Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink. Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.
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Now THIS is a hot chocolate to beat all hot chocolates. Our recipe for Crockpot Hot Chocolate is serious business. Well, as serious as you can be about chocolate. Super thick and rich, it could be called “drinking chocolate” or “sipping chocolate,” but we went for the old-fashioned name. Don’t be fooled. This is as far from powdered drink mix as you can get.
Personally, I’ve been trying to think how to accurately describe this Crockpot Hot Chocolate — while keeping it clean on our family-friend blog. So let’s just say if your friend takes a sip of this, you’re going to want to have what she’s having.
Crockpot Hot Chocolate – The Popular Kid at Parties
We served this Crockpot Hot Chocolate at a cookie exchange holiday party last week, and one of our friends, who ONLY like very rich hot chocolate, called this one “intense.” I’ll take that as a huge compliment.
Not to mention, the hot chocolate is party-friendly! It takes minimal prep work – in fact, you just toss all the ingredients into your favorite slow-cooker and stir. After it heats for a couple hours, the chocolate will have melted and you’ll have a smooth, sweet beverage ready for your guests to ladle into festive holiday mugs! It literally could not get any easier. Plus, thanks to the richness, a little goes a long way – for most people. (Present company excluded.)
If you want to kick things up a notch, you can set up a hot chocolate bar. Like we did! I forgot to take photos (busy eating/drinking) but it was a simple set-up. Next to the crockpot full of hot chocolate, we laid out marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a couple types of booze (peppermint schnapps and caramel vodka) for guests to doctor up their drinks. Other ideas might include crushed candy canes, peanut butter chips, and salted caramel sauce. And yes, I would put ALL of those in my drink. Together. In a big bowl.
Store Leftover Crockpot Hot Chocolate in the Fridge (For Emergencies)
Even if you’re not serving a large group, Crockpot Hot Chocolate is an easy way to make up a batch of hot chocolate in advance and serve it out a cup at a time, whenever the urge hits ya. Seal it up in a mason jar and you can keep it in the fridge for a solid week. Not gonna lie, I tried drinking it cold, and it was shockingly delicious – like the best chocolate milk ever. Another friend suggested freezing it as an ice cream base, but I couldn’t resist drinking it instead. But someday I’ll make a double – okay, triple batch and try that.
Whether you need a party beverage, a little something for Santa, or just a nice hot drink to savor on Christmas Eve by the light of a sparkly tree – Crockpot Hot Chocolate will be your new best friend.
With that, Ready To Yumble wishes you the happiest – and yummiest – of holidays!
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 5 cups milk (use whole milk for the richest hot chocolate, or 2% for a slightly-less-rich-but-still-delicious version)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in your favorite slow-cooker and stir to combine.
- Heat on low for about two hours, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and the drink is smooth.
- Using a ladle, serve in heat-proof cups, adding your favorite toppings.
Recipe can be doubled if your slower cooker is big enough. Leftovers keep in the fridge for a week.
Recipe adapted from Crock-Pot Ladies.
Need a cookie to go with your hot chocolate? How about some Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies? Doesn’t get any more festive than that!