Chocolate Malt Truffles ~ @SavorySimple #recipe

I was so tempted to call these chocolate malt truffles “Chocolate Malty Balls” but I wasn’t sure if everyone would get the joke. I’m referring to a South Park episode that aired around 15 years ago while I was in college. I sort of assume that’s a classic but I wonder sometimes if I’m not starting to show my age with certain references. Not that I’m old. But you know.

I was never a big fan of South Park and couldn’t tell you the last time I watched an episode. But I still remember when the show was young and I could not believe some of the stuff they were getting away with. I clearly remember watching the chocolate salty balls episode with friends as tears streamed down my face and we all laughed hysterically at how ridiculous it was. And I guess I’m still a bit immature because it cracks me up to this day.

Ok, if you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about here’s a clip from the episode (NSF Mature People):

So anyway…

Chocolate Malt Truffles ~ @SavorySimple #recipe

You should definitely, um, put my chocolate malty balls in your mouth. Because they’re really really good. And very easy to make.

Chocolate Malt Truffles ~ @SavorySimple #recipe

I used King Arthur Flour’s Belcolade bittersweet chocolate disks but any high quality bittersweet (or semi-sweet) chocolate will work.

Chocolate Malt Truffles
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 15-30 truffles, depending on size
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons malted milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons malted milk powder
  1. Place bittersweet chocolate in a medium bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream on medium-high heat. As it begins to simmer, whisk in the malt powder until well combined. Once the cream has just come to a boil, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. With a heat proof spatula, stir until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture, also known as ganache, is combined.
  3. Allow the ganache to cool slightly, then cover the bowl with a towel and allow it to chill for several hours or overnight.
  4. Whisk together the cocoa and malt powder for the topping.
  5. Use a tablespoon to scoop out some chocolate and quickly roll it into a ball. Toss in the topping and set aside. Repeat until all of the chocolate has been used.
  6. The truffles will soften as they warm up so keep them refrigerated prior to serving.


More truffle recipes:

Taste and Tell – Eggnog Truffles
Love and Olive Oil – Cookie Dough Truffles
Annie’s Eats – Strawberry Cheesecake Truffles
Bake Your Day – Carrot Cake Truffles
Steamy Kitchen – Nutella Chocolate Truffles

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  1. I love chocolate malts, what a perfect truffle flavor!

  2. Kate@Diethood says:

    These truffles are amazing! And gorgeous!!

  3. I remember the same sense of shock when South Park first got big. I was never a huge fan, but I was definitely impressed at how fast it became (and is still) a phenomenon. I absolultely love the flavor of malt – love that it’s in both the filling and coating on these. Gorgeous photos, Jen!

  4. Love the simplicity… Can’t decide if I prefer the recipe or the images best :)

  5. These look *so* scrumptious!

  6. These look so good. Malt is one of my favorite flavors!

  7. I love Chef from South Park! To funny!!! I love your chocolate malt truffles. Where do you buy malt powder? I want ot make these for my Husband for V-day!

  8. I bet you were giggling and snorting while typing up this post!
    Your photos look really great. I can’t lie and say it looks yummy, because I really don’t care for the taste of malt, but I can truthfully say that *if* I were a fan of malt, I bet I’d be a fan of these truffles.
    Thanks, Jen!

  9. These look so delicious! The pictures are really nice as well.

  10. Um, I’ve never heard of this, but I feel like I need it in my life!!! Growing up, we made a chocolate dessert during the holidays that included malt and juice. This looks like a much better and tastier version to me!

  11. I love chocolate malt balls so I can imagine I’d love these! Thanks for linking to the carrot cake truffles too, reminds me I need to make those again!

  12. These are so pretty! I love malted anything. :)

  13. Gerry @ foodness gracious says:

    Choc malty balls do sound kinda cool, I used to watch South Park a long time ago but now I’m older :( Great recipe!!

  14. I got into South Park about a year ago at the insistence of the boyfriend. I now totally think (most of it) is hilarious. But before I’d ever seen a single episode I was filming a movie in Maine and my friend Justin (who was playing the “token black guy”) was singing the Chocolate Salty Balls song, and I’d never heard it before so I thought he was just making it up and I was dying and thinking “This guy is comedy gold!” He is comedy gold, but I did later realize that he did not write that song….when I watched South Park…ahahahahaa :P

    On another note: these truffles look DELICIOUS!

  15. I love the styling and colors in your photos, Jen! These truffles sound so decadent! Pinned!

  16. Beautiful truffles! And I would’ve totally gotten that reference :) Love it!

  17. Hahahaha I love Chef until he got all weird and scientology-y. Salty chocolate balls, yum!

    Also: malty balls sound OMG DELICIOUS. I wonder how many I could fit in my face at once…

    • Wasn’t that weird?? He got all offended that they were making fun of scientology except, like, South Park was making fun of EVERYTHING. I guess it’s important to have standards? I don’t even.

  18. South Park and Bravo’s Twin Peaks marathon are what kept me going through college! :D
    These truffles look Amazing! Your photography seems to be getting better and better with each post!

