Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate


Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate recipe that is to die for!  This easy hot cocoa will warm you up on those cozy, cold winter days and is a great hot drink to serve for Christmas.  I make this for every party in the colder months.

Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe - throw all of the ingredients in your slow cooker and have the perfect beverage for keeping warm all winter long and for Christmas!

If you’re “lucky” enough to live in a part of the country that’s snowy and cold all winter long, then you can really use some warming up on those freezing cold days.  Whether you call it hot chocolate or hot cocoa (what DO you call it, by the way?) you will LOVE this smooth and comforting creamy crock pot hot chocolate recipe for the slow cooker.  Whatever you call it, it is absolutely delicious and perfect on a cold day and is a must try for special occasions or just a lazy winter day spent at home.  I made it again recently for my family and they all raved about it and said it was the best hot chocolate they have ever had.  It would be hard to go back to the hot cocoa packets after trying this – be warned!

This would be great to serve at your Christmas Eve parties! Just saying…

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Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe (Slow Cooker). For parties, holidays, pot lucks, cold winter days.

This is a really great hands-off and super easy way to make hot chocolate for a party, Christmas, or any holiday gathering…basically anywhere there will be a good crowd of people!  I made a double batch of this for my big Groundhog day party and it made my life a heck of a lot easier so I could concentrate on the rest of the food-making.

Mouthwatering, decadent Crock Pot Hot Chocolate (this coming from someone who isn’t even crazy about chocolate)…..once you try this hot chocolate recipe, you won’t go back to store bought packets, I promise you that.

What is your favorite hot chocolate topping?

Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe (Slow Cooker). For parties, holidays, pot lucks, cold winter days.

Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe (Slow Cooker). For parties, holidays, pot lucks, cold winter days.

Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate recipe that is easy to make and perfect drink for the winter holidays.

Watch my How To Video with Tips on Making This Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate!

Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings, double this recipe for a party
Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate, or hot cocoa, recipe to warm you up on those cold winter days. It is a great hot drink to serve for Christmas or a party.
  • 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups of milk chocolate chips (can also use half semi-sweet)
I doubled this for a large party and used a 6.5 quart crock pot which was filled almost to the very top
  1. Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and chocolate chips in a 5 quart crock pot (if doubling, use a 6-7 quart slow cooker/crock pot).
  2. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally with whisk, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted.
  3. Once it is heated through and chocolate is melted, switch the slow cooker to the warm setting. Stir again before serving. (If you have trouble getting the chocolate to melt, turn to high temporarily).
  4. Garnish individual cups of hot chocolate with whipped cream or marshmallows.

Recipe source: adapted from

Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate - throw all of the ingredients in your slow cooker and have the perfect beverage for keeping warm all winter long!

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62 Responses to “Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate”

  1. February 4, 2014 at 6:47 AM #

    I definitely don’t live in a cold part of the country, but it’s freezing and rainy here today! Would LOVE to stay home with a cup of this yummy hot chocolate!

    • February 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM #

      Rain counts as a hot chocolate day! 🙂

      • Nadine
        November 26, 2016 at 7:42 PM #

        Made a batch today~ LOVE IT! Doubled the recipe though so there will be some left over…Can it be put in the freeze to be used later or what is the best storing method?

        • November 26, 2016 at 8:07 PM #

          Yes I have frozen it and reheated later on! So glad you liked it!

      • mom of 5
        November 26, 2016 at 7:48 PM #

        can left overs be frozen?

        • November 26, 2016 at 8:07 PM #

          Yes! I have done that before!

  2. February 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM #

    Do I *have* to share this, or can I drink it all for myself? 😉

    • February 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM #

      Sharing is not mandatory!! 😉

  3. February 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM #

    Ashley – me oh my – this hot chocolate sounds sinfully delicious!

    • February 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

      Thanks Shashi!!

  4. February 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM #

    Mmmmm this reminds me of having sledding parties at my house and my mom would make a crock-pot full of hot chocolate!


    • February 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

      Awwww what a great idea!

  5. February 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM #

    What a great way to fill up hot cocoa mugs quickly! I love this idea, Ashley!

  6. February 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM #

    I had no clue you could make hot chocolate in the crock pot! What a lovely treat to come home to after a long hard day! Now all I’m missing is a blanket 🙂

  7. February 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM #

    Your hot cocoa sounds rich and delicious. I would love to top with cinnamon. Take Care, BAM

  8. February 5, 2014 at 12:02 AM #

    This looks like a great idea for a large group!

  9. February 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM #

    Dangerous recipe! 😉 My husband said me yesterday “you’re craving chocolate, aren’t you?” Uhh, yes…

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:24 PM #

      Of course you are! And you should eat all that you want since you are pregnant 🙂

  10. February 5, 2014 at 3:54 PM #

    I use the terms hot chocolate and hot cocoa interchangeably, but I’m using one term to describe this: DELICIOUS! I had no idea you could make hot cocoa in the crockpot but now my crockpot will pretty much be exclusively used for this reason only 🙂

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:24 PM #

      The best use of the crock pot, in my opinion 🙂

  11. February 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM #

    Lov hot chocolate! Marshmallows all the way for me. 🙂

  12. February 7, 2014 at 6:15 PM #

    I want chocolate so badly right now 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • February 8, 2014 at 12:59 PM #

      Haha story of my life!

  13. February 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM #

    Great idea for parties! Hot cocoa is a huge hit here, especially when we are covered in snow 😀

  14. February 8, 2014 at 5:11 PM #

    Whoa! I almost want to jump in that crockpot of hot chocolate and go swimming! It looks fabulous.

