Crockpot hot chocolate is a great way to feed a big group. And this homemade recipe tastes light years better than those single-serving packets!
This hot chocolate is the real deal. There’s no dried powder and no microwave involved. All you need is cocoa, cream, and plenty of marshmallows.
After one drop of this amazing hot chocolate, you’ll never buy Swiss Miss again.
So, grab a book and a cozy throw blanket, and let’s dive into this Crockpot hot chocolate!
Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
Whenever the snow starts flying, the first thing I do is prepare hot chocolate.
There’s no better feeling than watching the snow pile up out the window with a cup of hot cocoa in hand.
And this recipe isn’t your average hot chocolate. It’s so decadent and creamy, you almost don’t need marshmallows!
Place your ingredients in the slow cooker, and go outside to build a snowman. When your fingers turn to icicles, your hot chocolate will be ready to thaw you out.
Plus, it makes a big batch, so your family can ladle a fresh cup well into the evening. It also makes a perfect drink for your next holiday party.
With cocoa powder and chocolate chips, this hot chocolate is the best you’ll ever have. And don’t forget the marshmallows!
- Whole milk – Using whole milk with a higher fat percentage makes this hot chocolate creamy. If you want to shave off a few calories, skim or plant-based milk also works.
- Sweetened condensed milk – Never skip the sweetened condensed milk! It adds the perfect amount of creamy sweetness to the hot chocolate and makes it incredibly thick and rich.
- Heavy whipping cream – We’re not done with creamy additions! Heavy whipping cream gives this recipe an intense hit of creamy goodness.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder – Since the chocolate is the main attraction, opt for high-quality cocoa like Dutch Process. It adds all those chocolatey flavors without any bitterness.
- Vanilla extract – Take your hot cocoa to the next level with just a dash of vanilla. Reach for real vanilla extract rather than imitation for the best flavor.
- Pinch of salt – Salt is your secret weapon to insanely flavorful hot cocoa. It won’t make it salty, don’t worry. It amplifies the rich and chocolatey flavors and will make the chocolate even sweeter.
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips – Semi-sweet chocolate chips melt in the Crockpot and deliver an intense burst of chocolate. If you don’t like semi-sweet, you can use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate.
- Mini marshmallows – Is it even hot cocoa without marshmallows? This recipe is so rich and indulgent, it doesn’t need marshmallows, but they add a little something extra.
How to Make Crockpot Hot Chocolate
This is one of those dump-it-and-set-it recipes. Check out how easily this recipe comes together.
1. Load up the Crockpot. Add the condensed milk, whole milk, whipping cream, vanilla extract, salt, and cocoa powder.
2. Whisk it up! Vigorously whisk the mixture for 1-2 minutes or until the cocoa powder dissolves. After the mixture comes together, stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Cook it low and slow. Cover the Crockpot, and cook it on low heat for 2-3 hours. Stir it occasionally to ensure the chocolate chips don’t stick to the bottom.
4. Serve. Set the Crockpot to the warm setting. Ladle the hot chocolate into mugs, garnish it with marshmallows, and enjoy!
Get ready for some amazing variations! This recipe is just the jumping-off point for creative variations to take it to the next level.
- Go chocolate crazy. Chocolate chips boost the chocolate intensity of this recipe. But you can also add your favorite candy bars like Reese’s cups or Snickers.
- Make it fruity. Looking for something light and fruity? Swap out chocolate chips for white chocolate, and add a splash of raspberry syrup. Delicious!
- Bring on the booze. For a boozy kick at your next holiday party, add Baileys or Kulau. Booze makes it perfect for an adult Christmas party and adds so much flavor..
- Prepare a hot chocolate bar. I love making a big batch of hot chocolate with a bar of toppings. It’s like a winter-themed ice cream bar! Include toppings like marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate pieces, and pirouette cookies.
How to Store & Reheat
If you want to make this for a party, place the cocoa on a warm setting. If you have any leftovers (doubtful!) here’s how to keep it fresh:
- To Store: Allow the cocoa to cool, and place it in an air-tight container. The cocoa will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- To Reheat: Place the chocolate mixture in a small sauce pan under medium heat. Stir constantly until it’s hot and steamy. Remove it from the heat, and serve it immediately.
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