Crock pot hot chocolate is unbelievable creamy, rich and delicious and perfect for parties and guests. And it’s just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep!
My kids adore hot cocoa.
It’s one of their favorite after-school snacks on a cold day.
I’m always like, don’t you want to eat some actual food? And they shake their heads and pull out a mug and beg me to make some of my easy homemade hot chocolate.
It takes me all of 3 minutes to make, and it’s on the healthier side, so I don’t mind.
But with the holidays coming up, I wanted to share with you our very amped up version with this super creamy, super rich crock pot hot chocolate.
Drinking this makes me think of the line from the Polar Express book, “We drank hot cocoa as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars.”
That’s what this drink is.
This hot cocoa tastes like you’re drinking melted chocolate bars.
It’s unbelievably delicious and honestly the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had.
And bonus, it couldn’t be easier to make!
We’re talking just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep - you just throw everything in the slow cooker and stir it. Gotta love that kind of easy at the holidays.
Then it cooks on low for a couple of hours and you’ve got the smell of chocolate wafting throughout your house.
This crockpot hot chocolate is especially perfect for parties because you can just leave it on warm and everyone can get a mug as needed.
You’ll be the hostess with the mostess for sure!
OK, let’s get cooking.
Now, I’ve got some notes, tips and substitutions coming up on how to make hot chocolate in the crock pot. Just tryin’ to be helpful.
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Ingredient notes for crock pot hot chocolate:
- Milk: You can use skim milk, 1% or 2% or whole milk. The richer the milk, the richer the hot chocolate. (Though honestly, I’ve used skim before and it was still super duper rich.)
- Heavy cream: You need 1 ½ cups of heavy cream or heavy whipping cream, as it’s labeled by some brands.
- Sweetened condensed milk: You need 1 can for this recipe. Regular or fat free are both fine to use. Please note this is NOT the same as evaporated milk.
- Chocolate chips: I use a bag of regular semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could also try substituting dark chocolate chips if you would like.
Also, this makes about 10 servings. However, you can absolutely double the recipe if needed for a party. You could probably even triple it in a 6- or 8-quart slow cooker.
Cause trust me, this is going to be a huge hit and all the kids and adults are gonna want a mug!
One quick note: This will be crazy hot when it’s first ready. You’ll want your guests to be extra careful and let it cool slightly so they don’t burn their mouths.
Alright, let’s serve it up.
Toppings for hot chocolate:
- Mini marshmallows
- Whipped cream
- Crushed graham crackers
- Crumbled cookies
- Candy canes or peppermint sticks or spoons
- Mini chocolate chips
You could even set up a little toppings bar if you’re serving this at a party so everyone can dress up their mug just like they like.
Oh, and check out my post from last week on 3 easy cute Christmas treats for kids if you want to make some adorable marshmallow snowmen. The kiddos love them!
Last thing, if you have any leftovers of this drink, you can store it, once cooled, in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Rewarm in a pot on the stove or in individual mugs in the microwave.
Whether for the holidays or just the winter season in general, I hope you give this crock pot hot chocolate a try.
Cheers and enjoy!
- 6 cups milk (see notes)
- 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large crock pot and stir well.
- Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring once or twice to help the chocolate chips get melted and evenly mixed in.
- Serve warm (make sure it’s not scalding hot) and enjoy!
Milk: You can use skim milk, 1% or 2% or whole milk. The richer the milk, the richer the hot chocolate. (Though honestly, I’ve used skim before and it was still super duper rich.)
Heavy cream: You need 1 ½ cups of heavy cream or heavy whipping cream, as it’s also labeled by some brands.
Sweetened condensed milk: You need 1 can for this recipe. Regular or fat free are both fine to use. Please note this is NOT the same as evaporated milk.
Chocolate chips: I use a bag of regular semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could also try substituting dark chocolate chips if you would like.
Servings: This makes about 10 servings, depending on how much everyone takes. However, you can absolutely double the recipe if needed for a party. You could probably even triple it in a 6- or 8-quart slow cooker, but might need to add more time. Be sure everything is warmed through and the chocolate chips are melted and stirred in.
Topping ideas: Mini marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed graham crackers, crumbled cookies, candy canes or peppermint sticks or spoons, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc. You can even set up a toppings bar and let everyone choose their favorites and garnish their mugs.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 7g