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Decadent Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Creamy, rich, and decadent slow cooker hot chocolate made in the crockpot! Recipe on

Hello hello! Happy day-after-the-biggest-meal-ever. Are we full? Tired? Headed out to shop soon?

Tell me about your Thanksgiving. What did you bake? What was the best dish you ate? I got an early start on Tuesday with pie crust, then baked a few pies on Wednesday, and finished up stuffing on Thursday. We had Thanksgiving at my in-law’s then visited with some friends for a 2nd meal. I’d say my favorite was between a sweet potato casserole and salted caramel apple pie.

So to answer my first question. YES, we are full over here.

Creamy, rich, and decadent slow cooker hot chocolate made in the crockpot! Recipe on

But here’s hoping we all saved room for some chocolate this weekend. And I’m not just talking about the truffles you need to try out, but something warm and decadent to sip on in between shopping and holiday decorating. (Have you started? I haven’t!)

Eat your chocolate and drink it too.

This hot chocolate is made in the slow cooker. It’s mega creamy and so undeniably chocolate-y and rich that it should come with a warning label. It honestly tastes like pure melted chocolate with a creamy, frothy texture. Because guess what? It’s made with pure melted chocolate! HEAVENS YES.



Ingredients for you real quick: milk and cream. Use whole milk and heavy cream for the creamiest texture. 1% or 2% milk would be excellent as well, as long as you’ve got that heavy cream in there. That’s where most of the decadence comes from!

Also: cocoa powder and pure chocolate. Just a little cocoa. I used natural unsweetened but you can use dutch-process here. There’s no baking involved, so it can be an easy switch. (Remember the difference between them? Good to know for baking!) Make sure you don’t use chocolate chips. They don’t melt down very easily and will separate from the liquid. But pure chocolate melts down beautifully. And tastes better as a drink, too!

Sugar for sweetness and vanilla for a little extra flavor. That’s it.

Creamy, rich, and decadent slow cooker hot chocolate made in the crockpot! Recipe on

Just throw it into the slow cooker, whisk every now and then, and it’s done. Takes 5 minutes of prep and either 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high. Make this decadent slow cooker hot chocolate for all the baking you have on your calendar in December! And have it warming in the slow cooker for all your cookie exchange parties, gift exchange parties, work holiday parties, and cookie baking marathon days.

You know cookie palooza begins in 3 days, right?!?! So pumped for year 4!

Creamy, rich, and decadent slow cooker hot chocolate made in the crockpot! Recipe on

Required: extra marshmallows.

Decadent Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate


  • 6 cups (1440ml) whole milk (1% or 2% are OK)
  • 2 cups (480ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces (226g) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (21g) unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • toppings: marshmallows, chocolate candies, candy canes, chocolate syrup, salted caramel, etc


  1. Place all of the ingredients into a large slow cooker. (Here's one I own and love!) Vigorously whisk to get the cocoa powder as mixed in as possible-- you don't want it all floating on the top. Keep whisking for a minute or 2 until it's all combined.
  2. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Make sure you whisk it every 45 minutes - 1 hour to make sure the chocolate isn't burning on the bottom.
  3. Serve warm with marshmallows or other optional toppings. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and warm up on the stove or in the microwave.

Recipe Notes:

No slow cooker? No problem! Cook in a large dutch oven or pot until warmed through and chocolate is melted, about 20 minutes. Keep the heat on low/simmer and whisk every now and then to make sure that chocolate does not burn.

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  1. Hi Sally
    Is there anyway I can make this hot chocolate without a slow cooker? (Stupid question?)

    • Hey Verona!

      I’m definitely not Sally, but from my experience you can throw it together in a large pot on the stove. 🙂 Happy Holidays! 

      • Thank you so much Kelsey! I’ll definitely try that. Happy holidays to you too!

      • Yep, exactly! I’d use a large dutch oven or pot. Keep it on low/simmer and whisk every now and then to make sure that chocolate does not burn 🙂

  2. so full! this sounds like it’d be perfect next week after i digest though (; i really liked the tri tip (in a special “black dragon” marinade), streusel-topped sweet potatoes and (fresh not canned!) green bean casserole. i made cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and apple-cranberry cake in prep today (:

  3. I’m tempted to get a slow cooker just so I can make this recipe! Hot chocolate is one of my favorite mid-week “ALMOST WEEKEND” treats — all the better with real chocolate and three helpings of marshmallows.

