The Best Homemade Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

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The Best Homemade Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe – delicious rich, creamy hot chocolate in the slow cooker from scratch!

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Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate From Scratch

There is nothing better than rich, delicious hot chocolate on a cold day – and its even better made from scratch!

Hot cocoa is so easy to make from scratch with simple ingredients, you can make a big batch for parties (or long days skiing, sledding, or shoveling snow!), and it can simmer slowly for hours, while you let your slow cooker do all the work and you enjoy the winter weather!

This hot chocolate is perfect for skiing and sledding days – you can whisk together the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it slowly melt and simmer while you’re off having fun, and come back to delicious hot cocoa!

We love to serve hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream, chocolate or caramel syrup, peppermint syrup – and let guests decorate their own cups.

This recipe is a great base – feel free to change it up to your preferences, including adding different types of chocolate, stirring in boozy additions, adding different flavors like peppermint or peanut butter – or try adding more cream and less milk.

We hope you love this homemade hot chocolate as much as we do!

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How To Make Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate From Scratch

Hot chocolate is super simple to make in the slow cooker – whisk to mix together, then let it cook slowly while you enjoy a cool winter day, and come back to comforting, rich, and delicious hot cocoa!

  • Warm milk in microwave or on stovetop – just 20-30 seconds to be warm to the touch (cocoa powder will mix in to warm milk much better than cold milk.)
  • Add milk to slow cooker, turn slow cooker on to high.
  • Add in sugar, vanilla, chocolate, and cocoa powder, whisking vigorously after each addition to incorporate. Whisk in cream last.
  • Place lid on slow cooker and set to low, let cook 3-4 hours. Stir occasionally.
  • When chocolate has melted and hot chocolate has thickened, it is ready to serve!
  • Top with mini marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream, and even chocolate sauce!
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Tips to Perfect Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

For the best hot chocolate, we suggest following our tips to make your hot cocoa perfect, every single time!

Use Warm Milk. Warm milk helps your cocoa powder mix better, it can clump up when added to cold milk.

Whisk Cocoa Powder into Hot Chocolate. To avoid clumps, and for the best texture, we suggest whisking vigorously as you stir cocoa powder into warm milk.

Make on the stovetop. This recipe can be made on the stovetop instead of the slow cooker, with just a few modifications:

  • To convert this recipe for the stovetop, add all ingredients except for cocoa powder into stock pot.
  • Start to heat on medium low, whisking vigorously as chocolate melts and sugar dissolves into milk.
  • When milk is warm and some chocolate has melted, whisk in cocoa powder (it will mix in best when milk and cream are warm or hot, it can clump together when liquid is cold.)
  • Keep heating and whisking until chocolate is fully melted and mixed into hot cocoa.
  • When chocolate has melted and hot chocolate has thickened, it is ready to serve.

FAQs

When is slow cooker cocoa done?

Hot chocolate is done when chocolate has melted and hot cocoa is thickened.

What kind of chocolate to add to hot chocolate?

We recommend using a high quality chocolate that you love – we’re using a 70% bittersweet chocolate bar.
You can use any chocolate you love other than the bittersweet, such as milk, semisweet, or even white chocolate!

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Other Hot Chocolate Recipes You’ll Love

For more of our hot chocolate ideas, check out our adult Rumchata Hot Cocoa Cocktail Recipe, our Olaf Blue White Chocolate Cocoa, White Cocoa Peppermint Latte, adult Peppermint Cocoa Shooters, and a super cute Welcome Elf on a Shelf Cocoa Party & Printables!

You can find even more of our drinks recipes here.

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The Best Homemade Hot Chocolate

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

The Best Homemade Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe - delicious rich, creamy hot chocolate in the slow cooker from scratch!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups warm milk
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 10 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup coca powder
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Warm milk in microwave or on stovetop - just 20-30 seconds to be warm to the touch (cocoa powder will mix in to warm milk much better than cold milk.)
  2. Add milk to slow cooker, turn slow cooker on to high.
  3. Add in sugar, vanilla, chocolate, and cocoa powder, whisking vigorously after each addition to incorporate. Whisk in cream last.
  4. Place lid on slow cooker and set to low, let cook 3-4 hours. Stir occasionally.
  5. When chocolate has melted and hot chocolate has thickened, it is ready to serve!
  6. Top with mini marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream, and even chocolate sauce!
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 402Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 75mgSodium 155mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 28gProtein 6g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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