Friday, June 17, 2005

Bulk Balls

Name: Malted Milk Balls
Brand: Wilbur
Place Purchased: Phone Order
Price: $6.99
Size: 16 oz (one pound)
Calories per ounce: 138
Type: Malted/Chocolate

As I’ve stated before, I love malt. I will eat spoonfuls of Ovaltine malted milk powder straight from the jar. Good malt balls are not easy to find. First, they have to be covered with real chocolate. Those egg-shaped ones available around Easter are usually some fake chocolate compound and too sweet. The best bet is usually in the bulk candy aisle at the grocer if they carry Harmony Foods bulk chocolate covered malted milk balls.

Earlier this week I placed a bulk order from Wilbur and one of the items was their Malted Milk Balls. These are not simply malted milk balls covered with a thin layer of chocolate, they’re super thick with high-quality milk chocolate. The malt inside is crisp, large and very malty with a touch of salt.

They are by far the best malted milk balls I’ve had in my life. My big question is if anyone knows if naked malt balls exist, you know, just the malt balls without the chocolate coating.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:18 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewWilburChocolateMalt9-YummyUnited States

  1. i have found my mecca in your blog.  what a fitting addition to my collection!!!

    and you absolutely must check out jai patisserie in venice beach if you haven’t already.


    Comment by gaijin on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. The best malted milk balls I’ve had came from Tom’s Market, somewhere down near Corona.

    They were larger than Whoppers, maybe the size of these Wilbur ones. They also had thick, thick chocolate, but I never bothered learning the manufacturer’s name.

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. I really like the peanut butter malt balls at Whole Foods!—SoCal

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. re: naked malt balls… roll yer own! I bet an interesting cereal/malt powder concoction to be made—an alternative to a rice krispie cake.—SoCal

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. I’ve never seen naked malt balls, but I can’t imagine why you’d want ‘em - doesn’t the chocolate just complement the malt so nicely?

    Comment by Bottom Feeder on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  6. I, too am interested in naked malt balls. I’m a chocolate lover but am cutting back and like the insides of a malt ball just as much as the whole thing!
    That’s how I found this blog…looking for malt balls without the choc. cover. Let us know if you find any!!

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Okay, I’m on the case ... I’m going to find a source of naked malt balls or develop a recipe.

    I have some inquiries out to a few sources, so we’ll see how that goes.

    I’m thinking SoCal is on the right track, a rice krispies treat with gobs of malt in it might do the trick.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  8. These aren’t naked malted milk balls, but they are matled milk tablets.  Vermont County Store sells Horlick’s malted milk tablets and powder.  Maybe that would be what you’re looking for.

    Comment by Shawna on 10/19/06 at 7:55 am #
  9. i have been wondering how to make malt balls, too. i’m pretty sure the reason you don’t find naked ones pre-made is that malt is very hygroscopic, and it gets sticky when exposed to air. try leaving a half-eaten malt ball out on a humid day and see what happens. it gets all chewy. so it pretty much has to be covered in chocolate for any kind of shelf life.

    but! i think if you cook malt powder (you can get it at the health food store) and sugar together, and add baking soda at the end, the way you would make a peanut brittle, you will get an approximation of malt balls. i am going to try it and see what happens. i will let you know if you are interested.

    i like your blog. i am a pastry chef and i love candy, especially searching for new types and making my own.

    Comment by katharine on 1/05/07 at 7:04 pm #
  10. Hey, a lot of good information on your site.  I love chocolate covered malt balls, and didn’t see one brand which is great - called Chompers.  I used to buy it at 7-11, about 2 years ago.  I have not been able to find anything about it online either.  It is a fruit flavored chocolate covered malt ball.  There are 5 or 6 flavors, and they are much better than whoppers.  Anyone know about these Chompers?

    Comment by Andrew K on 2/03/07 at 9:46 pm #
  11. There is a Gelato shop just outside the new Baseball Stadium in downtown San Diego (10th st)that has malt gelato. It was really malty. I had it together with the dark chocolate. Wow!!!

    I always got the Horlicks tablets as a kid in Chicago, however, nothing beats malt powder straight from the jar.

