Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Cocoa in a Crockpot

This hot chocolate slow-cooker recipe goes perfectly with Christmas cookies or a cake! Make this delicious slow cooker hot chocolate cocoa this winter season for a Christmas party or other holiday gathering. It’s very simple – you make it in a slow cooker or Crockpot! It will be a hit in the cold weather for after caroling or served at a Christmas party.

Who wants to have hot chocolate waiting for them in a slow cooker after being out in the cold and snow?

I know I do!

Hey y’all, Tiffany here. My favorite season is winter – I love it when the first frost hits and the smell of snow hangs low in the air.

I love bundling in sweaters and scarves, seeing my breath in the air, and building snowmen (and giving name-brand Christmas gifts for less than retail price on Amazon that I find on this Facebook group)

I was born in Utah and returned to college as an adult. One of my favorite things to do was get hot chocolate and cuddle up with a book in the dorms at the end of a cold day. Hot chocolate is also the perfect drink after hitting up the Utah ski slopes!

My second favorite hot chocolate is from Starbucks – just their regular hot chocolate with a squirt of raspberry flavoring.  Mmmmmm.

However, my first favorite hot chocolate is the creamiest, most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted – and it’s made in a slow cooker.

This hot chocolate has become one of our favorite Christmas traditions. We always make this recipe each year for our Christmas party in our home. The first year, the entire crockpot was drained within the first 30 minutes!

We also served some of our favorite Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Christmas

If you’re throwing a Christmas party, don’t miss these posts for food, printables, and more!

It’s a recipe that a friend gave to us in a homemade cookbook of their favorite recipes; it has been one of our favorite wedding presents that we still use!

Just a few weeks ago (so 9 months later!) a gentleman at church introduced us to his visiting family as “the couple with the best house parties and most incredible hot chocolate I’ve ever had!”

This slow cooker hot chocolate pairs perfectly with these Hot Cocoa Cinnamon Rolls.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (12 oz) milk chocolate chips
  • 1tsp vanilla


Add all ingredients into your crockpot, and set it on “low.”  Cook for 2 hours, making sure to stir at least every 10 minutes. 

Once all the chocolate chips are melted, you can change the setting to “warm.”

Customize Your Crockpot Hot Cocoa

Love dark chocolate?  Or want to make the recipe your own?  Experiment with different flavors of chocolate chips!

You can also stir individual cups with flavored candy canes, or even top it with whipped cream and strawberry syrup.  Last winter, we bought Almond Joy flavored coffee creamer and added it to our hot chocolate – it was delicious!

We love having this hot chocolate in our family.  It’s a perfect way to cozy up as a family each night after we open Christmas gifts (which we spread out over several days so we can keep the focus on Christ).

You can pair it with these Egg Nog Cookies.

Toppings To Go With Your Hot Chocolate

Toppings To Go With Your Hot Chocolate

Now you’ve got the world’s best hot chocolate recipe, here are a few ideas to take it up a level with these delicious toppings to try!

Whipped Cream:

Who doesn’t love a dollop of fluffy whipped cream on their hot chocolate? It’s like a tasty treat for your taste buds, giving a creamy sweetness that balances the rich dark chocolate goodness. The fluffy whipped cream on top not only looks good but also adds extra yum to your hot cocoa.


Marshmallows and hot chocolate are like best friends—they just belong together! Drop a handful of these little marshmallows into your mug and see them melt into gooey perfection. It’s like a mini marshmallow party in your cup. Watching them bob on the surface of the hot chocolate is a playful act that brings back nostalgic and whimsical feelings. Mini marshmallows in real hot chocolate are a favorite for both kids and adults, especially during a cozy holiday party.

Chocolate Shavings:

For chocolate lovers seeking an extra dose of cocoa goodness, these chocolate bar shavings are the perfect topping for the perfect hot chocolate ever. Whether crafted from dark, milk, or white chocolate chips and cocoa powder, these delicate curls bring an intense burst of chocolatey goodness to every bite. As they slowly melt into the hot liquid, they enrich the drink with a decadent taste, providing a truly indulgent experience. Dark chocolate chips and shavings also elevate the presentation of the best hot chocolate ever, making it perfect for special occasions or gourmet treats.

Caramel Drizzle:

Want to enhance your hot chocolate experience? Try a drizzle of caramel sauce on top and get ready for a flavor sensation. The sweet, buttery notes of caramel perfectly complement the richness of the hot chocolate, creating a delightful blend of flavors. As the caramel mixes into the already warm cocoa, it adds a sweet touch that delights your taste buds with every sip. The beautiful marbling effect from the caramel drizzle also adds a touch of elegance to the drink, making it a visually stunning choice for sharing with guests or enjoying on a cozy evening.

Peppermint Sticks:

For a festive twist on traditional hot chocolate, consider adding a peppermint stick as a topping. Add a refreshing twist to your hot chocolate with a touch of both peppermint extract and vanilla extracts. The cool, minty flavor contrasts beautifully with the creamy richness of the chocolate, creating a delightful blend of tastes and textures. As the peppermint stick dissolves into the hot liquid, it leaves behind a refreshing essence, leaving your palate with a lingering minty freshness.

Toppings To Go With Your Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon Sprinkle:

Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on your hot semi-sweet chocolate for a warm, cozy flavor that perfectly complements the rich chocolate goodness. It’s like a comforting sip of hot chocolate warm, with a hint of spice that tickles your taste buds, warming you from the inside out.

Toasted Coconut Flakes:

Give your hot chocolate a tropical vibe by adding some toasted coconut flakes on top. The nutty, slightly sweet flavor of the coconut brings a deliciously exotic touch to the rich flavor of your drink, making each sip feel like a getaway to a sunny island paradise.

Miniature Chocolate Chips:

Love milk chocolate chips? Toss in some mini semi-sweet chocolate chips into your hot chocolate. They melt, creating pockets of melted chocolate goodness that burst with every sip. It’s like a chocolate explosion in your mouth!

Hazelnut Spread Swirl:

Get inspired by the beloved chocolate hazelnut spread and stir in a spoonful of cocoa powder into your hot chocolate. The creamy hazelnut richness perfectly blends with the smooth cocoa powder, creating an irresistible, decadent chocolate flavor, that’s perfect, especially on Christmas Eve.

Whiskey-infused Whipped Cream:

Give your hot chocolate a grown-up twist! Make some whiskey-infused whipped cream and plop a dollop on top. The creamy blend of heavy whipping cream with a hint of whiskey adds a touch of sophistication, turning your hot chocolate into a cozy cocktail perfect for a chilly evening.

With these additional toppings, you’ll have even more ways to customize your hot chocolate and make it your favorite toppings. Whether you prefer the classic combination of whipped cream milk chocolate chips and marshmallows’ best hot chocolate, or you’re feeling adventurous with hazelnut spread and whiskey-infused whipped cream.

There’s no limit to the delicious creations you can come up with to make sure the chocolate is this great recipe. So go ahead, get creative, and treat yourself to a hot chocolate slow cooker recipe that’s as unique as much hot chocolate as you are!

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