  19. Such a great flavor… sounds yummy!

  20. I remember that! It reminded me of the SNL Schweddy Balls skits. Oh, and you are brilliant, I never would have though to malt truffles, amazing.

  21. I need these chocolate malt truffles in my life, like, yesterday! So tasty!

  22. Fabulous.. and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Great post.. with SouthPark video and your terrific photos.. :-)

  23. I never got on the South Park bandwagon so I would’ve missed that one :) Anything called “truffle” is a good idea in my book – love this flavour!

  24. Haha, this post cracked me up so much! I never watched South Park, but that’s like the one thing I do know from it :) These truffles look so decadent and amazing!

  25. These look amazing Jen! Will you send me some? I love the malt flavor!

  26. Love the photos! I’ve always loved Maltesers and Whoppers and these truffles would just be 100xs better.

  27. I got it. ;) And South Park has been around for 15 years? That’s awful. I mean, I feel so old.

    When I was in 7th grade, I remember getting letters to take home to the parents concerning South Park. “Do not let your children watch this show!” and so no. Great stuff. :)

    These balls look awesome! I’m adding malted milk powder to my list of things to buy in the US. Wish I could get it here!

  28. Dying laughing at the South Park clip. That’s one of my husband and my favorite shows – total “guilty pleasure” you know? So funny and wrong at the same time. I am swooning over how gorgeous these photos are!!

  29. Jen, these look marvelous. Your photos are spectacular!

    Actually, when I saw your title, I immediately thought of Schweddy balls, the old SNL skit with Alec Baldwin. I am not the most mature person, either….laughed the whole time I was reading your post.


  30. These look fantastic – I will be making these!!

  31. Okay-I’m totally into these chocolate malt truffles- love the malted milk balls -pinning to make later;-)

  32. I vote to change the title back to “Chocolate Malty Balls” ;)

  33. I had malt powder in my hand 2 days ago at the store…but put it back b/c it was $5.99 for this big container and I literally needed 2 tbsp. Now…I wish I had bought it. Stunning!

    And your corn cookies have been everywhere! Food sites, pinterest, etc.. Nice job on those!

  34. They look fantastic! After we watched a rerun of that episode a while back my husband actually suggested that I make chocolate salty balls! :P

  35. Gosh these sound so incredible addicting!

  36. You are a genius for coming up with these!

  37. It sure is truffle season, and these look great Jen!

  38. ashley - baker by nature says:

    So decadent and pretty… I want THESE for Valentine’s Day!

  39. These look so good! I could definitely go for some of these for Valentine’s Day!! (and thanks for the link love!)

  40. So I’ve never seen South Park, but I still giggled at Chocolate Malty Balls–I think the name works! These sound amazing, sassy name or no sassy name. ;)

  41. Put ‘em in your mouth and suck ‘em! I love malt flavoured anything, and yet I have no idea where to find malted milk powder. This is something I need to figure out asap, because these chocolate malty balls look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  42. I nearly burst out laughing when I read this – then I nearly had a heart attack when you said is was 15 years ago, sigh. May as well eat chocolate ;D

  43. I love the addition of malted milk powder! My husband is always asking for desserts that have malt powder in them since he is slightly obsessed with the stuff. . .now I have a new recipe! Thanks!

  44. Your truffles and your photos are beautiful! These look like they would melt in your mouth.

  45. These look so good. I love malted chocolate and truffles are always just the right size. I got your South Park reference. My son used to almost force me to watch the show with him from time to time. Even when in college he’d test me to see if I was keeping up. I would laugh so hard the entire time telling myself that my laughter was in bad taste! :-)

  46. These look so good… if it was 15 years ago, I was in college too. But back then my English wasn’t so good (still but better) and I rarely understood South Park. Maybe it’s time to watch it again. Anyway, these truffles look fabulous. They look beautiful and I bet they taste as good as they look! Your photography is so elegant!

  47. I think we`ve convinced me to make myself some truffles!

  48. This cracked me up and your recipe looks great! Nice photos.

  49. My husband loves malted milk chocolate shakes – totally making these for him! Thanks for the recipe!

  50. BAHAHAHA, Chocolate Malty Balls! I totally get the reference + you’re cracking me up. And since I love chocolate + malt, they’re totally my type of snack, too. YUM!

  51. This makes me feel old! Was that really 15 years ago? Omg was I in college 15 years ago?!?! (Yes…) where did the time go? The balls look totally delicious, btw.

  52. So I’m scrolling down & down, reading the blog, looking at the pictures, watching the South Park video & I get to the part where you mention the brand of chocolate you used, then there’s a list headed “More Truffle Recipes” & a lot of comments but no actual recipe for the truffles. So where’s the recipe?

    • Jennifer Farley says:

      Hi Judy, I recently switched recipe plugins and it looks like there was a coding error on that page. I fixed it, the recipe should appear now! Sorry about that.

  53. Ooooh … I bet these have an incredible flavour … and so easy to make, too. I love malted milk flavour!

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