Friday, July 15, 2011

Target’s Market Pantry Malted Milk Balls

DSC_3809rbI’m always on the prowl for great Malted Milk Balls, especially at reasonable prices.

I saw this at Target, Market Pantry Chocolate Covered Malted Milk Balls - Milk Chocolate with a little tag next to it that said it was a new item. I figured for less than $2.00 for more than a quarter of a pound, I should take a gamble on them (naturally, that gamble also means sharing the results with readers).

The package is spare but accurate, there are a bunch of milk chocolate covered malted milk balls in there. It’s a bit generic, but it was enticing enough to catch my eye.


The malt balls are about the same size as Whoppers. The chocolate coating is thin, but of course made of real milk chocolate (not that simulated product on Whoppers). There’s a thin glaze on the balls, which keeps them from sticking together and of course gives them their attractive shine. It does keep it from melting right away though, but with minimal “waxy” notes. The milk chocolate is quite sweet and has the typical milky flavor profile of mediocre American milk chocolate.

The malt center is crunchy and has a tight, small bubble texture. It dissolves well or provides a delightful crunch, depending on what sort of consumer you are. The flavor is not overly malty, it’s more of a salty rice cereal flavor instead of a deep malty flavor. Still, it was satisfying and I found myself eating them without getting distracted by any weird deflated ones or off flavors.

I don’t know quite what all my criteria are for the perfect malt ball, but these aren’t there. The chocolate isn’t quite good enough, though I do like this ratio. The malt center has a great texture for people who prefer that sort of melt in your mouth delicate style, I kind of like the rustic ones that are more like Cap’n Crunch.

I’ve heard rumors that Brach’s has re-introduced their classic real milk chocolate Malt Balls, but since I haven’t found those, these are an admirable substitute, especially as a movie snack. The price is great, too, though keep your eyes out for sales. Though it says 5 ounces on the bag, because of the aerated nature of the centers, the volume felt like a lot of candy.

Related Candies

  1. Nestle Milo Bar
  2. Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Malted Milk Eggs (Plus a Bonus)
  3. Whoppers Reese’s Peanut Butter Flavored Candy
  4. Whoppers Sno-Balls
  5. Naked Chocolate Maltballs
  6. Cadbury Dairy Milk Whispers
  7. Mighty Malts
  8. Malted Crisped Rice Squares

Name: Chocolate Covered Malted Milk Balls
Brand: Target
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $1.64
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 135
Categories: Candy, Chocolate, Malt, 7-Worth It, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:22 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChocolateMalt7-Worth ItUnited StatesTarget

  1. Hi,
    Just curious, why do you say “but of course made of real milk chocolate” ?  Is Market Pantry in general of high enough quality that one can expect real chocolate? Target? Past reviews of Market Pantry products?

    Just curious.

    Comment by Jesse on 7/15/11 at 7:07 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Jesse - I think I explained it in the parenthetical that Whoppers are not. The “but of course” is because the chocolate part is actually in the name of the candy. A company can’t say that something is chocolate if it’s not.

    Comment by Cybele on 7/15/11 at 7:12 pm #
  3. These look really good. Btw, I love your blog, Ive been reading it for over a year now. I just started my own food review blog and put you on my blog list. You can check it out at


    Comment by Courtney on 7/18/11 at 5:51 pm #
  4. i’m a huge malted milk ball fan and definitely of the “dissolving center” camp.  nice to hear that these are a perfectly good option when i’ve got a hankering.

    and btw, few things are more disappointing than the deflated whoppers!  guhh.

    Comment by the candy fan on 7/19/11 at 1:58 pm #
  5. totally craving maltesers right now thanks alot ha ha raspberry

    Comment by betty on 7/20/11 at 7:59 am #
  6. It looks like Target no longer carried Market Pantry Malted Milk Balls which is a shame since they were pretty good.

    Comment by Diane Barton on 7/14/12 at 3:12 pm #
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