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Creamy Crockpot Hot Chocolate

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Come in from playing in the snow to a hot mug of rich, creamy and delicious hot chocolate. Making it in the slow cooker means it’s super simple and hot and ready when you are.

Close up of large glass mug with crockpot hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Hot chocolate is a must have on a cold winter day. There is just something about coming in from an afternoon of sledding and snowman making and having a cup of cocoa waiting.

This version is super creamy and chocolaty and the crock pot makes it while you play!

This year for Christmas I thought it would be fun to do a hot chocolate bar. I knew it would be festive and popular.

Plus having several fun topping ideas meant everyone could customize it and make it their own.

cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk whisked together in slow cooker

Making it in the slow cooker allowed people to get it as they wanted to without any work. Plus this version is so much creamier than anything you could get from a packet.

All it takes is a few simple ingredients. I used a mix of dark and milk chocolate chips then added some cocoa powder to give it an extra chocolate boost.

chocolate chips added to sweetened condensed milk mixture in slow cooker.

Making the Creamiest Crockpot Hot Chocolate with Condensed Milk

Some sweetened condensed milk added a the extra bit of sweet while also driving home the rich and creamy texture.  A mix of whole milk and half and half made it super luscious.

In a pinch you could use all whole milk, but for Christmas I wanted it to be extra special. This combination gave a really luxurious mouthfeel and delicious flavor.

Small glass mugs with slow cooker hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows and candy canes.

The best part is once everything is in the crockpot, you get to walk away for a couple of hours. For me that meant I got to enjoy my family and the Christmas festivities while the chocolate melted.

But that also makes it ideal for days of playing in the snow. Set it and go enjoy yourself.

When you can’t feel your fingers anymore from the cold, you’ll love knowing a creamy cup of hot cocoa is waiting for you.

Mug of condensed milk hot chocolate topped with whipped cream served with a decorated sugar cookie and a couple of candy canes.

Fun Topping Ideas for Your Mug of Hot Cocoa:

Looking down and melty marshmallows floating on creamy hot chocolate in mug.

More Tasty Hot Chocolate Recipes

If you would rather have hot chocolate mix in the pantry for a quick mug of hot cocoa, you can make your own. Homemade hot chocolate mix is perfect for having on hand for a quick treaty or put some in jars for a cute gift.

If white chocolate is more your thing, try making homemade white hot chocolate mix. Or whip up a quick batch of peppermint white hot chocolate.

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Close up of large glass mug with crockpot hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Rich and Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Carlee
Hot chocolate is a must have on a cold winter day. There is just something about coming in from an afternoon of sledding and snowman making and having a cup of cocoa waiting. This version is super creamy and chocolaty and the crockpot does the work while you play.
4.88 from 16 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 425 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half

Instructions
 

  • In a slow cooker (you want at least a 4 quart insert). whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and cocoa until there are no lumps.
    ¼ cup cocoa powder, 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • Add chocolate chips, milk and half and half. Stir to combine.
    1 cup dark chocolate chips, 1 cup milk chocolate chips, 6 cups whole milk, 2 cups half and half
  • Cook on low for 2 hours, then whisk to ensure all chocolate chips are melted and to combine. Once smooth, you can drop the heat to warm to hold if you’d like.

Notes

You can replace the half and half with more whole milk if you prefer.
You can use whatever kind of chocolate chips you have on hand, semi-sweet, milk chocolate or dark chocolate work. Use all one kind or a mix, but the total should be about 2 cups.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 425kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 11gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 148mgFiber: 2gSugar: 46g
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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 31st of January 2019

I wish I had people coming over this weekend so I could share this. It sounds so good!

Amy

Friday 25th of January 2019

This hot chocolate looks fabulous. I sure could use a cup right now!

Debbie

Monday 21st of January 2019

Hi Carlee, I really wish I enjoyed hot chocolate. Every once in a while I do try one, but as much as I love chocolate and rich chocolate cakes I have a dislike of hot chocolate, chocolate milkshakes and chocolate ice cream. Strange I know!

xx

Carlee

Monday 21st of January 2019

It is so easy and soooooo good! It was the highlight of the last snowfall for me ;-)

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 16th of January 2019

An absolute must! I love that it has sweetened condensed milk! Sounds so good, as you know, a big snowfall is coming at the end of the week, weekend, I may have to make up a batch of this goodness!