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Crockpot Hot Chocolate

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Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the creamiest hot chocolate you’ll ever have, made super easy in your slow cooker with the most decadent chocolate flavor. This batch makes enough hot chocolate for the whole family so everyone can make it exactly the way they love it!

Hot Chocolate is a favorite in my house. The warm, creamy, rich chocolate drink is a comforting tradition in my family and we have it as often as possible. We like it from the package mix made in the microwave, we like it homemade on the stove, and we like it from coffee shops. I made it in the slow cooker so it’s easier than ever to have homemade Hot Chocolate!

This Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is made traditionally, but there are so many different wants to make it – try my Peppermint White Hot Chocolate for something extra festive for the holiday season!

Crockpot Hot Chocolate

You can also make these Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs so you can gift hot chocolate this season!

Crockpot Hot Chocolate

What do I need to get started?

This hot chocolate recipe comes with a recipe for two things: hot chocolate powder and slow cooker hot chocolate.

For the hot chocolate powder:

  • Dry milk powder.
  • Powdered sugar.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Salt.

For the Crockpot Hot Chocolate:

  • Hot chocolate powder.
  • Heavy whipping cream.
  • Whole milk.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate bars.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Mini marshmallows.

How to make Hot Chocolate in the Crockpot

Start with the hot cocoa powder by taking all ingredients and whisking them together. Reserve a third cup for the Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate and place the rest in an airtight container or mason jar and save for future hot chocolates.

Add the hot cocoa mix, heavy cream, whole milk, chocolate, and vanilla extract to your slow cooker pot. Whisk together until everything is well combined and evenly distributed.

Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Remove the lid and stir, ensuring the chocolate is melted. Return the lid to the slow cooker and cook for another hour, undisturbed.

After two hours, remove the pot from the slow cooker and add the mini marshmallows. Put the lid back on for another 10 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in the melted mini marshmallows.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Serve hot and enjoy.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Storage

The hot chocolate powder can be stored for up to 6 months in the pantry.

The Crockpot Hot Chocolate can be stored for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Cook on the stove to bring back to heat.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep hot chocolate warm for a crowd?

If you’re serving this hot chocolate to a party, place your slow cooker on its “warm” setting and put the pot back in so it stays warm and everyone can serve themselves.

Is hot chocolate better with milk or water?

For this recipe, I use milk and cream so the hot chocolate is extra thick and rich.

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How to Garnish

I garnished my hot chocolate in a few ways to keep them all looking unique!

  • Add caramel to a cup before pouring the hot chocolate in and mix it together. Drizzle with more caramel on top.
  • A tiny dash of peppermint extract in the cup of hot chocolate. Then top with whipped cream and candy cane bits.
  • Sprinkle on some graham cracker crumbs and drizzle on chocolate syrup along with more mini marshmallows for a s’mores hot chocolate!
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Tips and Tricks

  • Make extra hot chocolate powder so you can jar it and give it as a gift for the holiday season!
  • Replace the semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips with white chocolate chips.
  • Double the recipe for a crowd.
  • For extra sweet hot chocolate, add sweetened condensed milk to the slow cooker.
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Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the creamiest hot chocolate you'll ever have, made super easy in your slow cooker with the richest chocolate flavor. This batch makes enough hot chocolate for the whole family so everyone can make it exactly the way they love!

Ingredients

  • For the hot chocolate powder
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • For the slow cooker hot chocolate
  • ⅓ cup hot chocolate powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Start with the hot cocoa powder by taking all ingredients and whisking them together. Reserve a third cup for the Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate and place the rest in an airtight container or mason jar and save for future hot chocolates.
  2. Add the hot cocoa mix, heavy cream, whole milk, chocolate, and vanilla extract in your slow cooker pot. Whisk together until everything is well combined and evenly distributed.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Remove the lid and stir, ensuring the chocolate is melted. Return the lid to the slow cooker and cook for another hour, undisturbed.
  4. After two hours, remove the pot from the slow cooker and add the mini marshmallows. Put the lid back on for another 10 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in the melted mini marshmallows.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 464mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 40gProtein: 10g

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