    I always considered it a treat to find a malt ball that had become gooey on the inside.


    Comment by John P on 4/15/07 at 12:58 pm #
  12. I too am a malt-maniac, and have wished to find chocolate-free malt balls. I’ve even used a knife to peel the waxy chocolate off Whoppers so I could have a handful of malt balls. Not that I have anything against chocolate. Heck no. If it’s candy, I’m in. Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory = my heaven. *sigh*
    Like John P, I get a kick out of those Whoppers with the gooey insides. Sometimes instead of sticky, they’re crunchy. Probably phase 2 after the air gets to the malt.
    I think I’ll try making malt ice cream.
    I wonder how Katherine’s recipe turned out.

    Comment by JoAnn on 4/18/07 at 6:13 pm #
  13. Oh, I loved Horlick’s malt tablets when I was young kid.  I’ve done tons of searching online and found a place that has these tablets for cheap.  To me though, they just don’t taste the same as I remember, but they aren’t bad.
    I would love to learn how to make tablets out of Carnation’s Malted Milk, so if anyone can please help me with that, I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thanks!  Here’s the website to Horlicks..

    Comment by Mark on 4/23/07 at 6:51 pm #
  14. To start with theres a really good brand of malt balls, Albanese in Merrillville IN. good stuff there.  As someone already said there are no naked malt balls due to the fact that they are fragile. Any moisture would simply turn it into mush. Not all easter ones are bad, just gotta find a good brand.

    Comment by alison on 5/24/07 at 9:19 pm #
  15. I’ve been searching around for a cheap pill presser, but their doesn’t seem to be such a thing.  I’m hoping once I get my hands on one, I’ll be able to recreate the Horlick’s tablets with Carnation’s Malted Milk.  Any ideas??

    Comment by Mark on 5/25/07 at 6:37 am #
  16. Try Georgia Nut for malted milk centers.  I don’t know if they sell small quantities, but I do know they carry them in bulk.  I’m looking for organic malt centers (bulk), myself.

    Comment by Melissa on 6/14/07 at 11:05 am #
  17. I love you all. I have been looking for these for so long and I think the tablets are the way to go. If anyone finds that recipe for malt balls please let me know.

    Comment by Tiffani on 7/20/07 at 1:18 pm #
  18. Did anyone else noticed that the date on the first few posts are from 1969? Pretty funny. Long live malted milk balls!

    Comment by Karri on 7/20/07 at 2:34 pm #
  19. I have found a light carmel yogurt covered malted milk ball in the bulk food section at my grocery store. (Safeway) The coating is very thin and they are close to a naked malted milk ball. I LOVE them. Maybe someone could make a carnuba wax covered malted milk ball? You would only taste the malt.

    Comment by Karri on 7/20/07 at 2:37 pm #
  20. As I am a Malted Milk Ball Lover it has been a long time since I have had the ones that Sears sold several years ago when they had the candy department in their larger stores. These are by far the best ones that I have ever had. There are a lot of real good ones on the market. The ones I like are from Harry and Davids stores here in Oregon and the ones that Fred Meyer Markets carry here in Oregon that come from Santa Cruz CA but none as good as the ones that Sears sold. Their malt had the best flavor of any.

    Comment by Warren on 6/20/08 at 8:10 am #
  21. I am all over this page!  LOVE MALT!  I too will eat spoonful after spoonful of powdered malt.  I have found the Horlicks on Vermont Country Store site- HOWEVER they are far cheaper on the SPICED site.

    I have been eating malt tablets since I was young but I remember them in a glass jar.  I don’t know if they were Horlicks or a different brand.  I have only found the Horlicks in the little packets and box.  Does anyone remember the malt tablets that came in the jar.  We use to get them at a health food store or sometimes a drug store would also carry them.  IF ANYONE HAS FOUND THEM IN THE JAR PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

    Comment by karen juska on 7/24/08 at 6:59 pm #
  22. I remember Horlicks malt tabs in the jar.  That’s the only way I remember them.  My brother and sister would get them from the drug store.  Horlick’s was so good.  They stopped making those a long time ago.
    I managed to get the Horlicks Tablets in the packs, but they didn’t seem to taste the same.  Perhaps my taste has changed?  I live next to a bunch of asian markets that actually have Horlick’s Powdered Malt.  I think I tried that a few years back and wasn’t so impressed.  So I’ve been content having Carnation Powdered Malt by the spoonful every so often.
    If only I can find a tablet press machine for very cheap, I would get the carnation powdered malt and make tablets.

