Best Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate


This delicious crockpot hot chocolate is easy to make in the slow cooker.

a high angle view of a couple of clear mugs filled with creamy hot cocoa and topped with melting mini marshmallows.
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins

This easy Crock-Pot hot chocolate is easy to make with just five ingredients. Trust us: You'll want to bookmark this incredibly cozy slow cooker hot chocolate recipe ASAP.

Crock-Pot Hot Chocolate Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make the best slow cooker hot chocolate of your life:

· Milk: This easy slow cooker hot chocolate starts with regular milk (whole or reduced-fat will work best). If you use an alternative milk, opt for something creamy like oat milk.
· Chocolate chips: Semisweet chocolate chips create a perfectly balanced flavor. You could also use milk or dark chocolate chips.
· Heavy whipping cream: Heavy whipping cream is the key to a creamy, decadent, rich slow cooker hot chocolate.
· Sweetened condensed milk: Like so many decadent recipes, this hot chocolate calls for a can of sweetened condensed milk.
· Vanilla: A teaspoon of vanilla extract lends complexity and takes the overall flavor up a notch.

How to Make Crock-Pot Hot Chocolate

Making hot chocolate in the slow cooker truly couldn't be easier. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

Simply combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker, stir to combine, and cook on Low (stirring occasionally) until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

How to Serve Crock-Pot Hot Chocolate

Once you ladle the hot chocolate into a mug, the rest is up to you! Leave it plain or dress it up with your favorite toppings. Marshmallows are the traditional choice, of course, but that's not the only way to take your slow cooker hot chocolate up a notch. Try one (or more) of these tasty, festive garnishes:

· Whipped cream
· Candy canes
· Caramel sauce
· Cinnamon sticks
· Peppermint bark

More ideas: How to Set Up a Hot Chocolate Bar

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is delicious," raves tina. "I made it for a Christmas party. I was asked to make it again for a gathering at a friend's house. Kids and adults loved it. It also tasted great with a shot of spiced rum!!"

"This is very rich, but it is totally worth it," according to Paige. "I made it for a Christmas gathering, and it not only smelled divine while it was cooking but the looks on everyone's faces when they took a sip was worth it. This is what hot chocolate is supposed to be."

"I made this with dark chocolate morsels and it was a big hit," says NatashaL. "This hot chocolate had plenty of rich flavor and was simple to make. After trying this straight and with peppermint whipped cream, it's become our new favorite recipe."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 6 cups milk

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine milk, chocolate chips, cream, condensed milk, and vanilla in a slow cooker.

    slow cooker hot cocoa ingredients

    Allrecipes/Karen Hibbard

  2. Cover and cook on Low, stirring occasionally, until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is smooth, about 2 hours.

    slow cooker hot cocoa

    Allrecipes/Karen Hibbard

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

484 Calories
30g Fat
50g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 484
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 18g 91%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 47g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 317mg 24%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 515mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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