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Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is a great, hands-off and easy way to have hot chocolate ready for a crowd after a chilly winter’s night of caroling and snowman-making!

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I don’t do caroling. Like at all.

I don’t like to go caroling, and I kind of really hate having carolers show up at my door. Like, maybe more than actually going caroling.

And omg— when they sing more than one song?!

I’m in enough excruciating awkward pain trying to get through just the one (because ohmygosh– do I sing too? Do I clap? Do I smile and nod for an entire song??), and there’s so much relief when they’ve finished that first song, that to start another immediately on the heels of the first is just cruel and unusual. And then you have to do that awkward surprise face. You know, the one that says oh-I-thought-your-were-done-but-it’s-totally-ok-that-you’re-not-because-I-really-do-love-this-even-if-it-looks-like-I-don’t.

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So, uh… please don’t come caroling at my door.

But if you do, don’t worry. I’m a decent faker, and I’ll pretend like I loved it. And unless you read this post after the fact (which would be super unfortunate), you’ll never know the difference.

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Despite my Grinch-like attitude towards caroling, I really do love Christmas music. A few days I ago I re-discovered a Christmas mixed CD I made in college. And it. is. awesome.

I’ve been itching to share it with you, so, bringing myself up to the times, I’ve put together a list of links to the songs on my CD in the iTunes store (sorry for those of you who use a different method of buying/listening to music) so that you can put together the playlist for yourself if you want!

And…. you want. Trust me. These songs will put a cheery smile in your face and a twinkle in your eye ;)

Where Are You Christmas – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Gonna Eat for Christmas – A Rosie Christmas
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Merry Christmas
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Elf (Music From the Motion Picture)
Last Christmas – A Rosie Christmas
Santa On the Rooftop – A Rosie Christmas
Because It’s Christmas (For All the Children) [Excerpt from Händel’s Messiah – “For Unto Us a Child Is Born…”] – Because It’s Christmas
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Because It’s Christmas
Silent Night / I Guess There Ain’t No Santa Claus – Because It’s Christmas
A Time to Be Jolly – Christmas Album
The Magic of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone) – These Are Special Times
Hallelujah – Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony II

So there you have it. All of my very favorite Christmas songs :)

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You know what else will put a cheery smile on your face? This Crockpot Hot Chocolate.

Why? Because it’s easy, you can make it and go do something else (like make people feel awkward by caroling to them), and it will feed a crowd (like cold, awkward carolers). I poured some of the batch into the smaller crockpot you see pictured (for the photograph’s sake), but it does actually make quite a large batch, which is super nice for a holiday gathering!

Also note… I didn’t add the marshmallows until I was photographing. So… don’t put those in there and leave them ;)

Crocpot Hot Chocolate

Yield: Serves 9


  • 1/2 cup dry baking cocoa
  • 12 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 7 1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Add all ingredients to a crockpot and whisk until smooth.
  2. Cook on low for up to 4 hours or on high for up to 2 hours.
  3. Serve when hot!


Recipe Source: Creating Through Life

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20 Responses to “Crockpot Hot Chocolate”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on December 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm (#)

    Even though I’m on vacation where it’s hot hot hot out, I would love a huge mug or two of this! I’m totally on this when I get home. I love the idea of using a CP to make it!

  2. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate posted on December 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm (#)

    I can’t think of anything better than a bit vat of hot chocolate! I could dive right on in there!

  3. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on December 16, 2013 at 6:36 pm (#)

    I’ve never had carolers come to my house….ever. weird?

    This hot chocolate reminds me of how my mom used to make hot cocoa when everyone would be outside sledding, ahhh memories :D

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm (#)

    Seriously, do people actually carol? I’ve never seen anyone do it! or had anyone come to my house! No one would ask me to join them, unless it was the screeching opera, so I’m safe there.