    Comment by Mark on 7/25/08 at 5:20 am #
  23. Thanks for the updates but I Think that I will get a spoon & the jar of malt.  just home from a fire- I live in NOR-CAL & we are just burning big time.  Started June 21 & has not been a break since.  All you malt lovers out there please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  & by the way beer does not go with malt.  Keep searching for the good malt stuff.  Karen

    Comment by karen on 8/05/08 at 8:03 pm #
  24. I am a huge fan of Wilbur’s chocolates!  My family has been eating them my whole life.  I love love love the triple coated almonds.  My dad forgot them in my Christmas stocking one year and I think I actually cried.

    I also worked for a local Baltimore candy comany while in high school and college.  It was a dream come true!!!

    Comment by holly on 9/09/08 at 9:15 am #
  25. Georgia Nut sells malt balls and malt ball centers. They are out of Skokie, Illinois. Not only do they have chocolate malt balls, they have yogurt, peppermint, espresso, peanut butter, and more… I’m not sure if they sell the centers unless its in bulk, but its worth a shot!

    Comment by Billy on 11/10/08 at 9:14 am #
  26. That’s a great idea, Billy. I’ll have to give that a shot. Thank you

    Comment by mark on 11/10/08 at 10:51 am #
  27. Has anyone come up with a way to make the tablets yet? I remember them too. Horlicks in a jar. The new Horlicks in a package don’t seem as thick or strong.

    Comment by Sue on 2/14/09 at 10:13 am #
  28. I did a little research about tablet pressing machines. There are some really cheap types that I know will not work. Unfortunately, the only other pressers I was able to find were more of a commercial grade that costs thousands. I’m sure with the economy, used ones can go for much cheaper, but still too expensive. I hope someone, or maybe even Carnation themselves, would make the tablets one day soon.

    Comment by Mark on 2/14/09 at 11:35 am #
  29. Cybele's avatar

    Sue & Mark - I did try some prototypes of malt tablets by a local confectioner. There’s something about the air and crumbliness of a malted milk ball that helps to transmit the flavor.

    I’ve also looked into “naked” malted milk balls and they’re very sensitive to humidity.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/14/09 at 1:30 pm #
  30. Wow, I thought I was alone in my obsession! My wife looks at me like I’m crazy as I sit at the coffee table with a glass of milk, a butter knife, and a napkin full of peeled Whoppers. HAHA, I’m also on the search for the elusive “naked malt-ball”. I have yet to check out the previous links, but will as soon as I’m done posting. Thank you everyone for showing me I’m not the only “strange” one.

    Comment by anthony on 3/08/09 at 11:35 am #
  31. Another tasty starting material for experiments is actual malt syrup from a beer making store.

    I think malt powder is crystallized malt, ground to dust then mixed with lactose powder or other milk product.

    Comment by johanne on 3/31/09 at 8:16 pm #
  32. I feel at home here… years of secretly enjoying only the inside of the whopper I wondered quietly if there was a way to remove that chocolate layer to leave me in a blissful malt heaven… although I haven’t found it, I must say its good to know… Im not alone

    Comment by coco on 6/03/09 at 10:15 am #
  33. Yummmmm…..but I am looking for the formulation of those great big “corner candy store” malt balls from the early 60’s. They actually TASTED like malt ... nothing I have found is even close , due to variations in both the malt center and the chocolate coating…... surely someone is related to someone who knows someone who remembers THAT recipe…. cause whoppers are a joke. a very sad wax coated joke…..

