Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Karen Shinto
YieldsServes 12 to 14

Crunchy malted milk balls line the bottom of this creamy chocolate malt ice cream pie and a layer of dark chocolate frosting tops it off, along with a pouf of whipped cream and more malted milk balls. Overkill or pure summer joy? You be the judge.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Arrange a tight layer of malted milk balls (3 cups) over crust. Stir ice cream with cocoa powder and malted milk powder until smooth. Spoon into crust, set on a plate, and freeze 5 hours.

Step 2
2

Heat 1/2 cup cream meanwhile until simmering. Put chocolate in a small metal bowl, pour in cream, and let sit until chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let cool completely.

Step 3
3

Smooth chocolate ganache over top of pie and freeze until set, about 15 minutes.

Step 4
4

Whip remaining 1/2 cup cream and swirl onto pie. Chop some malted milk balls and drop onto pie; add a few whole balls. Remove rim and serve immediately.

Step 5
5

*Malted milk powder is made from milk, barley malt, and wheat; don't confuse it with Ovaltine, which has other ingredients added. Find it next to the chocolate milk powder in well-stocked grocery stores.

Step 6
6

More pie tips:

Step 7
7

Let the pie soften for 5 minutes at room temp to make slicing easier.

Step 8
8

If you're having trouble freeing your pie from its pan, set it over a bowl of hot water for a couple of minutes and then slide a thin knife between the pan edge and the crust. It should pop right out.

Step 9
9

Make ahead: Once the pie is fully frozen through step 3, it keeps for up to 4 days, double-wrapped in plastic wrap. Top it just before serving.

Ingredients

 3 1/2 cups malted milk balls, divided
 1 3/4 qts. vanilla ice cream, softened until easily spoonable
 3 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
 1 1/2 cups malted milk powder*
 1 cup whipping cream, divided
 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions

Step 1
1

Arrange a tight layer of malted milk balls (3 cups) over crust. Stir ice cream with cocoa powder and malted milk powder until smooth. Spoon into crust, set on a plate, and freeze 5 hours.

Step 2
2

Heat 1/2 cup cream meanwhile until simmering. Put chocolate in a small metal bowl, pour in cream, and let sit until chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let cool completely.

Step 3
3

Smooth chocolate ganache over top of pie and freeze until set, about 15 minutes.

Step 4
4

Whip remaining 1/2 cup cream and swirl onto pie. Chop some malted milk balls and drop onto pie; add a few whole balls. Remove rim and serve immediately.

Step 5
5

*Malted milk powder is made from milk, barley malt, and wheat; don't confuse it with Ovaltine, which has other ingredients added. Find it next to the chocolate milk powder in well-stocked grocery stores.

Step 6
6

More pie tips:

Step 7
7

Let the pie soften for 5 minutes at room temp to make slicing easier.

Step 8
8

If you're having trouble freeing your pie from its pan, set it over a bowl of hot water for a couple of minutes and then slide a thin knife between the pan edge and the crust. It should pop right out.

Step 9
9

Make ahead: Once the pie is fully frozen through step 3, it keeps for up to 4 days, double-wrapped in plastic wrap. Top it just before serving.

Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream Pie