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What Are Malted Milk Balls?

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What are malted milk balls and how are they made? Find out today!

Do you adore the classic chocolate flavor of malted milk balls? But what makes them have such a unique texture and taste, and how long has this candy been around? These interesting sweets have been popular among people of all ages since at least the 1930s. The process of making malted milk balls may be complicated, but enjoying them never is. If you enjoy the malted milk balls available at Wockenfuss Candies, learn a little more about how these confections are created and what it is about them that makes for such a unique experience. 

How Are Malted Milk Balls Made?

Malted milk balls are the delicious result of a chemical process called “malting.” Malting takes place when barley grains are left to germinate, altering the sugar composition of the grain and producing a unique sweet flavor. The grain is dried, ground up, and then mixed with wheat flour and powdered milk to create malt powder. Confectioners then mix this powder with a sweet syrup and cover the creation in chocolate to create the light-as-air, crunchy malted milk balls we know and love. 

Malted Milk Balls: Some Fun Facts

Candy historians date the popularity of malted milk balls to the 1930s, and the recipe hasn’t changed much since then. If you adore these treats, here are some more fun facts that you may not have known about your favorite candy: 

  • The first candies made with malt powder were introduced in the 1930s, but malt powder by itself was invented in the 1880s – and originally intended as a health food ingredient! 
  • The first mass-market malted milk balls were maltesers from the Mars company, which were invented and sold in England.
  • The most well-known brand of American malted milk balls, Whoppers, was first called Giants when introduced in 1939. 
  • Malted milk balls are often sold in milk carton packages. This is a reference to one of their central ingredients, powdered milk. 
  • Not all malt balls are round! Hershey’s and other brands sell egg-shaped malt balls for Easter. 
  • You can also find malt balls coated with strawberry, peanut butter, and other flavors – not just chocolate. 

Find the Best Malted Milk Balls at Wockenfuss

If you want the taste of light yet crunchy malted milk balls, visit Wockenfuss to try our delectable varieties coated in rich milk or dark chocolate. The layer of chocolate is thick and perfectly designed to melt in your mouth as you reach the inner malted center. If you want that fizzy, sweet feeling that malted milk balls can provide, be sure to visit your local Wockenfuss for the freshest and sweetest chocolate confections. Try our other Chocolate Specialties, all made with the high-quality attention to detail that the best confectioners offer. 

A Wide Selection of Delicious Treats from Wockenfuss Candies

Head to and browse our wide selection of chocolates and candies; we promise you won’t be disappointed! Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. We opened our doors in 1915 and have proudly served the people of Baltimore ever since. If you have any questions about our wide selection of chocolates, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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