    Comment by DLynn on 6/15/09 at 2:59 pm #
  34. Brach’s made a damn good malt ball, but you cannot find them in stores anymore. I ordered them online from Candy Favorites, but now they always seem to be out of stock. It seems that Whoppers (with terrible fake chocolate coating) have cornered the market. Whenever I happen to find real chocolate malt balls (such as at Walgreen’s), they soon disappear, and never show again. Only Whoppers. I believe that Whopers were made by Leaf, which ws bought by Hershey. What an irony with the fake chocolate!!! I rather suspect there is something rotten in Denmark.

    Comment by bill pettersen on 7/31/09 at 11:05 am #
  35. Try Eillien’s out of Green Bay. I’m not sure if they are a distributor or manufacturer, but their malt balls are impressive, with a thicker chocolate shell than those pictured above. I too prefer the centers alone, but the outsides of theirs are creamy enough that they come off easily and nearly completely. Delish!

    Comment by lile on 8/15/09 at 11:49 am #
  36. I know this may be a stale thread, but hey—I found it looking for reviews of malt balls today, so may as well post that plain malt ball centers are available here:

    They have the biggest range of malt ball flavors I’ve seen.  I’m looking for a good classic version, though, so I think I’ll try Wilbur.

    Comment by Jenna on 1/05/10 at 7:01 am #
  37. Cybele's avatar

    Jenna - I didn’t review them but ordered them late last year and enjoyed them:

    Albanese Candy Malted Milk Balls.

    They have a good ratio of chocolate to malt (they’re not huge and not overly chocolate). They’re also an exceptional value for a real chocolate malt ball these days.

    bill pettersen - I’ve heard that Brach’s may be reviving their classic real chocolate malt balls. Hopefully in stores by February 2010.

    Comment by Cybele on 1/05/10 at 7:09 am #
  38. Awhile back, called Candy Favorites in Mc Keesport. Brach’s got back in the game with malt balls, so I ordered a big bag. Supposed to be original recipe. Not so, by my estimation. Very waxy chocolate. The inside malt ball is the best tho. Anyway, I had to return them. This was 6 months ago. Just called CF again, to hear they have new ones in from Brach’s…chocolate is said to be real good, meltaway. Ordered 6 lbs. We will see. Bill

    Comment by bill petteren on 1/05/10 at 8:23 am #
  39. Jenna, will give you full report. For the real test, I put one in each cheek when I go to bed. If they are still there in the morning, they are too waxy. Bill

    Comment by bill pettersen on 1/05/10 at 10:14 am #
  40. Bill—holding my breath waiting to hear your results (with the allegedly new & improved Brachs maltballs form CF! Thanks for sharing, I hate to order 6 lbs and be disappointed!

    Comment by Nancy on 2/01/10 at 12:08 pm #
  41. Sorry. The chocolate really disappoints. Even the malt tastes weaker. I am disappointed again! Will try Wilbur’s. Do prefer choc to be a thin coating tho.

    Comment by Bill on 2/01/10 at 2:53 pm #
  42. Darn. Thanks for the update.. I agree about the preference for a thin coating of chocolate. Good luck with Wilbur’s, keep us posted…

    Comment by Nancy on 2/01/10 at 4:56 pm #
  43. I’ll say this, Georgia Nut has great malt balls. They make them the size of golf balls. I’ve tried there chocolate malt balls, as well as pumpkin, egg nog, and my favorite gingerbread! You have to give them a try, and I’ve even learned the are one company that actually makes the “naked” malt balls.

    Comment by Drebs on 2/02/10 at 3:07 pm #
  44. I wrote back on 6/20/08 re: Sears malt balls. I have seen questions re: naked malt balls. I found them at thanks to the comment by Jenna. I tried them and they were on the scale of 10, I also tried their regular malt balls and scored them 8 1/2. Than I tried their ultimate Malt Balls and they scored off the scale. They had multiple layers of different kinds of chocolate and were excellent, so I highly recommend Nutsonline. But I still have not found who made the malt balls for SEARS.

