Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is definitely my favorite hot beverage. Making it and keeping it warm in the crock pot makes it easy and delicious and the perfect way to feed a crowd.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe!
I am a little particular about how I like my hot cocoa. It must be sweet. I’m not a bit fan of the bittersweet hot chocolate or using super fancy European chocolates. Regular old baking cocoa is what I prefer. Also, I don’t like my hot chocolate super thick, like the European sipping chocolates, except if I’m in Europe! Today I am sharing with you my go to crockpot hot chocolate recipe and the one that gets rave reviews every time I serve it. Just grab yourself a mug!
- Cocoa Powder, unsweetened.
- Pinch of salt
- Vanilla extract. This is the secret ingredient. Don’t leave it out.
- Whole milk. You can use 2 percent but you will get a richer, cramier hot cocoa with whole milk.
Tips from Leigh Anne
- We often serve hot chocolate at parties during the Christmas season. It is a required beverage at our annual Breakfast with Santa. I often set up a hot chocolate bar and let everyone add their favorite flavorings and toppings. Making and serving the hot chocolate in the crock pot is the perfect way to make sure everyone’s hot chocolate is nice and warm!
- You can mix up the hot chocolate several hours before your party, put it in the crock pot and just let the crock pot keep it warm for you. You won’t have to worry about it again until you are ready to serve it.
How do you make hot chocolate in the crock pot?
- Mix all your ingredients together right in the crockpot.
- Set the crockpot on high for one- two hours or until heated through and then turn to low or warm while serving.
Serve this with:
- Mini Marshmallows
- Sweetened Whipped Cream
- Chopped peppermint candy
- Toffee Bits
- Mint or Peppermint Extract
How to Make Sweetened Whipped Cream
We always top our hot chocolate with whipped cream. Now, you can use the stuff that you spray out of the can but if you want to be extra fancy, make your own whipped cream using these directions Be sure and use heavy whipping cream for the best results.
- Malted milk powder. It’s like drinking a warm chocolate malt. It’s so delicious! If you are a malt lover give it a try.
- Peppermint or Mint Extract.
The next time you have a rainy or snowy cold winter’s day. Put on a pot of hot chocolate, put on a good movie, turn on the fire, grab a blanket and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Of course! Just pour all the ingredients into a pot on the stovetop and stir until heated through. Stir often as it can burn on the bottom. Try not to let it come to a boil.
Keep it stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat in the microwave, heating n 30 second increments or in a saucepan on the stovetop. Leftover homemade hot chocolate should be stored in a covered pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2/3 cup hot water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1 cup malted milk powder optional
- In a 4 quart slow cooker, mix the cocoa and hot water together and stir until smooth. This helps prevent the cocoa from becoming lumpy.
- Add the sugar, salt, vanilla and milk (optional malted milk powder) and stir to combine.
- Heat on high for one hour and then turn down to low or warm while serving.
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