Slow cooker hot chocolate is a great way to make a large batch for your next winter party! Stir everything together and let it simmer, so it stays hot and ready for as long as needed, perfect for self-serving.
I love the winter season because of the holidays, but I’m not a fan of cold weather. Nothing sounds better on a freezing cold day than a warm cup of hot chocolate! I recently tried this recipe because I loved the idea of having a large pot of hot chocolate warmed to the perfect temperature all day long so I could just scoop out a cup whenever I needed.
Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
One of the best things about cold weather is the warm drinks you can enjoy, and this hot cocoa recipe is one that can be enjoyed all winter long. Adjust the recipe to suit your serving needs (make more or less) or store leftovers for later so you can enjoy cocoa by simply reheating it.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Minimal ingredients. Only five ingredients are needed to make this rich, creamy hot chocolate.
- Serve a crowd. It’s the perfect recipe when making hot chocolate for a crowd since it serves 12 people.
- It’s perfect. This cocoa is deliciously rich and creamy, making it the ideal perfect cup of cocoa. All that’s missing is your favorite mug and some marshmallows for the top!
Heavy cream: You will need 1 cup of heavy cream or whipping cream to make the hot chocolate rich and creamy.
Condensed milk: Adding in 1 14-ounce sized can of sweetened condensed milk will make the hot chocolate sweeter and thicker.
Milk: To get to the right consistency, add in 7 cups of milk. You can use whole milk or low fat, depending on what you prefer.
Vanilla: Use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to make the hot chocolate flavorful.
Chocolate chips: For a richer chocolatey taste, you will want to use 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
How to Make Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Mix all of the ingredients together in a slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally until mixture is hot and the chocolate chips are melted.
Stir again right before serving.
Top with marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermints, or any of your other favorite toppings, and enjoy!
Refrigerate any leftovers.
How to Serve Hot Chocolate at a Party
This cocoa recipe makes the perfect Christmas Eve creamy crockpot hot chocolate for your next holiday party, but it can also be served at winter weddings, baby showers, and more! To serve it up to guests, you may want to double the recipe depending on the number of people you’ll be serving and the size of your crockpot.
Next to your slow cooker(s) of cocoa, have readily available mugs or cups designed for warm drinks, along with ladles for serving, mini marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint candy canes, and even some festive and fun sprinkles. This can be a fun way to make a hot chocolate bar for your guests so that they can make their own customized drinks.
SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
- 7 cups milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally until mixture is hot and the chocolate chips are melted.
- Stir again right before serving.
- Top with marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermints, or any of your other favorite toppings and enjoy!
- Refrigerate any leftovers.
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Will milk burn in a crockpot?
Yes, if cooked at too high of a temperature or cooked for too long, milk can curdle or burn. This is why we ask that you cook the milk on low heat instead of high heat. If you think the hot chocolate is becoming too warm or is at risk of burning, simply reduce the heat to the “warm” setting or turn off the crockpot, as the drink should still remain warm for a while.
How long does it take to heat hot chocolate in a crockpot?
To melt chocolate chips can usually take about 2 hours or so at low heat. You do not want to rush this process by turning up the temperature to high heat, as that will most likely cause the milk to burn, curdle, or separate.
What makes hot chocolate creamy?
The heavy cream and whole milk used in this recipe are what makes this drink extra rich and creamy but using real chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder also help to get that thick and creamy texture we want from this delicious cocoa.
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- HALLOWEEN HOT CHOCOLATE BOMBS
- HOT CHOCOLATE DIP
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Make a batch of this slow cooker hot chocolate recipe to serve at your next winter party and let the guests self-serve their own drinks. The recipe makes plenty to share and stays perfectly warm for hours. Made with just 5 ingredients, it doesn’t get any easier than this!