    Comment by Warren Wachal on 2/14/10 at 4:21 pm #
  45. Cybele's avatar

    Warren - I ordered the naked balls from NutsOnline. The shipment has been delayed due to bad weather on the eastern seaboard (ordered Feb 3), but I’m hoping they’ll arrive tomorrow. Then I’ll be sure to review them for folks.

    It’s very likely that the company that used to make them for Sears is long gone or if they’re still around, may have changed their recipe.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/14/10 at 4:25 pm #
  46. RE: Sears Malted Milk Balls

    I used to work the candy counter at Sears in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s. The malted milk balls we sold were Brach’s Double Dipped.
    I doubt that they’ll ever be the same, since Farley bought them.

    Comment by Lou Anne on 2/21/10 at 12:45 pm #
  47. i just stumbled upon this blog last week in my desperate attempt to find a decent malted milk ball. when brach’s changed their recipe, i was devastated. but to cut to chase:

    i ordered same malt balls from both ‘Nuts Online’
    and ‘Alanese’. i also bought a bag of Brach’s Malted Milk Eggs 3 weeks ago.

    Here’s my take:

    Brach’s Malted Milk Eggs:

    First, i inspected the label. The bag stated ‘Real Milk Chocolate’. the ingredients label backed up the claim, so, in great anticipation, i bought a bag. when i bit into the first one, i knew instantly that the recipe had changed for the better, but that joy was short-lived as i realized that yes, there is ‘real’ milk-chocolate on these eggs, but a poor quality one, or it had been cut with some wax. i didn’t finish the bag.

    Bottom Line: better than before, but that ain’t sayin’ much. NERTZ!

    Malted Milk Balls - $4.99/lb
    Malt Centers - $3.99/lb
    Shipping - $8.63

    Received them within the week, well packaged, used corn starch based packing peanuts.
    the chocolate was piled on thick. Quality was much better than the ‘Brach’s’ disaster. but I could still taste a bit of wax? Maybe coconut oil? I dunno, it was fairly decent and thick chocolate, but it wasn’t pure and didn’t have that smooth, melt-away texture that I would get with the original ‘Brach’s’. i ate about 2/3’s of the bag (not all at once) and threw the rest away.

    Bottom Line: Not bad in a pinch, but certainly not the caliber i’d hoped for. i won’t buy them again.

    the ‘naked’ balls were crisp and malty, but having never eaten just the centers before, i’m not sure how they stacked up against other centers. i felt they could’ve been more ‘malty’ and not quite so ‘sweet’. i found them a bit too sweet for my liking and couldn’t eat many of them before i had to stop. these won’t go to waste however, as i intend to dip these in melted chocolate myself. they’d probably be great in cookies, brownies, ice cream, etc. but you can buy malted milk powder and pretty much accomplish the same thing, and it’s far cheaper. there is the crispness factor however, that you can’t get with the powder. i don’t know how these will hold up under hot(baking) conditions.

    Bottom Line: too sweet, not enough malt. probably good for dipping, but ‘jesus! that’s labor intensive, so for me, not worth it to buy again.

    Albanese Candy:
    Malted Milk Balls - $3.99/lb
    Skinny Malted Milk Balls - $3.99/lb
    Shipping - $10.56

    arrived 2 days later, very well packed in air-cell wrap.

    i tried the regular ones first. wrapped in 3 layers of chocolate. it was ‘smooth, creamy, melt in your mouth and hand and not too sweet’ kind of chocolate. not waxy or artificial kind of taste whatsoever. these were GOOD. i knew almost instantly that if i left these out in a warm room too long, i’d end up with a malt mash in the bag, and on my hands, and fingers, and lips, and tongue, and…this bag didn’t last the day…

    i waited until the next day to try the ‘skinnies’.
    it was a tough wait, but Oh, so worth it! for me, the ‘skinnies’, which are wrapped in just 2 layers of milk chocolate, were the PERFECT combination of milk to malt. smaller in the hand, easy to pop into the mouth and the malt is more intense due to relative proportions. that was one of the biggest factors in my attraction to Brach’s. GOOD milk chocolate, but not over-whelming. the milk chocolate was of the same quality as their regular malt balls. it other words: EXCELLENT. this bag lasted but 3 hours. i had to do it. i was afraid they might melt. no, really! they would’ve…..

