Malted Milkshakes with Homemade Pumpkin Caramel

An old fashioned malt milkshake with a homemade pumpkin caramel sauce.


Milkshakes are probably one of the first recipes that kids learn to master. No cooking required and it involves scoops of ice cream, duh! Milkshakes are basically milk blended with ice cream, so it is a white canvas for infinite flavor combinations. Malted milkshakes seems to have lost the popularity these days. Malted milk powder can be found in the baking aisle of your supermarket. So, let’s recreate this old soda fountain favorite but with pumpkin caramel drizzled all over, YUM!


Homemade caramel is much easier than you might think and no caramel from a jar can come remotely close to the homemade version. This is just a basic caramel recipe with the additional pumpkin. If you wish not to avoid pumpkin, then just omit the pumpkin and proceed with the same recipe. There are few important pointers to keep in mind while making caramel-

– use a large saucepan, the caramel will boil over vigorously when we add the cream

– Add butter as soon it gets a light amber color. Caramel tends to get bitter when cooked for longer period of time.

– Caramel will thicken as it cools. Pop the bowl in the microwave for a few seconds to get it to a flowing consistency.



Malted Milkshakes with Homemade Pumpkin Caramel


Homemade pumpkin caramel

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 tablepoons  canned pumpkin puree

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Malted milkshake

1 cup milk

3 regular scoops vanilla ice cream

3 tablepoons malted milk powder

Additional ingredients

whipped cream, to serve

malted milk balls, to garnish (optional)


To make homemade pumpkin caramel,

Heat sugar in a stainless steel large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sugar will melt and then turn into a light amber color (stir often).

As soon it gets an amber color, stir in the butter. As soon as all the butter is melted, add heavy cream (the mixture will boil vigorously and then subside).

Take pan off heat and then stir in the pumpkin puree, salt and vanilla extract.

Transfer caramel into a different container or a bowl and let cool completely.

To make malted milkshake,

Combine milk, ice cream, malted milk powder and 2 tablepoons pumpkin caramel in a blender, blend until smooth.

Pour into a tall glass, top with whipped cream, additional pumpkin caramel and a malted milk ball.

Serve immediately.

Makes 1 drink




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