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Toasted Marshmallow- Brownie Malt Ice Cream

Hurry, make some homemade ice cream before summer ends!  Make this one! >> Toasted Marshmallow- Brownie Malt Ice Cream

Toasted Marshmallow- Brownie Ice Cream

I’ve mentioned this story in my cookbook- oh yeah, I have a cookbook!  The Recipe Girl Cookbook, which you can still purchase on Amazon if you haven’t gotten around to buying it yet!   But I’ll mention it again for you all (and then you can go buy my cookbook!)  My very first job was in a cute little place called, The Penguin in Carson City, Nevada.  It was one of those burger and frosty kind of places that you see when you’re driving through a small town.  I made $2.85/hour and I started working there when I was only 15.  It was the best job ever because I got to eat endless amounts of ice cream, burgers and fries galore, and I had frequent visitors from friends.  I wonder why??   My very favorite thing to make at The Penguin was a marshmallow malt.  Soft serve ice cream + marshmallow syrup + malt powder + milk = THE BEST!!!  This ice cream is a tribute to my favorite malt from The Penguin.

Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Ice Cream 1

Instead of marshmallow syrup, I used real marshmallows.  And I toasted them, of course!  YUM.

Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Ice Cream 2

After they were toasted, I melted them into the ice cream base with malt powder mixed in too.  After you do that, like any good ice cream base… you need to chill it for quite some time until it is really, really cold.  I chilled mine overnight.  And then I tried very hard not to drink it with a straw before I poured it into my ice cream maker.  That’s how good it is!!

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When you’re toward the end of churning it in your ice cream maker, you toss in crumbled bits of baked brownies.  I just made an easy boxed mix and crumbled from there.  And there you go- the best ice cream flavor ever!

Sadly, The Penguin closed many years back.  The owners were ready to retire, and the gas station next door bought the land to expand the parking lot.  I drove by the other day though, and you know what??  It’s an empty lot.  The gas station tore down the building but never utilized the land.  The Penguin could have remained open and made people happy for many more years.  Bummer.

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 min + chill and processing time

Cook Time: 10 min

Toasted Marshmallow- Brownie Malt Ice Cream

I absolutely love this malted version, but you can leave the malt out if you wish.


32 regular-sized marshmallows
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups half and half
1/2 cup malt powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 cups brownie pieces (see *Tips below)


1. Place a rack in the center of your oven, and preheat your oven to broil. Place marshmallows on a baking sheet. Broil the marshmallows for 1 to 2 minutes, just until they begin to brown and puff (see the photo above). Remove them from the oven and set them aside.

2. In a large saucepan, heat the whipping cream and half-and-half over medium heat. Once the mixture is warm, add the toasted marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows are melted. Whisk in the malt powder, vanilla and salt and stir until the malt is dissolved. Remove the pan from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Transfer the ice cream base to a covered plastic container and chill for 24 hours.

3. Remove the ice cream base from the refrigerator and give it a few whisks to reincorporate the ingredients. Resist the temptation to grab a straw right then and there and start sipping (because it's delicious!!) Follow your ice cream machine manufacturer's instructions for processing the ice cream. It usually takes 25 to 30 minutes for the ice cream to become creamy and frozen. Add in the brownie pieces just before you're about to turn off the machine, and let the machine mix them in for about a minute. Scrape the ice cream into a freezer-safe container and freeze for several hours, or until the ice cream is firm enough to eat. The ice cream will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.


*For brownie pieces, I like to just make a package of box brownies from the store and crumble pieces from there. You'll use up about half a recipe.
*Most ice cream machines ask that you freeze the insert for 24 hours prior to processing your ice cream. This is what I recommend too.



29 Responses to “Toasted Marshmallow- Brownie Malt Ice Cream”

  1. postedSep 11, 2014 3:26 AM

    The flavours of this ice cream sound fantastic!

  2. postedSep 11, 2014 3:33 AM

    I want all those marshmallows! This looks fabulous and your manicure is perfect! Pinned 🙂

  3. postedSep 11, 2014 4:30 AM

    This flavor combination has got to be amazing for ice cream. Now I’m feeling like I NEED an ice cream maker…hopefully my wife will agree 🙂

  4. postedSep 11, 2014 5:39 AM

    I remember my first job so fondly (smoothie shop), and it’s closed now too. I still make some of the smoothie recipes. Yay for celebrating the end of summer, and malt flavor is wonderful (and under-appreciated too!)