    Bottom Line: Either the regular or the ‘skinny’ are exceptional, depending on how much chocolate you like. in fact I’D SAY THEY ARE BETTER THAN BRACH’S ORIGINAL RECIPE!! AND THEY’RE CHEAPER THAN ANYTHING OUT THERE! Go figure…

    BUY THESE MALT BALLS!! you won’t be disappointed.
    btw: shipping costs go down considerably when buying in bulk. shipping for a 22lb tub(@ $7.99) is only $13.99(vs. $10.56 for my 2 lb order).

    FYI: one poster referred to Eilleen’s in Green Bay. Don’t bother. it’s real milk chocolate, but not top notch quality.

    Comment by Patti on 3/21/10 at 11:31 am #
  48. Whole Foods, Baby, Whole Foods…

    Comment by Fluff on 4/03/10 at 2:25 am #
  49. Sorry to disappoint all those with good suggestions about malted milk balls, but I’ve tried almost every brand of those suggested, the worst by far being Whoppers. If you want to try a remarkably good brand, try to locate one made by Mars in the U.K. called Maltesers; they’re available everywhere in about 50 countries, so anyone traveling anywhere in Europe,the Middle East,Far East or Australia could probably locate some, and they’re fairly easily found (imported)in the U.S. Unfortunately, the wonderful Horlick’s Malted Milk Tablets seem to have disappeared completely in the U.K.; I’ve tried repeatedly to find some but without success, and although there seem to be many Google sites offering them, all I get (even from the Vermont Country Store) is a blank reply or regrets.

    Comment by Dr. Paul Schlueter on 5/05/11 at 1:19 pm #
  50. You’re sorry to disappoint us because your opinion is the only right one, “Dr”?  Please correct me if I’ve misread you.
    On my trips to Australia I’ve tried Maltesers. I prefer Whoppers.

    Comment by JoAnn on 5/05/11 at 2:28 pm #
  51. Trader Joes sells the best malt ball ever made. But only at Easter. Creamy milk chocolate outside, malty center.

    Comment by bill pettersen on 5/06/11 at 11:55 am #
  52. I discovered Trader Joes this past Easter Season. They were pretty good. I’d say a 7 out of 10. Better than most but still some room for improvement. I think the malt center was a tad too sweet. But it didn’t prevent me from buying a box for my three girls and another box for just me.
    And Maltesers ? I’d give em a 5. Both the center and the chocolate are too sweet for my tastes. I’ll eat them but wouldn’t go out of way for them.
    BTW: I remember the Sears MMB and they were, indeed, supremely awesome. sigh…...

    Comment by Patti on 5/06/11 at 9:21 pm #
  53. Joann,  you were a bit hard on the good Dr. Did laugh tho. Good to see some starch in the ball banter. Malteasers aint all that horrible. False chocolate tho.

    Comment by Bill on 5/06/11 at 11:58 pm #
  54. #47 is nothing more than an advertisment

    Comment by jay on 5/22/11 at 9:06 pm #
  55. Cybele's avatar

    jay - I actually encourage readers to post their own reviews. It doesn’t strike me as an advertisement, just someone sharing their experiences.

    Comment by Cybele on 5/22/11 at 9:08 pm #
  56. Thanks for defending me Cybele.

    jay: it stung a bit to be accused of ‘advertising’. it’s nothing of the sort. it’s honest-to-goodness research. believe me, i have the extra poundage to prove it. Maybe i was a bit too anal in my analysis for your likes, but i’m a scientist by training, and so detailed research and analysis is second nature to me. i was just trying to give as complete a picture as possible of what i experienced. Honestly? i’m a bit of a food snob, and so a harsh critic. i don’t have kind words for the likes of Whoppers at all. the quality of the Albanese candy caught me off gaurd and i simply got carried away by my enthusiasm for what i considered to be the best malted milk ball i’ve found to date.
    i have no financial stake in the Albanese company nor did i gain any favors or monies with my endorsement. The only consequence of my testing was that i decided to send my sister several pounds of MMBs for her birthday, which she quite enjoyed. indeed, she quite enjoyed very much.
    p.s. Comment #52 (also mine) should’ve given you some indication that I’m not just pushing Albanese products.

