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Creamiest Hot Chocolate Recipe EVER!

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There is nothing more delicious than homemade hot chocolate on a cold Winter day. This recipe is even easier than making hot cocoa form a package, so there’s really no excuse not to make it. 

Whether you are cooking for a holiday party, a winter movie night, or just for yourself, this slow cooker hot chocolate recipe will become a favorite. Just don’t tell anyone else how easy it is!

The Best Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Recipe

This whole recipe came about when Big Sister was 4 and her class was having a Christmas party. She somehow got it in her head that the only acceptable contribution to the potluck was hot chocolate.

And of course, the Christmas party was during Little Sister’s nap time, and I couldn’t drop off actual hot chocolate to the school without having a cranky baby on my hands.

We have an old CrockPot that I wasn’t worried about losing (this was before the dreaded This Is Us episode…) and so I thought making the hot chocolate ahead of time and leaving the entire crockpot in the classroom would be the perfect solution.

And it was! 

Bonus? This recipe is so easy, a four-year-old can make it (with supervision of course) and it’s been a fun yearly tradition to make hot chocolate together as a family for winter parties and potlucks.

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Kitchen Tools For Making Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

So obviously you are here because this homemade hot cocoa recipe is easiest to make in the crockpot. I use one that is deeper than it is wide, basically because it is easier to ladle out the hot chocolate once it’s ready.

You can totally make this on the stove in a stockpot, but you have to be pretty vigilant about watching it so that the chocolate doesn’t burn. 

Finally, you can also make this in the Instant Pot- either on the slow cooker setting with the instruction below or- don’t tell anyone- you can pressure cook it for 3 minutes and then leave it on warm as long as you want. 

My personal choice is to slow cook this and stir occasionally because I think the flavors blend together really well. But honestly, at the end of the day, it’s a very negligible difference.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Ingredients

Ok so you are going to need the following: 

Notes:

I absolutely ADORE the handcrafted milk chocolate chips from Guittard in San Fransisco for this recipe. They are so creamy when they melt, and they only cost a few more cents than the regular chocolate chip brand.

I don’t recommend using cocoa powder for this recipe- I think the chocolate chips are a make or break ingredient as far as flavor and texture.

Finally, I doubled the recipe and it was equally delicious. 

Hot Cocoa Recipe Ingredient Substitutions

So this recipe is clearly not sugar-free, dairy-free, or super high on the healthy spectrum. A few ideas:

  • Substitute almond milk for regular milk
  • Substitute evaporated milk for the heavy  cream
  • Substitute semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips for the milk chocolate chips- the recipe won’t be as sweet
  • You could limit the sweetened condensed milk entirely, but the hot chocolate won’t be as thick

How To Serve Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

My favorite part is serving this! Especially because it isn’t super hot, so you can drink it right away. Try the following:

  • Top with marshmallows
  • Top with whipped cream from a can and add a little chocolate chip on top
  • Shred or crush some chocolate chips and float them on top
  • Hook a candy cane through the mug
  • Add a shot of peppermint schnapps for a fun adult beverage
  • Some people add a pinch of salt!

Crockpot Hot Chocolate Recipe

(Printable recipe below)

Ingredients

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In your crockpot, combine whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Use at least a 5 quart crockpot/slow cooker. This recipe doubles nicely, but you will need a 6-7 quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for two hours or high for one hour. Stir occasionally with a whisk, until the chocolate chips melt and the ingredients are liquified.
  • Once the hot cocoa is heated and melted, you can place the crockpot to low until you are ready to serve, just make sure you stir it before serving.
  • Ladle hot cocoa individual mugs and garnish with marshmallows, whipped cream or shredded chocolate. Enjoy with friends!

Printable Recipe

Yield: 12 cups

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Rose gold mug of hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows.

Crockpot hot chocolate recipe that is perfect for parties, holiday gathersing and of course Christmas. Slow cooker hot chocolate FTW!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In your crockpot, combine whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Use at least a 5 quart crockpot/slow cooker. This recipe doubles nicely, but you will need a 6-7 quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for two hours or high for one hour. Stir occasionally with a whisk, until the chocolate chips melt and the ingredients are liquified.
  3. Once the hot cocoa is heated and melted, you can place the crockpot to low until you are ready to serve, just make sure you stir it before serving.
  4. Ladle into individual mugs and garnish with marshmallows, whipped cream or shredded chocolate. Enjoy with friends!

Notes

You can substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips to lessen the sweetness of the recipe.

If you leave the hot chocolate in the crockpot for more than 2-3 hours you will want to stir it before serving.

I absolutely ADORE the handcrafted milk chocolate chips from Guittard in San Fransisco for this recipe. They are so creamy when they melt, and they only cost a few more cents than the regular chocolate chip brand.

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