We all love hot chocolate—so much that even a cup made with powdered mix hits the spot. But the instant stuff has nothing on a real cooked version made with chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, milk and cream.
This slow-cooker hot chocolate recipe allows the simple ingredients to meld together over a low heat, resulting in a luxurious drink with a smooth and velvety texture and the depth and creaminess of real chocolate and cream. And because it's made in a slow cooker, you can set it and forget it while you go about your day. You don't need to stand by the stovetop stirring. The cooker also keeps it hot for parties and movie nights!
You can double the recipe for more servings depending on your slow-cooker size. Easy to prepare and even easier to drink, it's the kind of comfort drink that warms you and leaves you smiling!
Video: Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Things You'll Need
1 quart slow cooker
Toppings of your choice, like marshmallows, whipped cream or chocolate syrup
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
5 Tbsp. cocoa powder
6 tsp. white granulated sugar
3 1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1. Add ingredients
Add all the hot chocolate ingredients to the slow-cooker pot, starting with the chocolate chips and cocoa powder so the liquids don't splash.
2. Stir ingredients
Stir ingredients. It's OK if it's not smooth. Everything will melt together as the mixture heats.
3. Slow cook
Cover and cook on low heat for about 2 hours. Stir occasionally until everything is melted.
4. Ladle into cups
Ladle hot chocolate into warm cups. Set the slow cooker on a warm setting to keep the remaining liquid hot and ready to serve.
If you'd like to spice things up, this is when you can add a little something extra, like cinnamon, a touch of cayenne pepper, caramel or espresso powder.
5. Top it up!
Add marshmallows, chocolate syrup or any other toppings and enjoy!