Best Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe

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This Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe is the perfect homemade hot chocolate to serve up to the whole family on a cold day.

cup of slow cooker hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top

I don’t know a single person that doesn’t love chocolate and chocolate in a warm drink? It might as well be heaven in a cup.

If you ask me, nothing beats a warm drink made with real milk, heavy whipping cream, real chocolate and vanilla.

This truly is the best hot chocolate and since it’s so easy to make, you can make it for a large crowd such as holiday parties. I am sure it will be a huge hit!

You can even make it alongside a hot cocoa bar with different mix-ins such as peppermint sticks, mini marshmallows, caramel sauce, etc.

clear mug of slow cooker hot chocolate

Looking for another creamy hot chocolate recipe? Try our Grinch Hot Cocoa and Elsa Hot Cocoa recipes.

Things to Note:

  • You can use candy canes as stirrers
  • You can customize this recipe to fit your liking such as using milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips or even white chocolate chips instead.
  • This makes a big batch of hot chocolate but you can double or even triple the recipe as needed.
clear glass mug of slow cooker hot chocolate

What You’ll Need to Make Homemade Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

  • Milk – I used whole milk for a creamier consistency but you can use a milk alternative such as almond milk, soy milk, etc.
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Optional toppings

  • Whipped cream
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Miniature chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
slow cooker hot chocolate ingredients in bowls on white table

How to Make Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, you will place them into your slow cooker, crock pot or Instapot and place on warm (or low heat).

Allow this to simmer for a couple of hours and then you’ll have the perfect cup of hot chocolate!

metal ladle scooping hot chocolate out of slow cooker

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

4.75 from 4 votes
Brittanie Pyper
How to make the best hot chocolate in a slow cooker (perfect for a crowd)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 6 Cups Milk
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk 14 oz
  • 1 ½ Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ½ Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips


  • In your crockpot, combine milk, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, vanilla, and chocolate chips.
  • Stir, and cook on low, 2 hours, or until chocolate is melted and steamy, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with your favorite hot chocolate toppings.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 87mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
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4.75 from 4 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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