Hot Chocolate in the Slow Cooker is the easiest but BEST hot chocolate you’ll ever make. Using milk and half and half combines for the perfect chocolate decadence.
I finally found THE recipe that’s everything I’ve been looking for in homemade hot chocolate success. I’ve been looking for a long time and haven’t been satisfied with anything to share with you until now. Hot Chocolate In the Slow Cooker is creamy and perfectly chocolatey, smooth and satisfying, big emphasis on the smooth part. Satisfying yet irresistible. I mean it… irresistible. And did I say chocolatey?
How to make hot chocolate in a slow cooker-
Milk AND half-and-half- This perfect hot chocolate starts with milk and half-and-half. You can certainly use milk alone and it tastes “good”, but why not splurge a little here and use the half-and-half. You won’t be sorry.
Good quality chocolate chips-, semi-sweet or dark both work great, and a tiny dash of salt. That’s it!
A couple hours in the Crock Pot to fully melt the chocolate, and it’s ready to serve. That’s the other beauty about this recipe, it’s almost too easy. And because it’s so simple, easily change it up with a little peppermint, or peanut butter (my favorite), or cinnamon and cayenne for a Mexican hot chocolate.
I serve the hot chocolate here with spoons because we try to savor every sip. It’s just thick enough that the mini chocolate chip garnish stays on the surface, and a dollop of your favorite whipped cream is certainly pretty,
But everyone in my house thinks it’s at its best when served with no toppings… but we loved, loved, the peanut butter in the hot chocolate. And even though you could just serve the hot chocolate out of the crockpot after it’s finished cooking, if you want to make it several days ahead of time- keep it covered in your refrigerator for up to a week and reheat to steaming. This post makes me want more right now. Maybe this time I’ll add a little espresso for a mocha flavor, or how about malted milk, or raspberry puree? You get it, there’s no end to combinations. Just don’t pass this by. This hot chocolate is hawt! sorry 🙂
Hot Chocolate In the Slow Cooker
- 4 cups milk, any variety, warmed but not scolded in microwave (warming optional)
- 4 cups half-and-half, you could sub regular milk here but it won't be quite as creamy yummy
- 16 ounces mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet- or regular chips, rough chopped, dark is great too
- 2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar
- Dash salt
- Whipped cream, mini marshmallows, candy cane sticks, optional for topping and stirring
For Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate:
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
For Mexican Hot Chocolate:
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, more to taste
For Peppermint Hot Chocolate:
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Add 4 cups milk and 4 cups half-and-half to the insert, and then stir in 16 ounces chocolate chips, and 2 Tablespoons sugar. Add a dash of salt. If making flavored hot chocolate, add ½ cup peanut butter, or ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ⅛ teaspoon of cayenne, or ½ teaspoon mint now also.
- Stir everything together until the peanut butter has somewhat broken up a little
- Cover and cook on Low for 4 hours or on High for about 2 hours. Stir at the half-way point to combine everything and allow to cook completely, until smooth.
- Stir well again at finish and lade into mugs. Top with whipped cream, if you like and additional mini chocolate chips.
- If you'd like a smoother texture, you can strain the finished hot chocolate through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.
To Make Ahead:
- This hot chocolate is fabulous if made in advanced and then placed in refrigerator until needed for serving. Simply heat back up and serve.
- If serving this hot chocolate for a party, be sure to go over and stir it in the slow cooker once in awhile. The chocolate may settle just a little and if your slow cooker is very hot, a slight milk film may form on top. So, giving it a good stir every 30 minutes or so will resolve this issue.
Recipe adapted from 5 Ingredients or Less Slow Cooker Cookbook.
rachael e says
Why didn’t I find this in time for the Holidays!! I guess you can have hot cocoa anytime right 🙂 Great idea to make in the slow cooker too, helps keep it warm and super easy.
Cassandra Lipnicki says
Delicious, chocolaty and creamy! As per usual, your recipes are amazing!! I had this bookmarked since forever and today I made a half batch to try it out as I have a tobogganing party this weekend for my kids that I’m hosting. So I was wondering if you’ve done large batches of this? I have a huge slow cooker(7 qt I think). I need to make enough for around 45 people-how much more for cooking time? And what are your thoughts on reheating time? I’m thinking of doing it the day before and reheating it while everyone toboggans-approx an hour and a bit?
Any ideas would be great, thanks!!
Sally Humeniuk says
Hi Cassandra! I can’t believe you just posted this comment on the same day I’m working on Raspberry Hot Chocolate and Blackberry Hot Chocolate recipes for Valentine’s Day ;). Thanks so much for your kind words. Okay, for making a huge batch, I have tripled the recipe and I slow cooked it for three hours, watching and stirring occasionally. For reheating, I think if you just put it in the slow cooker while everyone is out tobogganing for the hour plus, that should be plenty of time. I don’t know if you strained the batch you just recently made but if not, maybe try it with this big batch when you make it ahead of time. Thanks again for your lovely comment today, and I hope this hot chocolate helps warm every person right to their heart. How fun! 🙂
Healthy Eating 101 says
A hot chocolate cup is my favourite habit in the morning and before sleeping during chilly winters. It’s such an exhilarating enjoyment as always xD
Sally Humeniuk says
Hi Natalie, agreed! 🙂
Very tasty!! Love this. 🙂
Does the plain hot chocolate still have peanut butter? Peanut butter is both listed in the main recipe and as an add in?
Jill, Sorry about that error on the printable recipe. No, only add the peanut butter if wanting the peanut butter cup hot chocolate. I’ve since corrected the recipe, so thanks for catching that.