instantly deflates the eggs and so just beat all the wet ingredients together before I gently add the dry ingredients.

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                        Querencia RE: Velda Mae Sep 27, 2009 01:58 PM

                        I can't believe somebody else asked this. I just posted the same query on another board. The only malt powder I can find in Chicago is Carnation, which is horribly sweet. Somebody recommended Horlick's, which I was looking for a la google when I found your query. I just want to make an old-fashioned chocolate malt that tastes of malt.

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                          Caitlin McGrath RE: Querencia Sep 27, 2009 04:25 PM

                          Try looking in Indian or Chinese markets. Horlick's is popular in India and Hong Kong, so it's often sold in supermarkets catering to those communities, whereas otherwise you're pretty much relegated to mail order.

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                            Zeldog RE: Querencia Sep 29, 2009 07:49 PM

                            There's got to be a home brew supply store or two in Chicago. Try them (they might call it diastatic malt powder -- same thing). You might get lucky and find it at Whole Foods in the bulk section.

                            And there are plenty of Indian stores on Devon.

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                              saylynshoe RE: Zeldog Jan 23, 2010 02:24 PM

                              NOW Healthy Foods in Bloomingdale , Illinois makes a non-GMO malted milk powder and sells it in health food stores. In Florida you can but it at Richards Whole Foods.

                              Very good - like the malted milk powder of yore....

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                                lilmomma RE: saylynshoe Aug 10, 2011 09:23 AM

                                Is malt nutritional?

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                                  paulj RE: lilmomma Aug 10, 2011 10:09 AM

                                  It has been promoted as such, though Horlicks in the UK has reduced those claims to 'promotes sleep', presumably in reference to having a cup of hot malted milk at bed time (re the famous Ovaltine quote in Young Frankenstein)

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                            Oracoke RE: Velda Mae Dec 5, 2011 12:35 PM

                            Are some people confusing malted milk powder with malted powder? I would think malted milk powder would be adding extra milk to the recipe given you just added water to this stuff to make a milk drink. Looks like the King Arthur recipe posted here is using malted milk powder, i.e. 2 Tbl sugar or 1/4 c. malted milk powder. Many old recipes I find call for malted powder so I do find the King Arthur recipe most odd.


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