    Comment by Patricia Hung on 5/23/11 at 11:56 pm #
  57. What an interesting string! I googled looking for “naked malt balls” to make Thrifty’s Chocolate Malted Crunch ice cream. They only sell it at Rite Aid (who took over Thrifty) in So Cal, and I live in Seattle. I’ve been craving it for weeks. The malt balls in the ice cream are naked, with chocolate malt ice cream and chocolate flakes. I don’t want chocolate on the balls. Anyway, looks like nuts online is the place to go these days. Thanks all!! (PS if you have a crazy malt obsession and eat lots of it on a spoon every day, you might be anemic and have pica. Look it up. My pica was for altoids smalls.)

    Comment by Alicia on 8/17/11 at 4:00 pm #
  58. Try for naked malt balls.

    Comment by Trish on 8/23/11 at 8:52 pm #
  59. you can get malted milk ball centers by the pound at

    Comment by thatpastrychef on 1/22/12 at 8:34 pm #
  60. Malt Ball Doctrine

    1.  Whoppers are not malted milk balls.  I’d rather go without, than eat those things.

    2.  Malt should be fine powder and not too gritty and never wet or sticky.  Texture is everything.

    3.  Chocolate must be good quality and it can never be covered with carob or yogurt.

    4.  Chocolate to malt ratio is very important.  Too much chocolate throws off the malted harmony and the point is moot.

    5.  I long for the days where they quality chocolate shops sold malted milk balls.  Does anyone remember Blum’s Chocolates.  Excellent, if I recall.
    6.  If you agree with any of my statements please send me your recommendation of your ideal malt ball.

    Comment by GinaRica on 5/18/12 at 9:34 pm #
  61. I would absolutely adore information if anyone has been able to track down Chompers MMB’s, the chocolate quality was poor,but the fruit flavored malt centers were refreshingly addictive.
    For those seeking malt tablets,and considering making their own,but dismayed by the insane cost of a tablet press, I had a tip : check around your town for any independent pharmacy, most of the Mom&Pop; pharmacies make their money on Compounding special orders,b/c we just can’t compete with the big boys in price alone. I think the only time I’ve ever ‘compounded’ malt tablets was at the behest of a vet who needed an antibiotic mixed into them, but I still imagine that it wouldn’t be too hard to find some kindly old-school Druggist with some time on his hands who wouldn’t mind pressing a few plain malt tablets for a small service fee. Might be worth a shot!

    Comment by Jennie on 2/16/13 at 9:34 pm #
  62. Munson’s Chocolate Malted Balls are very good.

    Comment by Valerie on 11/18/13 at 4:26 pm #
  63. A few of you guys wanted malt ball centers? Well, I accidentally found them! I didn’t think they existed but they do:


    Comment by Sharyn on 2/07/14 at 10:48 pm #
  64. please put me on your (e)mailing list. thank you.

    Comment by jerry felt on 5/06/14 at 10:04 am #
  65. Please help, I am looking for a candy called Chompers that were fruity covered Malted Milk Balls. They disappeared in 2007 never to be hear from again. If anyone has any leads please let me know.

    Comment by Lauren on 11/26/14 at 12:04 pm #
  66. I used to buy boxes of tiny malted milk balls that had a white candy coating over a chocalate covered malt ball. The white candy coating had multi-colored specks on it and they came in a white box, the same size of a Good and Plenty box. They were named Cheers and back in 1964 they cost five cents a box. I can find no one else who remembers them, or the name of the company that made them…? I’ve googled them and it remains a mystery to me. I was quite fond of those candies and wish I could find out any information on them. I realize 1964 was a long time ago but someone else out there must remember them. BTW, I will add my vote to the ongoing discussion on Whoppers. They are horrible and why would anyone want a wax coated poor quality malt ball? Thanks for letting me post.

    Comment by Cherie Murray on 6/23/16 at 8:36 pm #
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