Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Malt Ice Cream

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Hurry, make this homemade Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Malt Ice Cream before summer ends! 

toasted marshmallow brownie malt ice cream scoop on a sugar cone with a hand holding the cone

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.

toasting marshmallows on a baking sheet

How to make Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Malt Ice Cream:

Instead of marshmallow syrup, I use real marshmallows.  And I toast them, of course!  YUM.

melting toasted marshmallows into an ice cream base for ice cream

After they are toasted, I melt them into the ice cream base with malt powder mixed in too.  Like any good ice cream base, you need to chill it for quite some time until it is really, really cold.  I chill mine overnight.  And then I try very hard not to drink it with a straw before I pour it into my ice cream maker.  That’s how good it is!!

toasted marshmallow brownie malt ice cream scoop on a sugar cone with backyard in the background

When you’re toward the end of churning it in your ice cream maker, you toss in crumbled bits of baked brownies.  I just make an easy boxed mix and crumble those.  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.

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Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Malt Ice Cream

The best ice cream flavor ever!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Servings 8 servings
Calories 668kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie, Ice Cream, malt, marshmallow, toasted


  • 32 large marshmallows
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 cups half and half cream
  • 1/2 cup malt powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups brownie pieces (see Recipe Notes below)



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


  • 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 at least 8 hours.


  • 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.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 668kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 182mg | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 1106IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 2mg


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  • Brad wrote:

    Made this one this weekend with my daughter, it was our first attempt at making iced cream and it turned out really delicious! I couldn’t find malt powder at my local grocery store so I ended up grabbing a box of whoppers and mashing them into powder, not sure if this had the same effect but it was still delicious.

  • Maria Flores wrote:

    Cuál es el polvo de Malta que puedo usar para el helado

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      What is malt powder? It’s a powder that is found (in the USA) in a regular grocery store. It’s what is used when making a an ice cream malt (like a milkshake).

  • jen wrote:

    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!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      so glad you love this one!

  • Sarah wrote:

    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!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      happy to hear you enjoyed both!

  • amanda wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Happy to hear!

  • Tammy wrote:

    This looks so heavenly! Thank you for sharing!

  • Matea wrote:

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

  • Karen E wrote:

    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.