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Jul 20, 2009 12:24 PM

chocolate malts

Does anyone remember the good old days when Woodward's food floor had a malt machine? Army and Navy had one as well. Are they all extinct, or is there a hidden spot in Vancouver where one can still find these tasty treats? If anyone knows, it'll be a chowhound!

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  1. The Bay cafteterias were the last hold outs that I knew of and they, too, have quit serving malts.

    But I thought there was a place on Granville Island that made them from scratch. But its been a while and I can't even think of where on the Island it was.

    1. A malted milkshake (ie with malt powder)? I think you can get those Moderne Burger. Or do you just mean milkshakes that are hand-dipped in an old-fashioned milkshake machine? Whitespot (some locations) have those. I think a number of diner and retro-diner type places have them too. The Roundel on Hastings, The Tomahawk in North Van, The Templeton on Granville St, for example.

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      1. re: fmed

        Not a malted milkshake - these were similar to soft ice cream (but a little softer) that was chocolate malted flavor. But they were never served in a cone - always a styrofoam cup. And they were thicker than a milkshake, you couldn't drink them through a straw (unless you waited long enough to melt them, of course.) I suspect they have gone the way of the dodo.
        I'll try Moderne Burger - but have been craving the real old fashioned thing since it came up in conversation a few days ago. -sigh-

        1. re: moltmonster

          I think I know what you mean now. Maybe the PNE?

      2. Moltmonster!
        Thank you for your post - the malts at Woodward's food floor were the best - thankfully, my mom liked them too, so they were often a post shopping treat.
        I have not had anything like them in yarns. It seemed as though for a while some places still had the same machine and the "malt" looked the same, the flavour changed to more a chocolate soft ice cream, and the texture was not the same.

        One other thing that they used to have at the Woodward's basement snack shop in Southgate (Edmonton) was those hot dogs where they used to butter and contact grill the outsides of the pull apart buns. Yum! I guess the buns were sort of like a lobster roll, with the slice through the top down.
        I have often wondered what ever happened to those beautiful grape and turquoise tall stools they used to have there? I recall that the staff ladies in those places were always top notch too!
        Thanks for the jogging the memories!

        1. Oh yes, those malts from The Malt Stop were a special treat during the weekly family Saturday shopping trips to The Bay, Eaton's, and Woodward's. I recall that they were served in old-school glasses.

          Did anyone else eat at the cafeteria on the top floor of The Bay? It was also a special treat for us, as we always had the roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, gravy, and jello for dessert. We kids thought we were so 'sophisticated'! Ah, the memories...

          1. Sorry don't know if they have a similar place in Vancouver. In Calgary here at the downtown Bay on the 2nd floor/+15 level, there's a place called Chicago Franks that had malts. I'm not sure if it's still there any more. I have been to it in the last couple of years.

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            1. re: miss.foodie

              It's still there -- had a chocolate malt in a styrofoam cup there just a few months ago!

              1. re: kemen

                Yipppee yahoo! I'm heading to Calgary in September and again in October. I'll be sure to get my fill of chocolate malts while I'm there. Thanks for the tip!

                1. re: moltmonster

                  in Turner Valley (45 minutes southwest of Calgary) there is a small soda shop called Marv's Classic Soda Shop. Marv (yes, the legend himself) does malts - with the old equipment and everything. Also, if you ask nicely, he will take his guitar down off the wall and sing you an Elvis Presley tune. You can't beat this - it's a beautiful Sunday drive and a fun outing for kids of all ages.


                  1. re: moltmonster

                    Thought I'd be more precise with the Chicago Franks location at the downtown Bay in Calgary. It's inside The Bay near the entrance to Scotia Place on the 2nd floor, which is the men's clothing department.

                    1. re: miss.foodie

                      jsfoodchat - thanks for that tip. Sadly I will not have time to leave Calgary downtown - I'm going to be there for a conference and won't rent a car. Miss.foodie - thanks for the directions. I'd hate to be so close and miss it....

                      1. re: moltmonster

                        Ah the good ole days slurping a malt out of those small glasses watching the donuts go around in the automatic donut maker. And the dogs...