Chocolate Malt Crispy Bars Recipe
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Chocolate Malt Crispy Bars Recipe

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This chunky, chewy square is a feast for your eyes. Malted milk flavor coats this bar from top to bottom. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 cups malted milk balls, divided
  • 1 package (10 ounces) large marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup malted milk powder, divided
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 256 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Chop 1 cup malted milk balls; set aside. In a Dutch oven, combine marshmallows and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; stir in the cereal, 3/4 cup malt powder and chopped candy. Press into a greased 13x9-in. pan.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in remaining malt powder. Spread over cereal bars. Sprinkle with remaining malted milk balls; press into chocolate. Let stand until set. Using a serrated knife, cut into squares. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Malt Crispy Bars in Taste of Home August/September 2009, p51

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SweetPea3-0 User ID: 7993148 224449
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"I have made these twice now, and they turned out great both times. I read the reviews before I made them, and I saw that some people had trouble with the malt balls staying in place. I pressed down pretty hard, so they not only sank down in the chocolate, but in the bars as well. I did not have any problems when I cut them, the malt balls stayed in place. The first time I made them as the recipe says, the second time I used mini robin eggs on top and took them to a relative's house for Easter. There were no leftovers! Thank you for the recipe, it's a keeper!"

beckiboo1958 User ID: 5359007 186997
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"I also had trouble with the maltballs staying on when I make them again I will either eliminate them on top or crush them and put them on top in chocolate.... most likely will just leave them off the top I don't think they were needed for flavor anyway.. They tasted awesome even without the balls on top and besides that with the balls it is alot to try to bite.....BE SURE TO STORE THEM IN A COVERED CONTAINER OR THEY WILL TURN ROCK HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

kolega7 User ID: 2068162 126319
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"I love this recipe. The only problem I had was keeping the malt balls on! When I went to cut it they went flying all over the place and I did push them down into the chocolate. I was going to take these to a party but it looked so bad I didn't. Next time I'm going to melt the malt balls into the chocolate or stir them into the cereal. Anyone else have this problem?"

smfeldner User ID: 3400556 145127
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"I used bittersweet chocolate (in place of the semisweet) and thought the overall sweetness of the bars was just right."

creo6746 User ID: 478690 126315
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2009

"These are very good, but they are VERY sweet. Make sure you have a glass of milk on hand!"

dneuensc User ID: 2512831 145126
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"Maybe things are different in grocery stores up there, but malted milk powder can be found in virtually every grocery store down here in the states..."

sweetsugarygoodness User ID: 4361597 183450
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2009

"i live in alberta and get "Ovaltine" at safeway. it comes in chocolate malt and malt. i bet you could find it at the superstore or a wal-mart grocery store too. good luck."

alaskahockey User ID: 4360356 172190
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"trkkfrey: I used Ovaltine powdered malt mix and the recipe turned out great. (It comes in chocolate malt and just plain malt) ~ Do you know if they sell that where you live?"

trkkfrey User ID: 4207450 172189
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"Can someone tell me where I can purchase Maled milk powder in Canada?"

lgatewood User ID: 1920882 117860
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"A great twist on Crispy Bars! Everyone loved them. Lynn G."

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