The Grand Canyon was great. It really, truly was. Mind boggling, majestic, picturesque… all of that.
But it’s not the Grand Canyon that I’ve been dreaming about since we got home. It’s the chocolate malt from Twister’s 50’s Soda Fountain. I’m a total sucker for nostalgia, and the town of William’s, AZ was right up my alley. The main drag is an homage to the Route 66 glory days, complete with poodle skirts and James Dean posters and, of course, an authentic soda fountain.
We were headed back to our bed and breakfast when we saw the sign for Twister’s, and my husband (bless him for knowing me so very well) yanked the wheel hard, crossed two lanes of traffic, slammed on the brakes and whirled into the parking lot. He was rewarded with a strawberry freeze (strawberry ice cream blended with lemon-lime soda). The freeze was lovely, but there is nothing better than a rich, sweet malt. Dusty and sweaty from our walk at the canyon, we lounged at the outdoor chrome-top tables, enjoying the sunset and our frosty treats.
And the minute we got home I sent Jeff off to the store for malt powder. And straws. You can’t have a shake or malt without a fun straw. Unless you enjoy your malt from a shot glass. Yep, a shot glass. Little milkshake shooters served with a big plate of cookies make for a pretty awesome dinner party dessert. Your friends will swoon. And if you go for half chocolate shooters and half vanilla (use regular malt powder, skip the chocolate syrup and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract) you’ll please every last picky guest.
Old-Fashioned Chocolate Malt
Makes two big servings (or about two dozen shooters)
2 cups vanilla ice cream
2 cups milk
1/8 cup chocolate malt powder
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
1 ounce dark chocolate
Combine ice cream, milk, malt powder and syrup in a blender and whir until well blended. Pour the chocolate malts into two big cups. Grate the dark chocolate over the top of each malt. Serve with straws.