This Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is dreamy and creamy, made with chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk to make it extra silky.
It’s always a win with hot chocolate. Especially when there’s REAL melted chocolate in it!
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Crockpot hot chocolate, especially when it’s homemade, is MAGICAL. It starts with a sweet base made from condensed milk and cocoa to make sure there are no lumps, and then everything else is melted in. It’s the perfect winter crock pot drink for parties, holidays, or a cozy weekend at home. The slow cooker makes it so simple to make, plus keeps it the perfect temperature for serving.
Homemade slow cooker hot chocolate is PERFECT for larger groups of people. PLUS:
- There’s real melted chocolate in it.
- It smells amazing, like baking a chocolate cake.
- SO EASY to make. The slow cooker is a very convenient method of making this!
- You can make it ahead!
Here’s what we’re working with to make the homemade Hot Chocolate in the slow cooker. As always, you can find the full list of ingredients located in the printable recipe card below.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Vanilla Extract
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Milk – whole or 2%
- Evaporated Milk – to make it extra creamy!
- Chocolate Chips – use semi-sweet chocolate chips to avoid over sweetening the drink.
How To Make Hot Chocolate in the Slow Cooker
I’ll walk you through the correct order of how to make hot chocolate. It’s super easy, just important to follow the step in order so there’s no lumps!
Make The Base
Combine the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder in the bowl of your slow cooker. Use a whisk to combine and make sure the cocoa powder is fully incorporated and smooth. Pour in the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine.
Add Chocolate and Milk
Pour in the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 2 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure the chocolate is melting into the drink mix.
Once the chocolate is melted through, and the drink mix is warm, you can enjoy! Keep the slow cooker on “warm” setting and stir occasionally to prevent a film from collecting on the top layer of the hot chocolate while serving.
Variations and Substitutions
- Serve topped with whipped cream or mini marshmallows!
- Add peppermint chips or a candy cane for a minty twist.
- Add a drizzle of chocolate or caramel syrup to make it extra fun.
I love to serve the hot chocolate in these double walled glass mugs! I found them on Amazon and they’re just so cute and festive!
How To Store
Can I Make This Ahead? Yes! Simply make the recipe as directed, and refrigerate.
To Refrigerate: Bring to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 7 days.
To Reheat: Once you’re ready to serve simply reheat on the stove top or back in the slow cooker until warmed through.
More Cozy Winter Slow Cooker Recipes
As the seasons transition, there’s nothing better than being at home with a warm treat! Here are a few of our families’ favorite fall and winter recipes for the slow cooker.
- Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Sauce
- Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole
- Crock Pot Pumpkin Chocolate Lava Cake
- Crock Pot Sweet Potato Casserole
You can’t lose with homemade hot chocolate in a slow cooker! I hope you enjoy this lovely warm drink as much as we do.
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Hershey's
- 6 cups milk, whole or 2%
- 24 oz evaporated milk
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Combine the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and cocoa powder in the bowl of your slow cooker. Use a whisk to combine and make sure the cocoa powder is fully incorporated and smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine.
- Cover and cook on LOW heat for 2 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure the chocolate is melting into the drink mix.
- Once the chocolate is melted through, and the drink mix is warm, you can enjoy! Keep the slow cooker on "warm" setting and stir occasionally to prevent a film from collecting on the top layer of the hot chocolate while serving.
- You can also prepare this hot chocolate on the stove top and then transfer the mixture to the slow cooker when it’s combined.