malt ball bark

June 17, 2012

in Candy

I’ve mentioned my dad’s childhood love of frosty chocolate malts previously. On a summer afternoon, he’d hop on his Stingray bike and cruise to Fosters Freeze for a chocolate malt (with extra malt, of course!). This year, I decided to surprise him with a new malted creation, malt ball bark. The dark chocolate base layer is topped with a malt-infused semisweet chocolate layer, and chopped malt balls add the final embellishment to this malt lover’s dream – follow with a glass of cold milk!

While I’ve certainly inherited my dad’s love for chocolate, his patience, generosity, and sense of humor are the qualities I aspire to develop. Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Malt Ball Bark
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 Tbsp malted milk powder
3 ounces malt balls, chopped

Line a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Place bittersweet and semisweet chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until glossy and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour melted chocolate into prepared dish and spread with an offset spatula into an even layer. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 25 minutes. Remove dish from refrigerator and leave at room temperature while melting remaining chocolate.

Place semisweet chocolate and malted milk powder in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until glossy and smooth. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Pour melted chocolate over dark chocolate layer; carefully spread with an offset spatula into an even layer. Sprinkle with chopped malt balls, pressing gently to adhere. Chill in the refrigerator until completely set, about 1 hour.

Carefully lift parchment paper and place bark on a cutting board; trim away any ragged edges, then use a sharp knife to cut into pieces. Pack in an airtight container with wax paper between layers; store in the refrigerator.

Yield – 16 pieces (serving size: 1 piece)
Calories – 170
Carbs – 23

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1 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers June 17, 2012

I love malt balls but your post reminds me that I have not seen one ever since I moved here. My hunt will start now. Your Dad seems like a jolly man and nice.


2 Jenn June 17, 2012

Very sweet! Love the daughter-dad picture!


3 Sandra's Easy Cooking June 17, 2012

mmmm…this looks heavenly! Loving your photos too!


4 Liren June 17, 2012

A sweet treat for your sweet father! How perfect! I love that picture of the two of you. Happy Father’s Day!!


5 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 17, 2012

What a great idea! I’ll think of you when I make some of this one day this week :)


6 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 17, 2012

Great idea! Both my dad and my husband would love this! Nice picture of you and your dad!


7 Valerie June 17, 2012

One of the perks of being a baker is making creative homemade versions of the stuff our friends and family love. This malt bark looks amazing! (What a cute photo! Venice!!!) :D


8 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } June 17, 2012

I adore malt and whoopers! This is a perfect treat to make. Lovely photo of you and your Dad! Pinning this NOW! :-)


9 Alison @ Ingredients, INc June 17, 2012

omg I love this


10 Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate June 17, 2012

This is so great.. and easy. Wonderful photos, too, of you with your Dad..


11 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) June 17, 2012

What a great idea! I am bookmarking this for my son’s birthday party :)


12 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 17, 2012

Awwww cute picture! And this bark is amazing! I’m a huge malt ball fan so this is just screaming my name.


13 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 17, 2012

Oh! This sounds so easy to make and delicious! I love the picture of you and your dad! Hope you had a great Father’s Day!


14 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 18, 2012

how fun! this sounds so good (and love that it’s no-bake and fast!)


15 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 18, 2012

I love Maltesers and this is a great idea for a bark! In fact I have a packet in my cupboard that I might just dive into right now ;)


16 Baker Street June 18, 2012

aww.. what a sweet post for your dad! That picture is really sweet! And as for this bark – i think its just genius! Love the idea of malt balls in dark chocolate.


17 Ozlem's Turkish Table June 18, 2012

What a lovely post and a delicious treat, happy past Father’s Day!

I know you like treats, I just posted home made Turkish Delight and thought to let you know, would love to hear your thoughts – they came out really well :)


18 Jennifer June 18, 2012

Yummy and creative! Love the picture of you and your dad.


19 the wicked noodle June 18, 2012

Love the malt bark and love the picture! Such a sweet post (no pun intended ;)


20 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 18, 2012

Oh, my dad would LOVE this!! He loves Malt anything!


21 Laura @ Family Spice June 18, 2012

What a great treat! I ADORE malt balls! Of course, I adore most sweet things, but when my kids come home with their Halloween loot, I snag those malt balls!


22 Jennifer | Mother Thyme June 18, 2012

Great idea! Super cute to make and put in little gift bags for gift giving too.


23 Tutti Dolci June 18, 2012

Love that idea, Jennifer! The bags would make a great party favor!


24 Cassie (bake your day) June 18, 2012

I adore malt balls. This is such a great idea Laura!


25 Katie {Epicurean Mom} June 18, 2012

I LOVE this recipe!! Brilliant Laura!

P.s adorable picture of you and your dad!!


26 Patty June 18, 2012

Brillant idea Laura! I love a chocolate treat from time to time but I have to make it really good and worth the extra calories;-) Sweet photo of you and your dad in Venice, nice trip!


27 Jennifer (Delicieux) June 18, 2012

What a wonderful delicious treat. Your Dad is one lucky man! Love that photo of the two of you!


28 Krista June 18, 2012

What a fabulous idea! Cute picture of you and your Dad!


29 Sneh | Cook Republic June 19, 2012

What a lovely treat for your Dad! I bet he loved it :-)


30 Jen @ Savory Simple June 19, 2012

These look so awesome. I love malted milk balls as well!


31 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin June 19, 2012

What a sweet post for your Dad, and it looks like you came up with the perfect gift for him too! :) Such a great idea!


32 Deb June 19, 2012

A joyful Father’s Day post! A easy and irresistble treat; celebrations that include chocolate are always better. I’m charmed!


33 Karen (Back Road Journal) June 19, 2012

You must have made you dad so happy with this chocolatey treat.


34 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 19, 2012

What a sweet dedication to your dad, Laura! This malt ball bark looks like something my dad would enjoy, too! Thanks for sharing.


35 June 20, 2012

Malt and chocolate are awesome together! Great recipe!


36 nina June 22, 2012

I am bookmarking this recipe…am sure my little one would love it. I have never used malted milk bars in any recipe…looks fantastic. Great picture of your dad n you:)


37 Suzanne June 23, 2012

I love this bark, my Dad was and is a chocolate malt guy too so he would love these!



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