Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is a decadent, creamy, warming drink made with heavy cream, cocoa powder, vanilla and chocolate chips. Perfect for serving an audience!
Nothing will make you warm up or put you in the holiday spirit faster than a delicious hot drink. Hot cocoa and Apple cider are the ultimate Holiday recipes that simply has to be enjoyed in the colder months, and this slow cooker version makes it so easy!
SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE
Crockpot Hot Chocolate is a rich, creamy treat made extra delicious with real chocolate, milk, some heavy cream to thicken it up and a touch of vanilla. It will definitely become your favorite hot chocolate recipe and is the perfect base to add your favorite hot chocolate toppings on.
This Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the perfect drink to serve for Christmas parties. A fun way to do this is by putting together a hot chocolate bar. You can put the crockpot on its hot setting to keep the creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate at a good temperature, then place your favorite toppings and mix-ins next to the crockpot. Some good ones to have are mini marshmallows, peppermint marshmallows, Whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, sprinkles, sweets, chocolate flakes and Caramel sauce.
This is a great time to be creative and publish as many sweet additions and flavors as you can think of. Kids will love being able to build their own sugary treat, and adults will not be able to resist the smell of delicious hot chocolate either!
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TIPS FOR MAKING SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE
- Chocolate blend: Add 6 cups milk, 1 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder to a 6 liter crock pot and whisk in cocoa until smooth. Pour in the 2 cups of chocolate chips and ⅛ teaspoon of salt, then stir again.
- Cook: Set the slow cooker to low and cook Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate for 1-2 hours. After boiling, stir until melted chocolate pieces are combined in the hot cocoa mixture.
- Serve: Whisk in the 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and pour the chocolate into mugs for serving warm. If you are serving it to a party, leave the slow cooker covered and warm. Stir the mixture each time before serving.
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VARIATIONS ON SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE
- Milk type: You can use alternative milk in the recipe for hot chocolate such as almond milk, oat milk or soy milk. If you need the recipe completely milk-free, use a substitute for the heavy cream and the semi-sweet chocolate chips, which are also milk-free.
- Chocolate chips: You can replace semi-sweet chocolate chips with milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. Dark chocolate produces slightly less sweet chocolate than milk chocolate. You can even use white chocolate if you want to completely change the taste of the creamy Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa.
- Caramel hot chocolate: There are so many flavor ideas you can try in this hot chocolate, like Caramel Hot Chocolate. To make salted caramel hot chocolate, mix in a cup Caramel sauce with fine sea salt. You can also add extra flakes of sea salt on top just before serving for a little extra flavor and a sparkling look.
- Peppermint hot chocolate: To make peppermint hot chocolate, you can mix a teaspoon of pure peppermint extract to replace the teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then top it off with peppermint marshmallows or crushed sweets.
- Mexican hot chocolate: Add some smoked spice to the recipe with Mexican hot chocolate. Mix 4 teaspoons crushed cinnamon, ½ tablespoons Mexican vanilla, 1 teaspoon crushed nutmeg and a pinch of chili pepper powder. For the chili pepper powder, you can use cayenne pepper or chipotle chili pepper. It’s a good spicy offering of classic Hot Cocoa.
- Hot cinnamon chocolate: For simple cinnamon flavor, simply put a few cinnamon sticks in the mixture after it is cooked. You can also decorate with cinnamon sticks in each individual mug.
- Boozy version: For a chocolate-like adult drink, mix your favorite liqueurs with flavor. ½ cup of schnapps, hazelnut liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream or chocolate liqueur would all taste great.
HOLIDAY COOKIES TO BE SERVED WITH HOT CHOCOLATE
HOW TO STORE SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE
- Serve: If you have any hot chocolate leftovers, do not leave it without the crockpot on for more than 2 hours.
- Store: You can cover and store Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate in the refrigerator for 4 days. Just heat it in the crockpot, on the stove or in the microwave.
- Freeze: You can even freeze Crock Pot Hot Chocolate for up to 3 months. It will lose some flavor when you reheat it, so mix in a little extra chocolate to avoid it.
To your slow cooker add milk, cream and cocoa powder, whisking well until smooth.
Add chocolate chips and salt and stir.
Cook over low heat 1-2 hours.
Beat well until the chocolate is completely melted.
Add vanilla extract, whisk well and serve immediately.
Keep it warm, covered if served during the party, and stir before serving each time.
Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 7g | Trans fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 504IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 2mg