  4. Oh, holy cow Sally! This hot chocolate has got to be one of the most delicious looking drinks I’ve ever seen!

  5. I’m glad you had a good Thanksgiving, Sally! The best thing I ate was my mom’s apple pie…everyone in the family loves it 🙂 My uncle was disappointed that I hadn’t brought any cookie-dough truffles, though…I usually do, but I’d only flown in the night before, haha 😉 So excited for your cookies coming up!

  6. So full and happy over here too!! I refuse to Black Friday shop though! I’d rather stay in and make this amazing hot chocolate. Is there really anything better than hot chocolate?! The fact that it’s made in the slow-cooker makes this even more decadent! 🙂

  7. I’ve been considering whether or not to get a slow cooker for the longest time, and this recipe is certain convincing. Your photos are sinful, haha!

    – Charmaine

  8. Was full, let my belly settle, then had pumpkin lie, let my belly settle again and had apple pie. Hahaha

    That hot chocolate looks sooooo good!

  9. Thanks, Sally, for your recipes that I’ve used now for 2 years. Thanksgiving favorites were your Sweet Potato Casserole, Cranberry- apple dressing, (which I just enjoyed for breakfast, today:),
    and your Apple-Cranberry pie was such a delight for everyone!
    Today, I’m making your Chai Spice Donuts, Lemon Blueberry Scones, Spiced Gingerbread Loaf, and White Chocolate Biscotti for a breakfast gathering tomorrow; and all the credit goes to your recipes that you share with us.

    • I’m happy you love the apple/cranberry combo as much as I do! And you’re making quite the spread today. Have so much baking! (I adore those chai donuts!)

  10. I LOVE hot chocolate, Sally, and your photographs make it look so tempting (YES to marshmallows, candy canes & hersheys kisses on top). This hot chocolate would be a great option when hosting Christmas parties – more often than boiling a kettle to begin, but less effort and fiddling with powder mix overall. Plus, it’d be pretty cool to say “Hot Chocolate’s brewing in my slow cooker.” You could even make it a base for a hot chocolate bar, and lay out tons of candies and decorations & let everyone go for it with their own. ‘Tis the season! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Sally and here’s to the official commencement of the Christmas season 🙂

  11. I am BEYOND excited about this! The ONLY hot drink I like is hot chocolate. While everyone else was sipping on their coffee and tea yesterday, I was all like “where’s the hot chocolate”? It’s my favorite! Will be making this ASAP! Thanks Sally!

  12. It was a beautiful day of thanks and wonderful food in Texas…still full! I made your cornbread stuffing and pecan pie. Both were huge hits! They went perfect with our traditional roasted in a t-shirt turkey. I hope your day was fantastic as well!
    Can’t wait to make the hot chocolate. It looks divine! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  13. Very full here too and yet thankful for leftovers! Best part for me was our dressing (aka stuffing), from my grandmother’s recipe. You never know quite how it’ll turn out but I think this was our best ever. Looking forward to all the cookie recipes, and thanks for the hot chocolate recipe too. That’s always a big hit around here, so I KNOW this one will be popular!

  14. Sally, this looks so ridiculously good. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here in the UK, we’ve just got a very long wait until Christmas Day for our massive turkey dinner! But in the mean time, hot chocolate like this that involves full-fat milk AND cream is definitely on my to-do list.

  15. Your photos are amazing!  I can taste that hot chocolate through the screen — though after everything we ate yesterday — I should probably just lay low with some gingerale and saltines for the next few days!

  16. Hi Sally
    Could u please correct the amount of cocoa powder in the recipe?
    Is it 1/4 cup that is 20 grams Or 1/2 cup that is 41 grams?
    Thanks in advance!

  17. I made a small cheesecake and a big apple pie 🙂 Yes very full over here too! This hot chocolate looks absolutely decadent!

  18. Thank you so much for this recipe, Sally!  My peeps are hot cocoa connoisseurs. A newer Christmas tradition is a hot cocoa bar with all the trimmings; crushed peppermints, toffee crumbles, marshmallows, whipping cream, chocolate and caramel syrups. I haven’t been thrilled with my recipe. I’m going to give yours a try, you never let me down! 🙂  I also start Thanksgiving cooking days (and days) early. My favorite is always a family squash casserole recipe, but the ‘kids’ are partial the sweet potato casserole. Wishing you and yours a warm holiday season!

  19. Sally, your site is like chocolate headquarters for me. I love that you have so many delicious chocolate recipes! I’ve always wanted to make hot chocolate from scratch. I don’t have a slow cooker or a dutch oven. Could I make this in a regular thick bottomed saucepan? The only one I have is a metal one I got for candy making.

