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Malt / Ovaltine thoughts

Ida Red | Jul 1, 2006 08:00 AM

I was playing around with ovaltine tonight.
A few weeks ago, some dear Chowhound posted an intriguing recipe for a malted cheesecake, that I shopped and prepared for, and wanted badly to make, but it hasn't happened like that yet.
So now I have Ovaltine in my cupboard, which is malt to my best knowledge, and I'm kind of facinated by the taste.
What is malt, and is there better malt than Ovaltine out there?
The Ovaltine is interesting taste, but then it has this lingering backtaste that I associate with super-packaged artificial supermarket shelf products, (not to mention it's way too sweet, which is why I mixed it with butter and unsweetened chocolate)
I recall a JamaicanAmerican friend of mine waxing poetic about a Guiness/malt drink she enjoyed as a kid, and her sister craved anything malt during her own pregnancy.
So what is malt, where do you get it, and did any of you grow up with it? Any malt recipes? and where is malt going, because even those Ovaltine jars are hard to find.

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