Group of Maltesers on a white background

Maltesers are simply malted milk balls coated in chocolate. On the U.S. side of the pond, they are known as Whoppers. While there are some subtle differences between the two, they are essentially the same sweet candy. Whether you call them Maltesers or Whoppers, you can make them at home with three ingredients.

Put the white chocolate into a microwave safe bowl.

Heat on high for 3 minutes, stirring after every 30 seconds. The white chocolate should be completely melted and smooth.

Pour the malted milk powder into the melted white chocolate until a stiff dough forms. You might need to use more malted milk powder than you used white chocolate to get the right consistency. The exact amount will depend on the humidity of your kitchen and the moisture content in the white chocolate.

Pinch off bits of the malt ball dough and roll them into 1/4- to 1/2-inch balls. Set these aside on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Place the baking sheet in the freezer to chill the balls.

Place the chocolate for coating into another microwave safe bowl and melt on high for 3 minutes. Stop every 30 seconds to stir the chocolate. It should be smooth and completely melted.

Remove the baking sheet with the malt balls from the freezer.

Dip each of the malt balls into the melted chocolate, rolling around to coat all sides.

Lift each coated malt ball from the chocolate with the fork and place on wax paper to cool and harden. Repeat until all the malt balls have been dipped.

Serve once the chocolate has cooled and become hard. Store the leftovers in an airtight container at 75 degrees or below. If your kitchen is usually warmer, store them in the refrigerator.


  • For an extra chocolaty treat, use chocolate-flavored malted milk powder, such as chocolate Ovaltine.

  • Malted milk powder can be found next to the breakfast drink mixes or with the powdered milk. You might even find it on the international foods aisle with the British groceries.