Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

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This Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is perfect for cold weather. It’s a steaming mug of chocolatey goodness with milk, cream, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate chips made in your crock pot.

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hot chocolate in the crock pot

Why You’ll Love It

  • You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to make up a batch of hot chocolate; Just add all of the ingredients and let them heat up!
  • You have full control over your recipe, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. Adjust the sweetness level or choose your favorite type of chocolate effortlessly.
  • When you make homemade hot chocolate, anytime! Keep these ingredients on hand and make up a batch whenever you want.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredients for crock pot hot chocolate
  • Whole milk – I like whole milk for this recipe just because it helps with the creaminess. You could use whatever milk you like.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate – You can use chocolate chips or chocolate bars. Dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate will all work.
  • Heavy cream – You can use heavy cream or half and half.
  • Sweetened condensed milk Using sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar adds a sweet creaminess.
  • Vanilla extract – Adds a mild vanilla flavor. You can leave it out if you want.
  • Toppings – These are optional, but fun! Whipped cream, chocolate shavings, cinnamon, marshmallows, and sprinkles.

Equipment Needed

a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows

Tips & Notes

  • If the mixture is too thick for your liking add more milk.
  • If you have chocolate chips don’t incorporate fully use a stick blender quickly to break it up.
  • If you are in a hurry you can use the high setting on your Crock Pot, just make sure to watch it closely so the chocolate doesn’t burn.
  • You can use different types of chocolate. Experiment with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and even white chocolate.

How to Make Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

Step One: Combine the Ingredients

Hot chocolate warming in the crock pot

Combine the whole milk, semi-sweet chocolate chips, heavy cream, condensed milk, and vanilla extract in the crockpot. Stir the mixture well to incorporate the condensed milk in with the rest of the ingredients.

Step Two: Heating the Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate in the crock pot

Put the lid on the Crock Pot and cook on low, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Approximately 2 hours.

Step Three: Serve

Pouring a mug of hot chocolate from the crock pot

Whisk the hot chocolate to ensure all of the chocolate is melted and smooth. Ladle into mugs and serve with your favorite toppings.

How to Serve and Store

Serve the hot chocolate directly out of the Crock Pot when we have guests over. Just switch your Crock Pot to keep warm mode and leave a ladle nearby so guests can serve themselves directly from the pot. You can also put it in an insulated carafe for easy serving.

Because this hot chocolate has milk and heavy cream in it, don’t allow the hot chocolate to sit in the Crock Pot on warm for more than two hours.

To store, refrigerate in a covered container for up to 5 days. Reheat it in a saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat or warm in the microwave taking care not to let it boil.

Make it part of a hot chocolate sharing board for a fun presentation for guests.

How to Make a Hot Chocolate Sharing Board

Why not build a beautiful sharing board around this delicious hot chocolate that is made for a crowd. It’s so easy! Okay, there’s a bit more to it than just adding piles of good food to a board, but it’s not much more difficult than that.

Hot Chocolate Sharing Board

Once you’ve got a your hot chocolate made, half the job is done. What is left to do is to arrange your toppings.

  • Arrange your hot chocolate in a central location along with the mugs.
  • Arrange smaller items in bowls for easy access.
  • Cut up chocolate bars or chocolate candy so that they melt quickly.
  • Whip cream doesn’t hold its shape once it starts to warm up. You might want to use a stainless steal whip cream dispenser that keeps it cold.
  • Add all of your favorite hot chocolate toppings but also cookies and candies you love. The more the merrier.

What is the Difference Between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa?

Two mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows

Hot chocolate and hot cocoa are both comforting beverages, but they differ in their ingredients and flavors.

When you order a cup of hot chocolate, you’re in for a rich and indulgent treat. Hot chocolate is made by melting real chocolate into milk or cream, resulting in a rich and creamy concoction with a deep chocolate taste.

On the other hand, hot cocoa is a simpler drink created by mixing cocoa powder with sugar and hot milk or water, offering a lighter and more nostalgic cocoa flavor. Hot cocoa has a more subtle chocolate flavor compared to hot chocolate.

Variations and Add-ins

  • Spice it up – Use spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder, and even cayenne pepper.
  • Add flavorings – Use peppermint or orange extract, flavored syrups, caramel sauce, or Dalgona whipped coffee.
  • Make it boozie – Add peppermint schnapps, rum chata, or kahlua.
  • Add your favorite toppings – There are so many great toppings such as whipped cream, marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, candy canes, and sprinkles.
a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows

Questions About the Recipe

Do you make Crock Pot hot chocolate with milk or water?

For a richer and creamier hot chocolate, it’s generally better to use milk instead of water. In this recipe, whole milk and heavy cream are incorporated to achieve the perfect creamy texture.

How long does it take a crock pot to heat hot chocolate?

It can take 2 hours on a low setting to heat hot chocolate to the desired temperature. It’s essential to periodically check and stir the hot chocolate to ensure it doesn’t scorch or overheat. The goal is to have a smooth hot chocolate ready to enjoy.

How long can you keep hot chocolate warm in the Crock Pot?

Because this hot chocolate has milk and heavy cream in it, don’t allow the hot chocolate to sit in the Crock Pot on warm for more than two hours.

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hot chocolate in the crock pot

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

This Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is perfect for cold weather. Create a steaming mug of chocolatey goodness by warming whole milk, cream, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate chips together.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chips, Cream, Milk, Sugar
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 3 minutes
Servings: 14 Servings
Calories: 309kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (1 l) whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (270 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups (355 ml) heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup (158 ml) sweetened condensed milk half a can
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Combine the milk, chocolate chips, heavy cream, condensed milk, and vanilla extract in the crockpot.
  • Cook on low with the lid on, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Approximately 2 hours.
  • Serve with desired toppings.

Equipment Needed

Notes

  • If the mixture is too thick for your liking add more milk.
  • If you have chocolate chips don’t incorporate fully use a stick blender quickly to break it up.
  • If you are in a hurry you can use the high setting on your Crock Pot, just make sure to watch it closely so the chocolate doesn’t burn.
  • You can use different types of chocolate. Experiment with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and even white chocolate.

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 1mg

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