    Also, another idea for the baking basics series, I’m not sure I know the difference between baking chocolate and chocolate chips. I know there are some recipes (like this one) where chocolate is melted down in which case bar chocolate is the way to go. But can I chop up chocolate and use them instead of chips?

  20. Hubby started eating meat this year after NOT eating it for 18 years. We had a real whole turkey this Thanksgiving…but got a little one since it was the 3 of us. I also made a dressing with sausage and no celery (I am allergic!). Those two things were my fav this year. 
    Today is my birthday! I am so happy to have the day off and NOT have to cook Thanksgiving dinner on my birthday! I asked for and got a new crockpot (I know, but I really needed a new one!) and now I have a new recipe to make it in!!
    I hope you all had a lovely day and ate yummy food!

  21. I live in an rv and my turkey breast barely fit in my oven. It turned out perfect tho even tho the top of it was touching the top of my oven! Whew! It was the best thing I ate and also pumpkin pie and crust from scratch.
    Hot chocolate looks good ….. Gonna have to try! Thankful for nice warm food and all of our many blessings on Thanksgiving.

  22. This would be a prefect treat for Christmas!

  23. Ooh, this looks SO good!
    Aleeha xXx

  24. Yum! This would disappear in less than an hour at my house!

  25. Hi Sally,
    I wanted to ask a question about the heavy cream… we dont have heavy cream in the city and country I live in, but we get thick cream but it isn’t liquid… Can I use that or is it something else? This t only for this recipe but all the recipes that require heavy cream or simply cream.
    Thanks. XXX

    • Hi Mary! Do not use your thick cream. You don’t have any whipping cream or heavy cream? Double cream? Half-and-half? You can use whole milk in its place if needed.

  26. This looks fabulous; it’s going straight into my recipe binder. I’m definitely going to have to give this hot chocolate a go. Who doesn’t love hot chocolate, but HOMEMADE hot chocolate…? 😉

    Quick question about your truffles… Of course, as Christmas comes around, I’ve been doing some baking. Your mint truffles from your cookbook are on the top of my list to make. The recipe calls for 3 to 4 hours in the fridge for the ganache filling to firm; however, I realized I cannot finish the recipe at the time being, so I’m not sure whether to leave the ganache chilling or at room temp. to complete later. I don’t want it to be dry or cracked obviously. But you’re the expert, so what should I do? 🙂

  27. My son wanted me to make a sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving, he had one before and wanted me to make one for him. This was one pie that I had never made before and something my husband and I never had. I made your Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Pie, my son said it was better than the one he had and my husband and I loved it!
    We love your recipes, your Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies are my grand children’s favorite!

  28. My hubby bribed me into making this by promising to make your soft brown sugar cookies as my reward at the end of the week… We’re going to settle down and watch Gilmore Girls tonight with mugs of slow cooker hot chocolate, and enjoy ourselves! Just put it in the slow cooker, and waiting for it to start doing its thing now… 🙂

  29. Oh heavens, what didn’t I cook? For my fiance’s family dinner on Thursday, we had two vegetarians and someone with Celiac. So I made a duck (I make one every year; I don’t like turkey), vegetarian baked ziti with gluten-free pasta, gluten-free cornbread, gluten-free brownies and your apple spice cupcakes with salted caramel whipped cream (which I also made gluten-free). Cup4Cup flour is a GODSEND. Oh, and I threw together a salad. It was exhausting, but it was nice to see the little 6-year-old with Celiac be so excited about how much was tailored for her to eat.

    My mom is a nurse, and she worked on Thanksgiving proper. We had Thanksgiving on Friday instead. My mom is a bear about how she can handle everything, so I quietly took over some of the food. I made another duck, a risotto, a cornbread stuffing and brought over the extra of the caramel whipped cream to go with her famous Jewish apple cake. The best part of the night was how most people were too busy eating to badger me about the upcoming wedding!

    I am SO EXCITED for Cookie Palooza Cuatro! Every holiday season, I take a weekend and go on a Cookie Baking Rampage™, so I am psyched to try all of the recipes out!

    • I’ve heard wonders about cup4cup! I can’t believe how much you prepped for the big day, I bet you’re exhausted. You better rest up for your cookie weekend!

  30. I made this for our Ugly Sweater Party this weekend!!! It is the best Hot Chocolate I have ever had!!!

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