Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

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Slow cooker hot chocolate is extra creamy and makes plenty of servings for holiday entertaining. Try this delicious homemade recipe today!

Cozy up with a warm mug of this incredible cocoa – you’ll never go back to instant packets again!

This creamy hot chocolate recipe makes enough for the whole family whether you want an afternoon treat or you’re filling mugs on your way out the door.

It’s perfect for parties too! Simply mix everything together and let the crockpot do the rest.

Looking for more wintertime drink recipes? You’ll love Wassail, a spiced apple cider drink that can also be prepared in the crockpot. We also have a fabulous Italian hot chocolate that is sure to warm you up!

And if you’re feeling crafty, try your hand at the trendy cocoa bombs that melt right in your mug.

spoonful of slow cooker hot chocolate

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate – Tips and Tricks

  • Use quality ingredients. While store brands will still be tasty, there’s a noticeable difference in flavor when using more gourmet varieties of cocoa and baking chips.
  • Whisk it first. Get as much of the cocoa and sugar dissolved in the liquid as you can before adding in the semi-sweet chips.
  • Too rich? This is a very creamy hot chocolate recipe, but you can easily replace some of the heavy cream with more milk or use reduced-fat milk entirely.
  • Make a double batch. As long as your crockpot is large enough, you can easily increase the ingredients as needed.
crockpot hot chocolate recipe ingredients in bowls

Topping Ideas

If you’re hosting a get-together, set up a cocoa bar and let guests come up with their own concoctions!

Set out bowls filled with extra marshmallows, crushed peppermint candies, and crumbled cookies to sprinkle on top. Cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice, and chai mix would also be delicious.

Add containers of store bought or homemade whipped cream and caramel sauce. You could even have some flavored liqueurs handy for the adults such as Baileys, Kahlua, or Frangelico.

pouring whole milk into crockpot with sweet ingredients

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Slow Cooker – Great for soups, roasts, shredded chicken, and more! I love it in the cooler months, but it’s also great in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the whole house with the oven.
  • Ladle – A must for dishing up your homemade hot chocolate!
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons – You may be tempted to eyeball the amounts, but I recommend using the proper tools so it comes out just right.
mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows

FAQ – Common Recipe Questions

How do I store leftover slow cooker hot chocolate?

Transfer any remaining beverage to a sealed container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove.

Can I keep this on warm throughout the day?

Yes, but it may develop a film over the top. Just give it a good stir and still add the marshmallows just before serving. Or, add them to individual mugs instead.

two mugs of slow cooker hot chocolate

How do I adjust the flavor of homemade hot chocolate?

For the drink itself, you can vary the amount of sugar and the types of cocoa and baking chips to your preference. A typical ratio is one part unsweetened cocoa to two parts sugar.

Swap the semi-sweet with milk chocolate chips for a milder flavor or use dark for something richer. You can also substitute some white chips for a “black and white” concoction.

spoonful of peppermint hot chocolate


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spoonful of hot cocoa with marshmallows

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Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Donna Elick
Slow cooker hot chocolate is extra creamy and makes plenty of servings for holiday entertaining. Try this delicious homemade recipe today!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Method Slow Cooker
Servings 8


  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows, for garnish


  • Combine all ingredients except marshmallows in a slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Cook, covered, until everything is melted, stirring occasionally, 2 hours on LOW.
  • Ten minutes before serving, add marshmallows and let them get melty.
  • Garnish with more mini marshmallows, and additional toppings crushed peppermint, chocolate shavings, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, caramel sauce, etc


Serving: 1 | Calories: 505cal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 92mg | Sugar: 42g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published October 2021

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I’m so going to make this for christmas eve, and probably many more times! This tasted so much better than the packaged hot chocolate.

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