  5. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on December 17, 2013 at 2:09 am (#)

    Ha I am so awkward with carolers clap clap “That was amaz… Oh another one… great!” LOL We made hot chocolate in a crockpot for my best friends sons birthday last christmas and it was perfect!! great to serve a crowd!!

  6. Emma posted on December 17, 2013 at 6:17 am (#)

    Oh man Im with you o the carollers! Thankfully it doesn’t happen really door to door here in Australia, not that I have encountered anyway. Phew.

    And this hot chocolate?! Just yes! Im going to blast the air conditioning and sit right in front of it with a big ol’ mug full right by my christmas tree.

    Love it Ashton, thanks for sharing :)

  7. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm (#)

    I am so happy to know that I am not alone on the caroling thing! I don’t sing … for the protection of everyone’s ears ;) I do drink hot cocoa and enjoy Christmas music … thank you for sharing your recipe!

  8. Shauna posted on December 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm (#)

    I LOVE when carolers come by! I also like to go caroling but I lip sinc but I my singing pretty much would make everyone run. But, I think I’m going to love this cocoa even more! I like that it has Eagle Brand (sorry, condensed milk – we call it Eagle Brand where I’m from) in it – YUM! Thanks for sharing and I hope you get no carolers for Christmas – LOL!

  9. Shauna posted on December 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm (#)

    Edit to my post – apologies as meant to say i lip sinc because my singing would make everyone run. I should have proofed before hitting “post”.

  10. Michelle posted on December 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm (#)

    Would one batch be enough for about 25 3rd grade students? Our Holiday Party includes watching the movie Polar Express and drinking hot chocolate. Please advise so I know if I need to make a single or double batch.


  11. Michelle posted on December 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm (#)

    Just curious to know if this recipe made as a single batch would be enough for 25- 3rd grade students or should I double it? We plan to make crockpot hot chocolate and watch Polar Express for our Holiday party. Please advise so I know how much to buy to make this!


    • Ashton posted on December 18, 2013 at 9:49 pm (#)

      I think I’d make at least a batch and a half and give the kids 1/2 cup servings :)

  12. Marti posted on December 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm (#)

    This look mouthwatering!! I wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup! You can see it here… :)


    • Marti posted on December 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm (#)

      Ooopps….*looks* lol

  13. Katherine posted on January 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm (#)

    I appreciate you linking me as the source :)

  14. Eric Toskey posted on December 3, 2014 at 4:24 am (#)

    I’m wondering if this can be made without the water as a thick syrup in the crockpot and then added to a cup with hot water as you serve each cup. I’m wanting to make 400 cups of cocoa – that’s a lot to make up in large pots and too much for the crockpot, but a really rich syrup or pudding consistency concentrate may work well as a mix for hot water and a large crockpot full may make enough for 200 cups. What do you think?

    • Ashton posted on December 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm (#)

      Whoa!! That’s a lot of hot chocolate!! Sadly, I have no frame of reference for any recipe like that. I’ve never tried it, and I can’t really make a good guess as to if it would work or not. So sorry!! But I’d love to hear what you end up doing!!

  15. Kristin posted on December 4, 2014 at 1:19 am (#)

    Found your recipe while googling hot cocoa in a crock pot. We’re having a “Polar Express” spirit day at my daughter’s elementary school in a couple of weeks, and we want to serve hot cocoa to all of the kids–just a little taste at lunchtime. With 600 students, we’re a little overwhelmed with the sheer numbers, but we have 4 large crock pots ready to go to work. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again for posting the recipe. I think I’ll also have to try it out on my family ;)

  16. billie patterson posted on December 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm (#)

    I am in charge of having Hot chocolate bar at my daughters wedding reception,  I was going to use a 60 cup coffee server, but I am very aware of the flavor being at the bottom of the pot and is that not true with the crock pot ???

    • Ashton posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:54 am (#)

      I didn’t feel like that was a problem with this recipe, but I did give it a stir (out of instinct, really) before I served it!