Regional variations on food names still catches me off-guard. When I order a hot fudge malt in Kansas, they know what I'm talking about. Around here (NJ), it's a black & white, and nobody seems to know what a "malt" is. I order a "black & white malt" and they ask if I want a shake, I say "yeah, can I get it malted?" and they're like "sure". But you didn't understand what I wanted when I said I wanted a malt?
I know "malt" is short for "malted milkshake" but I thought it was a universal term.


The important take-away here is: I still do not know how to order this beverage at my local ice cream shop. I have stumbled through this exchange 3 times without figuring out what they want me to say.

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