Easy Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Rich and creamy crockpot hot chocolate…so easy to make, and perfect for cozy fall and winter days, holiday parties, and guests.

We are a hot chocolate family. Starting in September, my kids start asking for the hot chocolate station to be set out, and it stays out all the way until the first of May! Granted we live where it’s really cold and snowy, but it gives you an idea of how much they love it. It’s definitely a big part of our winter and holiday season, and I think they’d even have it in the summer if they could! 

Homemade hot chocolate is their very favorite, and I love to make a big crockpot full on the weekend. If I’m lucky, it will last Saturday and Sunday. This recipe is also the one I make on the stovetop (adapted for the crock pot), and I’ve been making it for years. I got it from my mama, so I grew up drinking it! It’s an absolute favorite at our house, and the taste is out of this world!

Crockpot Hot Chocolate Recipe

Rich and creamy, this hot chocolate will warm you from head to toe! It’s definitely our go to on snow days, and after skiing or sledding. But it’s also wonderful on any cold day, just to warm up. The crockpot just makes it so easy, and it’s so nice to have it just sitting on the countertop, ready whenever we need it. It’s also ready to drink once it’s heated through, so it’s an easy crockpot recipe that doesn’t need to be warmed for hours beforehand.  

Easy Holiday Recipe

I love to host a Hot Chocolate party every holiday season, and this is the most important recipe of the event! A crockpot of hot chocolate with all the toppings is the highlight, including peppermint, mini chocolate chips, caramel sauce, sprinkles, whipped cream, and extra marshmallows. Christmas breakfast is another hot chocolate must-have at our house, and then we have it all during the day for our family, and anyone who stops by. 

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve,  Christmas Day…all of these holidays are also perfect for Crockpot Hot Chocolate, and really the entire winter season.  Make a big batch, and then people come and serve themselves whenever they want to. It’s super easy, cozy, SO yummy, and perfect for a crowd. 

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This recipe fills a 6 quart crockpot or slow cooker, so if you need more or less, you can adjust the recipe. It’s an easy one to cut in half if needed. There is also some versatility to the recipe as well—changing up the ratios of milk to heavy cream is just fine, depending on personal preference. If you like it a little thinner, and not quite as rich, add less cream and more milk. For a richer chocolate flavor, make the recipe as is, or even more cream and mess milk if you like.

When it comes to the chocolate, I use a mix of milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips, and sometimes all milk chocolate. But again, that’s a preference. If you like darker chocolate, you can use it! If you’ve ever wondered, there is a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa.  Hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder, and typically lighter and more mild. Hot chocolate is made with real chocolate and cream, making it richer and thicker. Some hot chocolate recipes may use sweetened condensed milk, but this one doesn’t need it!

You also have an option when adding the chocolate. You can either put all the other ingredients in the crockpot and heat until warm, then stir in the chocolate after melting it in the microwave. Or you can add the chocolate chips from the beginning, then making sure to stir often the first hour or so they don’t burn on the bottom. I’ve done it both ways, and both work well–it just depends on what you want to do.

If you don’t like marshmallows, you can skip that step and use whipped cream instead…or in addition to! I usually like to have peppermint sticks or crushed candy cane to sprinkle on top.

And good news! If you don’t have a crockpot, you can still make this. You can use this recipe on your stove too!! Place all the ingredients on a large stock pot. Keep on low, stirring often until all the chocolate is melted. Simmer with lid on, stirring occasionally.

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The Best Ever Crockpot Hot Chocolate

5 from 2 votes
Kierste Wade | Old Salt Farm
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 15
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Rich and creamy crockpot hot chocolate…so easy to make, and perfect for cozy fall and winter days, holiday parties, and guests.

Ingredients
 

  • 6 cups whole milk, OR 3 cups whole milk and 3 cups half and half
  • 2 -12 oz. cans evaporated milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream, (1 pint)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a 6 quart crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring often the first hour, to make sure the chocolate incorporates and doesn't burn on the bottom.
  • In the 30 minutes before serving, add large and mini marshmallows to the crockpot. They'll get all melty and yummy! Use a ladle to serve hot chocolate into mugs, then top with all of your favorite hot chocolate toppings.

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Notes

If you don’t have a crockpot, you can still make this!  You can use this recipe on your stove too!! Place all the ingredients on a large stock pot. Keep on low, stirring often until all the chocolate is melted. Simmer with lid on, stirring occasionally.
*You can use 6 cups whole milk, or make it even richer by using 3 cups whole milk and 3 cups half and half.  I’ve done it both ways, and both are yummy! I usually use half and half.  

Recipe Equipment

Crockpot
Hot Chocolate Mugs
Serving Ladle
Nutrition Facts
The Best Ever Crockpot Hot Chocolate
Amount per Serving
Calories
287
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
22
g
34
%
Saturated Fat
 
13
g
81
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
60
mg
20
%
Sodium
 
62
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
153
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
622
IU
12
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
131
mg
13
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course :Drinks, Holidays
Cuisine :American, Dessert
Keyword :Chocolate, Christmas Drinks, Christmas Recipes, Easy Crockpot Recipe, Holiday crockpot recipes, Holiday Drinks, Holiday recipes, Hot Chocolate, Hot Cocoa
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18 Comments

    1. You can use this recipe on your stove too!! Place all the ingredients on a large stock pot. Keep on low, stirring often until all the chocolate is melted. Simmer with lid on, stirring occasionally!!

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! Looking forward to making this on Sunday! We need to half the recipe. Should I cook it for the same amount of time or give it less time?

    1. You’ll need less time…it’s really just until it’s heated through until it gets to be the temperature you want it to be. Then turn it down to warm! ENJOY!!

  2. Looks delish! My son can’t wait to make it with me. What size (oz) can evaporated milk do you use?

      1. Thank you! I made it this morning and it’s delish! I think this will be our day after Thanksgiving go to… sip on hot chocolate, relax, and start decorating for Christmas! ❤️

  3. Hi. I am planning on taking this in a crockpot to an outdoor party. Is there a way to keep that top layer from forming while it sits in the crockpot.
    Thanks

    1. It happens when the hot chocolate starts to cool, or is introduced to cooler air. I try to frequently stir it after it’s heated through, and keep the lid on. Here is an article I found too: https://www.thekitchn.com/food-science-why-skin-forms-on-88664

      Hope that helps!

  4. 5 stars
    It’s delicious! Can leftovers be refrigerated and reheated? It was so rich that we couldn’t finish it!

    1. Yes, it can! I’ll put it back in the crockpot, on the stovetop, or even in the microwave in individual mugs. I haven’t had it in the fridge for longer than a few days though.

  5. I made this for a work cocoa bar and everyone absolutely loved it! I have tried a couple different recipes that were just too sweet! This one was perfect the only sweetener was from the chocolate chips! Huge success!!

    1. I’ve used both! I usually just grab what I have on hand, but we prefer milk chocolate. But it really is a personal preference.

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