Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Warm up this winter with some Crock Pot Hot Chocolate! This is the perfect recipe for when you want a hot drink, but don’t want to spend time standing over the stove.

It only takes a few minutes to put together, and then your crock pot will do all the work for you. Plus, this recipe makes a lot of hot chocolate, so it’s perfect for feeding a crowd.

This hot chocolate is super chocolately, and so easy to customize. You can add some peppermint flavor with a drop of peppermint extract or by garnishing it with crushed candy canes. Or make it extra creamy by adding some sweetened condensed milk or vanilla ice cream.

However you choose to enjoy this warm, chocolatey drink, we hope you love it as much as we do!


Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is:

  • A great, hands-off way to have hot chocolate waiting for you whenever you’re ready for it.
  • The perfect way to make hot chocolate for a crowd.
  • Super chocolately, and so easy to customize.
  • Warm up this winter with some Crock Pot Hot Chocolate!

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is a great, hands-off way to have hot chocolate waiting for you whenever you’re ready for it. It’s also the perfect way to make hot chocolate for a crowd.

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

Yield: Serves 9
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is a great, hands-off way to have hot chocolate waiting for you whenever you're ready for it. It's also the perfect way to make hot chocolate for a crowd.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 5g

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep hot chocolate warm in a Crock-Pot?

You can make hot chocolate in a slow cooker by following the recipe in this post. You can also use a Crock Pot to keep any kind of hot chocolate warm. In a pinch for time? Just pour a gallon of chocolate milk in the Crock Pot, set to low, and it’ll be perfect in less than an hour. 

Is it better to make hot chocolate with milk or water?

It depends on your dry ingredients. If you’re using a mix with some kind of powdered milk or cream, then it’s just fine to use water. If you’re using a mix that isn’t anything more than cocoa and sugar, you’ll definitely want to make your hot chocolate with milk!

How do you keep hot chocolate hot for a crowd?

Warming hot chocolate in a crock pot is the perfect solution for keeping hot chocolate warm for a crowd or party. Set out a stack of cups with a ladle, and everyone can simply serve themselves!

How do I make this hot chocolate vegan?

Try replacing the evaporated milk with a can of regular coconut milk and using almond or coconut milk for the regular cow’s milk.

Can I add any other flavors to this recipe?

Yes! You can add a drop of peppermint extract for peppermint flavor, or garnish it with crushed candy canes. You could also add sweetened condensed milk or vanilla ice cream for a creamier drink.

How long will this Crock Pot Hot Chocolate keep in the fridge?

It should last for about four days.

Enjoy! 🙂

Hot Chocolate Tips

  • If you’re looking for a dairy free version of this recipe, try replacing the evaporated milk with evaporated milk substitute such as a can of regular coconut milk and using almond or coconut milk for the regular cow’s milk.
  • If you’re looking for an adult version of this Crock Pot Hot Chocolate, add some peppermint schnapps to it!
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20 thoughts on “Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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”.

  4. 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.

    Thanks

  5. 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!

    Thanks

  6. This look mouthwatering!! I wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup! You can see it here…http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/30-delicious-hot-chocolate-recipes. 🙂

    Marti

  7. 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?

    • 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!!

  8. 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 😉

  9. 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 ???

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