  15. February 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM #

    …Yum, that looks wonderful! Never thought about making it in a crockpot, that’s cool!

    check out my recent post, cheesecake with strawberry topping!

    Michael 🙂

    • February 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM #

      It’s so easy in the crock pot!

  16. February 10, 2014 at 2:02 AM #

    Okay, this looks great, BUT we have to back up and talk about the “someone who’s not crazy about chocolate” part. *needle scratch* WHAT?! I need to know more!

    • February 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM #

      I know! I’m insane!

  17. February 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM #

    I love the idea of hot chocolate in a crock pot but I never tried it. This is about to change, it looks incredible!

    • February 10, 2014 at 9:52 PM #

      Try it!! It’s the best!

  18. February 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

    I’ve always wanted to make this and never took the time to do it! Thanks for the recipe! I am going to love this tonight!

  19. Cathy
    February 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM #

    I have been wanting to make hot chocolate for my students. This might work. ..15 students???

    • February 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM #

      I would double it for 15 people! They will love it!

  20. Kp
    September 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM #

    Can you use white chocolate chips to make white cocoa?

    • September 24, 2014 at 2:01 AM #

      I think that would work fine!!

    • Carly
      December 5, 2016 at 9:16 AM #

      Tried it with white chocolate and it came out a bit too sweet. We needed to add more milk to mellow it out and I still had a hard time finishing a full cup.

  21. Tanya Fleitman
    December 16, 2014 at 9:13 AM #

    Since we have milk-allergies in the family, and those same family members love hot chocolate, I’d LOVE to hear your or any recommendations for milk-free substitutes or recipes.

  22. Donna Kellis
    December 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM #

    I saw the page on a facebook message from a friend, about your blog, and especially about the wonderful Hot Cocoa/chocolate made in a crock pot! Amazing idea! Making for my family for Christmas. Love your sites.

  23. Melissa Gregorio
    December 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM #

    I live in Upstate Ny where it gets very cold and lots of snow. I think im gonna try this because there are 7 kids alone in this house and 2 boxes of the store bought hot chocolate seem to disappear within 2 days. Plus the 3 adults in the house like hot chocolate as well. Thank you very much for the idea to make it in the crockpot.

    • Branden Frankowski
      December 29, 2015 at 2:52 AM #

      I’m from buffalo And I wait to try this this week especially with this cold weather we’re having

      • December 29, 2015 at 2:57 PM #

        Thanks, Branden! yes – it got SO cold all of a sudden!

  24. penny
    December 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM #

    Hello! I was wondering if you could do this in a large stock pot? only because I think I would have to triple the recipe and I don’t have a crock pot large enough?

    • December 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM #

      That’s probably fine but be very careful about not letting it burn on the bottom! I would stir very frequently. :). Enjoy!

  25. Donna Lane
    October 28, 2015 at 5:15 PM #

    I fixed this today. It is very creamy and chocolatey. My only issue was the hot chocolate didn’t get hot enough on the low setting. I turned it to high the last 30 minutes and it was the perfect temperature.

    • October 28, 2015 at 5:17 PM #

      Thanks for letting me know, Donna!! It’s so hard to predict how long crock pots take since they are all so different (older ones cook slower, etc.). I’m glad it turned out great for you!

  26. December 21, 2015 at 6:31 PM #

    I love all the recipes you can make with a crock pot! This looks delicious!

    • December 21, 2015 at 6:38 PM #

      Awww thanks girl!! I appreciate it!!

  27. Susan B
    December 24, 2015 at 9:44 PM #

    I made this but it was too chocolatey for us. Tasted like melted chocolate bars. I tweaked it to a half gallon of milk and 1.5 cups chips, other ingredients the same as the recipe and its perfect!

  28. Kim
    October 23, 2016 at 11:37 PM #

    I made this a couple weekends ago,and loved it,but was wandering about making this in a coffee urn instead of the crock would make it easier for serving.have you ever made it like that?

    • October 24, 2016 at 1:40 AM #

      I haven’t so I’m sorry that I can’t be of more help!! If you try it please let me know how it turns out 🙂 I actually just made this again tonight and my family all raved about it!

  29. Mary
    November 24, 2016 at 8:55 PM #

    Never gets real cold here. We have even worn summer clothes at Christmas, but I love hot cocoa. I may have to run the air conditioner to drink the cocoa.

  30. Barb
    December 3, 2016 at 1:18 PM #

    How long can you leave it in the crockpot? Say, several days?

    • December 3, 2016 at 7:21 PM #

      If you make it ahead of time I would store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

  31. Kristina
    December 6, 2016 at 11:08 AM #

    My daughter’s class is having Pajama Day and the teacher wants to serve Hot Chocolate. This is PERFECT for sending in ahead and keeping warm. Question for you…when you say 6-8 servings is that large cups? Small? I have 20 1st graders to serve. The cups will only be filled about 3/4 of the way or just under. Trying to decide if I need to double or triple the recipe. Thanks!

    • December 6, 2016 at 12:40 PM #

      Those are decent size cups! Hope you love it! 🙂

  32. RJ
    December 19, 2016 at 2:23 AM #

    I made this for my daughter’s Christmas party and it was gone before I could get a second cup. I believe the adults kept it a secret and drank it instead of the kids. Thank you for sharing.

  33. C L A
    December 19, 2016 at 7:15 PM #

    This is EXTREMELY sweet… if we make again, we will use evaporated milk, NOT sweetened condensed…


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