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CrockPot Hot Chocolate

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CrockPot hot chocolate is a rich, decadent, and easy way to enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa without using the stovetop! 

The CrockPot makes classic hot chocolate even easier, and it’s ready whenever you’d like to enjoy a glass without using hot chocolate mix. Top it with eggnog whipped cream, mini marshmallows, or your other favorite hot chocolate toppings!

A cup of CrockPot hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.


Hot chocolate is the perfect Christmas eve drink, and great after a busy day in the cold. The slow cooker never gets hot enough to burn milk on low, so you can keep it warm until you come inside! 

The best homemade hot chocolate is made with simple ingredients. We love a classic, rich, creamy hot chocolate without condensed milk.

How To Make CrockPot Hot Chocolate

Slow cooker hot chocolate is as easy as adding the ingredients in and turning it on!

  1. Add milk, heavy cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, and chocolate to a slow cooker.
  2. Whisk until cocoa powder is combined, and turn slow cooker to low.
  3. Slow cook for 1 hour or until heated through and chocolate is melted.
  4. Serve with your favorite hot chocolate toppings.

A CrockPot filled with slow cooker hot chocolate next to a tea towel.


The Best Hot Chocolate Toppings

One of our favorite hot chocolate party ideas is putting the toppings out in ramekins. Everyone can choose their own hot chocolate toppings, and it’s always a hit with kids!

Here are some of our favorite hot chocolate toppings:

  • Whipped cream
  • Candy cane pieces
  • Mini chocolate chips (milk and white chocolate)
  • Mini marshmallows (mulit-colored and white)
  • Large marshmallows
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Crushed Skor pieces
  • Cinnamon, cinnamon sticks
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Crushed Oreos 
  • Caramel sauce
  • Chocolate sauce


Two glasses of hot chocolate with chocolate chips and whipped cream.

Tips For Making CrockPot Hot Chocolate

Some quick tips to ensure the slow cooker hot chocolate comes out rich and creamy every time:

  • For CrockPot white hot chocolate, substitute the semisweet chocolate for white chocolate.
  • For adult hot chocolates, add an ounce of Bailey’s or Kahlua while serving.
  • For sweeter hot chocolate, adjust the sugar to ½ cup.
  • If making in advance, keep the CrockPot or slow cooker on a low or warm setting. 
  • If doubling the recipe, add 1 hour to the cooking time.
  • Semisweet mini chocolate chips work well as the chocolate in this recipe and double as a topping!

How To Store Leftover Hot Chocolate

Leftover hot chocolate? It’s easy to store, reheat, and use in other recipes!

Store it in the fridge in an airtight container or pitcher. Leftover hot chocolate will last up to 5 days in the fridge. Hot chocolate does not freeze well. 

Leftover hot chocolate is delicious in place of milk in recipes like pancakes, waffles, or even in cereal! 

To reheat leftover CrockPot hot chocolate, place it in a pot over medium-low heat and heat slowly, ensuring the milk doesn’t burn. 

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CrockPot Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Bailey
CrockPot hot chocolate is rich, creamy, decadent, and easy thanks to the slow cooker!
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  • 8 cups milk 4 pints
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  • Set CrockPot to low.
  • Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Whisk until no lumps of cocoa powder remain.
  • Cook on low for 1 hour or until heated and chocolate is melted, stirring every 20 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite hot chocolate toppings.
Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 833IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 2mg

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CrockPot hot chocolate in a clear glass with whipped cream and marshmallows.

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