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What is a Malt Cup?

A malt cup is a nostalgic treat, blending rich ice cream with malted milk powder for a creamy, slightly nutty flavor. This classic dessert, often served in a tall glass with a spoon-straw, evokes memories of vintage diners and sweet indulgence. Curious about its origins or how to craft the perfect malt at home? Let's delve into the delicious world of malt cups together.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Malt cups are durable devices that are routinely used in the preparation of many types of cold treats at local soda and yogurt shops, fast food restaurants, and tasty chilled alcoholic beverages. Along with use in commercial food establishments, the malt cup is also used in many homes to prepare treats for the entire family.

While there are several different types of malt cups on the market today, most cups are made with stainless steel. The steel malt cup is ideal for use in restaurants and similar establishments, since the cup is easy to clean and is impervious to stains from fruits and other ingredients used in the creation of smoothies, daiquiris, and malted milkshakes. Just about every malt machine produced today is sold with one or two different sizes of malt cups included in the package.

Malt powder can be used in a drink prepared in a malt cup.
Malt powder can be used in a drink prepared in a malt cup.

A bar malt cup may be used with a malt machine or with some type of handheld mixing device. Available in several sizes, cups of this type are ideal for combining fruits, juices, crushed ice, and some type of alcohol to create a frosty mixed drink. It is not unusual for a bar to use cups that are more or less the same size as single and double drinks offered by the establishment.

Malt cups may be used to mix drinks at a coffee house before they are served to the customer.
Malt cups may be used to mix drinks at a coffee house before they are served to the customer.

Coffee houses are another example of businesses that make use of malt cups. The cups are ideal for making mixed coffees and teas quickly and easily, making it possible to produce quality beverages in a short period of time. This can be especially important when there are several customers waiting to receive their orders.

Around the house, a malt cup may be utilized with a home machine for malts or with a personal hand mixer. It is not unusual for individuals to use a malt cup to prepare smoothies from juices, milk, malt powders, and fresh fruit for a nutritious and quick snack or breakfast. Cups for home use are sometimes constructed with a colorful coating over the stainless steel, making it possible to serve the prepared smoothie without having to transfer the drink to another container. Because the cups are made of stainless steel, they are can easily be washed by hand or in a dishwasher.

It is possible to purchase the cups in several different retail establishments. Restaurant supply houses are good sources for malt cup sets that contain four or more different sizes in the set. Discount retail stores that sell malted machines for home use often carry a selection of individual cups to go along with the starter cups included with the machine. High-end kitchen shops often carry malt cups that are designed for use with both hot and cold beverage preparation. Prices vary according to size and the quality of the materials used to make the cups.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including DelightedCooking, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including DelightedCooking, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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    • Malt powder can be used in a drink prepared in a malt cup.
      By: Orlando Bellini
      Malt powder can be used in a drink prepared in a malt cup.
    • Malt cups may be used to mix drinks at a coffee house before they are served to the customer.
      By: michaeljung
      Malt cups may be used to mix drinks at a coffee house before they are served to the customer.