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Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

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Ready to whip up the creamiest, dreamiest, and best hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted? Our crock pot hot chocolate recipe is here to make your cocoa Christmas dreams come true.

homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows sitting in a teal mug.

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe

With just a few ingredients like rich chocolate chips, heavy cream, and your trusty crock pot, you’re heading to a mug of homemade hot chocolate perfect for chilly evenings and holiday parties.


  • 12 oz. chocolate chips (Milk chocolate is preferred for a sweeter taste, but dark chocolate was used here.)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk (1 can)
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Marshmallows for serving

How to make hot chocolate in a crock pot

Combine Hot Chocolate Ingredients

In a slow cooker, add 12 oz. chocolate chips, 3 cups milk, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 12 oz. evaporated milk, and one teaspoon vanilla extract.

Stir well to mix the ingredients.

adding chocolate chips, cream, evaporated milk, and vanilla to crock pot.

Slow Cook:

Set your slow cooker to low heat. Let the cocoa mixture heat for 4-6 hours, stirring every hour. This helps the chocolate chips melt evenly and combine all the flavors.

  • Again, you need to stir every hour. You cannot set this and go to work.


Ladle the cocoa into mugs once the cocoa is hot and the chocolate is fully melted. Top each serving with marshmallows.

hot chocolate in a crock pot.

Note: If you’re using a punch ladle for serving, you can get a smooth pour by tilting the ladle slightly.

  • Feel free to adapt the recipe to your tastes and share your cozy moments with loved ones.

What are the best chocolate chips to use?

Choosing between milk, dark, or semi-sweet chocolate chips comes down to personal preference.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips are your best bet for a classic hot chocolate flavor.

chocolate chips in a glass bowl.

How Long Should I Cook Hot Chocolate in a Crock Pot?

The ideal cooking time for hot chocolate in a crock pot is about 4-6 hours on low.

This allows the chocolate to melt thoroughly and blend with the milk without risking burning.

ladle hot chocolate from crock pot.

How Can I Make My Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Creamy?

For a creamy texture, consider a splash of heavy cream towards the end of the cooking process.

What are some excellent mix-ins or toppings for Hot Chocolate?

The possibilities are endless when it comes to your favorite toppings! Marshmallows, peppermint extract, whipped cream, and a dash of salt or cinnamon are common choices.

For a seasonal holiday twist, try peppermint sticks (candy canes) or a drizzle of caramel sauce. A sprinkle of crushed cookies can add a little crunch to the mug.

Can I make a large batch for a party?

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is perfect for all your Christmas parties! Simply double or triple the ingredients based on your guest count. But do not forget to stir, stir, stir!

Is it Possible to Make Hot Chocolate Without a Slow Cooker?

While a crock pot is ideal to keep it warm all night, you can use a stovetop. With a heavy-bottomed pot on the lowest heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning. My very favorite way to make it on the stovetop is this French hot chocolate recipe that incorporates coffee for a deeper taste.

How Do I Prevent the Hot Chocolate from Burning or Sticking to the Crock Pot?

Regular stirring is critical to preventing melted chocolate from burning or sticking.

A thin layer of butter or non-stick spray applied to the crock pot before adding ingredients can help safeguard against sticking.

Can I add alcohol to make spiked hot chocolate?

Transform hot chocolate into a grown-up treat by adding a splash of your favorite liqueur.

Baileys, Kahlua, or peppermint schnapps are fantastic choices, blending seamlessly for a spirited beverage.

hot chocolate with marshmallows in a blue mug sitting by a crock pot.
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Crock Pot Hot Chocolate (Real Chocolate Chips)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Velvety smooth and creamy hot chocolate with real chocolate chips and cream is a decadent and delicious way to enjoy a holiday homemade beverage. Keep hot chocolate warm all party long with this crock pot recipe.


  • Crock Pot


  • 12 oz. chocolate chips Milk chocolate is preferred for a sweeter taste
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk 1 can
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Marshmallows for serving


  • Combine Ingredients in Crock Pot: In your crock pot, add 12 oz. chocolate chips, 3 cups milk, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 12 oz. evaporated milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir the mixture well to ensure all the ingredients are combined.
  • Slow Cook: Set your crock pot to low heat. Allow the hot chocolate mixture to heat for 4-6 hours, stirring every hour to help the chocolate chips melt evenly and to combine the flavors thoroughly. Remember, this recipe requires occasional stirring, so it's not a "set and forget" process.
  • Serve: Once the hot chocolate is hot and the chocolate has fully melted, ladle the cocoa into mugs. If using a punch ladle for serving, tilt it slightly to ensure a smooth pour and avoid spills. Top each serving with marshmallows and a dollop of whipped cream for an added touch of sweetness.


Chocolate Chips: While this recipe used dark chocolate chips, you can choose milk, dark, or semi-sweet chocolate chips based on your preference. Semi-sweet chips are recommended for a classic flavor that’s generally appealing. Milk chocolate is recommended for the best sweetness. 
Favorite toppings – Marshmallows, whipped cream, caramel, candy cane stir sticks.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 550kcal

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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