Malted Black & White Milkshake

July  5, 2018
10 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Makes 1 1/4 cup syrup + 2 milkshakes
Author Notes

Think of a black and white milkshake as the halfway between vanilla and chocolate. Making your own syrup makes all the difference. It’s easy as can be and keeps well in the fridge. Stir into hot coffee. Drizzle on gelato. Set out with strawberries. Or blend with vanilla ice cream and malt powder for this classic frosty treat. —Emma Laperruque

What You'll Need
  • For the chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup coffee, any temperature
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the black & white milkshakes
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons malted milk powder
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  1. For the chocolate syrup
  2. Combine the coffee and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar, then whisk in the cocoa powder and salt. Whisk until completely smooth and thick enough to completely coat your spoon—this should only take a few minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Chill completely before using for the milkshakes.
  1. For the black & white milkshakes
  2. Before you’re ready to get started, stick the glasses you’ll be using in the freezer. (Or don’t, but it’ll help keep that shake extra frosty.)
  3. Add the milk, chocolate syrup, ice cream, malted milk powder, and salt to a blender. Blend just until smooth.
  4. Drizzle a bit of chocolate syrup in the bottom of the glasses. Add some milkshake. Drizzle some chocolate syrup. Add some milkshake. Repeat this until you’ve used all the milkshake.
  5. Drink with a straw—that’s required!

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Emma was the food editor at Food52. She created the award-winning column, Big Little Recipes, and turned it into a cookbook in 2021. These days, she's a senior editor at Bon Appétit, leading digital cooking coverage. Say hello on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.

2 Reviews

FrugalCat November 3, 2018
Homemade chocolate sauce really escalates this to new levels. I find a scant teaspoon of malt powder is plenty for the shake.
RC L. July 8, 2018
I love a chocolate shake made with butter pecan ice cream. At the bottom of the glass you get to enjoy the last of the pecans in chocolate syrup. A great finish to the shake!