Chocolate Malted Pudding

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This Chocolate Malted Pudding comes together super fast using Ovaltine, Cool Whip, and Jell-O instant pudding. It’s a retro dessert your family will love!

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This is one of those posts I’ve been meaning to share with you since February. Yes, I said February. I made this, along with my Banana Split Cupcakes, Crumb Apple Pie, and Rocky Road Pudding Cookies, for my mom’s 60th birthday party five months ago…and I never shared it.

Shame on me!

I also never shared details from her retro 50s diner themed party. Double shame! That’s still on my list of to-dos!

This pudding was a huge hit at the party. I was a little shocked, really. I mean it was the easiest dessert to put together, and it was just…pudding. But OMG everyone loved it. I kept getting asked for the recipe. So now, here I am, a mere 5 months later, sharing it.

Shame. Just shame on me!

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When I was a kid, I loved Ovaltine. I used to drink it all the time. I remember the one time I got grounded (yes, I only got grounded once) it wasn’t from watching TV or playing with my friends. Nope – my mom took my Ovaltine away for a whole week. I was crushed.

Obviously, the punishment worked, since I was never grounded again. That, or I was just a spoiled only child whose parents didn’t have the heart to discipline me. Whatever you prefer. πŸ˜‰

When I was brainstorming desserts for my mom’s party, I wanted retro, old-school flavors. I immediately thought of chocolate malts. I mean, from what I’ve seen in movies, a chocolate malt was the bees knees in old diners back in the day. So I turned the chocolate malt idea into a pudding.

This recipe is so easy – it comes together quick using Jell-O instant pudding mix and Cool Whip infused with Ovaltine. You layer the pudding/Ovaltine mixture on the bottom and the Cool Whip/Ovaltine mixture on the top. Easy peasy!

Since this was for a party, I made little serving sizes. I found these party sized serving cups and mini spoons at Party City. You can find the straws everywhere now, online and in craft stores. Heck, even my grocery store has them!

If you’re just serving this to your family, you can use regular pudding dishes, or even a trifle dish or large bowl. Adapt it to suit your needs!

Also, I made my pudding *almost* sugar-free (Ovaltine is not). You can use sugar-free or regular ingredients, whichever you prefer!

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This is the perfect retro dessert. Or a current dessert, since malt flavor is all the rage right now. Whatever – your family will love it just like mine did!

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Chocolate Malted Pudding

It's a chocolate malt in a pudding! Chocolate Malted Pudding is a retro treat your family will love!
Author Dorothy Kern


For the pudding:

  • 2 small boxes instant chocolate pudding regular is 3.4 oz or sugar-free is 1 ounce
  • 4 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 cup Ovaltine powder

For the topping:

  • 8 ounces whipped topping regular or sugar-free, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Ovaltine powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • About 24 Whopper candies


  1. Whisk pudding and milk in a large bowl. Once the pudding powder begins to dissolve, whisk in the Ovaltine until no lumps remain.
  2. Chill until set, about 5-10 minutes. Divide amongst serving dishes. I used 24 mini cups from the party store, but you can use whatever size you’d like!
  3. Stir Ovaltine and vanilla into whipped topping until no lumps remain.
  4. Spoon evenly over pudding in serving dishes. Top with a Whopper candy. Chill until ready to serve.

Other retro treats you might like:

Banana Split Cupcakes


Rocky Road Nutella Pudding Cookies

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Sweets from friends:
Simple Chocolate Mousse by Something Swanky
Chewy Malt Ball Cookies by Shugary Sweets
Heath Bar Brownie Trifle by Mom on Timeout

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  1. love malted ANYTHING! It needs to make a comeback:)

  2. This is such a cute dessert! So easy and no bake!

  3. LOL! I can’t believe you go you chocolate mik taken away. That is too funny and cruel!

    I love pudding of any kind and this sounds awesome!

  4. OMG how cute are these?? I love the retro feel and how simple they are to whip up!

  5. A 50’s diner theme sounds SO fun! Your presentation is beautiful too πŸ™‚ I hope you will share more party pictures!

    This pudding sounds so delish – and works perfectly with the theme! πŸ™‚

  6. My kids love ovaltine! Those pudding cups look delicious, what a fun dessert to serve to a crowd! I have a couple recipes from last fall that I still haven’t shared. At this point I might as well remake them and retake photos, LOL.

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  8. Yummy! My husband would love these! He loves “malted” anything!

  9. I love malt flavored anything and everything.

  10. Huge fan of malt!!! The pudding looks divine!! Presentation is also super cute!

  11. I’ver never had Ovaltine before! We only drank milk, OJ, or Caprisuns — rarely anything sweet. But boy do I love pudding, and this summer heat is the perfect time to make it! Looks delicious Dorothy! πŸ™‚

  12. I love pudding! It seems like there’s never enough of it. I always get excited when I find myself in a college cafeteria with chocolate pudding in the fridge, I always have to stop myself from taking two. I’d love to try this.

  13. I didn’t know you were and Jorden are both only children! Ummm . . . I get why this was such a hit! It is absolutely adorable and looks super yummy! I want to take 10 of those little cups somewhere and hide πŸ™‚

  14. That party sounds awesome! So does this pudding πŸ˜‰

  15. That looks absolutely stunning and I bet it tastes great !

  16. I love anything with malt and these look and sound so good! Right up my alley too — quick and easy!

  17. These were great along with all all of the other desserts that day. Great party!
    Thanks again, Mean Mom…lol

  18. oh how i adored Ovaltine! and so did my mom so these are a perfect treat πŸ™‚

  19. We love Ovaltine! And how adorable are these?!!

  20. Can’t believe you were able to keep this from us for so long! Love malted flavored desserts and since this is so easy, I could see myself making this all the time!

  21. Yay, I love cute retro desserts!! Ovaltine was one of my favorite drinks! I can’t wait to hear all the details about your mom’s party!!

  22. Such a pretty looking desserts. Yes, it’s always surprising that the simplest of them makes an impression.

  23. Dorothy – these are so stickin’ cute! And I LOVE malt!

  24. These sound amazing and they look SO cute!

  25. I go to Vegas, and look what I missed…LOVE malted – this looks unbelievable Dorothy

  26. What a fun little dessert! So pretty!

  27. So cute and so delicious! My family loves the malted flavor so I’ve go to try making something with it!

  28. I love malt desserts. So easy.

    Ha.. I have often had quite delayed posts.

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  30. These look so yummy and it’s such a cute way to assemble them! Love it!

  31. This looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  32. Hi Dorothy
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe, i love Ovaltine as well! Wonder if i can use whipped cream instead of whipped topping? Do i need to whisk it if i use whipped cream?
    Thank u πŸ™‚

    • Hi Pam! You can totally sub freshly whipped cream, but careful when you fold it in so it doesn’t collapse. It may not last as long as with the Cool Whip (whipped cream tends to break down after awhile in the refrigerator) so I’d make it shortly before serving. Let me know how it works out! Enjoy!

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