  5. postedSep 11, 2014 7:16 AM

    OH MY WORD! Lori – this is divine!!! YUM!!!!!!!!!

  6. postedSep 11, 2014 8:20 AM

    Oh wow, it doesn’t have to be hot outside for me to want this ice cream! One of my favorite ice creams I’ve veer made was malted vanilla with brownie chunks. Another happened to me s’mores. So I would die at the first taste of this haha

  7. postedSep 11, 2014 8:58 AM

    This looks seriously amazing!!

  8. postedSep 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    I have this recipe bookmarked in your cookbook! Time to make it! Pinned!

  9. postedSep 11, 2014 11:32 AM

    Oh my goodness- this looks FANTASTIC!!

  10. postedSep 11, 2014 1:19 PM

    Love the toasted marshmallows in this ice cream!

  11. postedSep 11, 2014 2:50 PM

    Oh my gosh! I love fall, but I’ll never want summer to end with this ice cream. Looks heavenly!!

  12. postedSep 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    I may be ready for fall, but this ice cream is just what the doctor ordered for this hot weekend

  13. postedSep 11, 2014 8:35 PM

    I’m so excited – I just bought a new ice cream maker today because my last one stopped working. I totally need to try this!!

  14. postedSep 12, 2014 6:10 AM

    Fabulous girl!!

  15. postedSep 12, 2014 10:09 AM

    Seriously makes me want to lick the screen!

  16. postedSep 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    I need this in my life.

  17. postedSep 12, 2014 11:49 PM

    I`ve heard of the delicious toasted marshmallow ice cream. But, wow, brownie malt version? Must be to-die for!

  18. postedSep 13, 2014 12:41 PM

    This looks so good! Made mix is in the fridge, and brownies are on the counter (is becoming very hard not to eat while the mix cools). I did not put the malt flavor in as my kids aren’t really into malt. Sad for me, but I am sure will turn out delicious! Will post an update after we try!

  19. postedSep 13, 2014 1:34 PM

    Oh my gosh I wish I had a big scoop of this! I love the flavors in this ice cream! It’s a bummer when a place that holds so many memories for you closes down 🙁 I love this ice cream tribute – it looks absolutely incredible!

  20. postedSep 13, 2014 7:17 PM

    The perfect summer job and the perfect end of summer treat!!! This looks soooo good!!

  21. postedSep 14, 2014 2:46 PM

    Why can’t we be neighbors. Then you could just hand me over a bowl of this delicious ice cream. I’ll have to try this one. Looks delish.

  22. postedSep 15, 2014 1:53 PM

    Honestly, there’s no rush with the ice cream for me: I’ll eat ice cream in the dead of winter when I can!

  23. postedSep 16, 2014 12:34 PM

    This looks so heavenly! Thank you for sharing!

  24. postedJan 3, 2015 4:57 AM

    Just made this and it is beyond amazing, thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • postedJan 4, 2015 9:20 AM

      Happy to hear!

  25. postedJun 15, 2015 12:22 PM

    I just got done making this, along with your ‘Fresh Peach Cake’ and I have to say they are a wonderful combination together. I put a scoop of this on the side while the cake was warm and it is to die for! The ice cream is so simple, and easy to make. The only down side was I used a entire bag of jumbo marshmallows instead of the recommended amount….and it’s too sweet. But that’s alright, i’ll still eat it!

    • postedJun 16, 2015 9:57 AM

      happy to hear you enjoyed both!

  26. postedAug 8, 2015 10:25 PM

    I figured I should surely come back to post 🙂 I’ve made this several times this summer, as written, and otherwise, and it is hands down one of the best homemade ice cream recipes I’ve made. I’ve done no brownie, no malt, just marshmallow, and with Rice Krispies….tomorrow I’m doing hold the brownie and malt powder and add cookie butter. This has become my tried and true! Thanks so, so much!!

    • postedAug 11, 2015 7:51 PM

      so glad you love this one!

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