Decadent Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

glass mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and a Hershey's kiss

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.

hot chocolate in a slow cooker with marshmallows

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 slow cooker hot chocolate in glass bowls and measuring cups

pouring chocolate chunks into slow cooker with other hot chocolate ingredients

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.

hot chocolate in a slow cooker with a metal whisk

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.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Video

glass mugs of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows

Required: extra marshmallows.

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glass mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and a Hershey's kiss

Decadent Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 9-10 cups
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


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


  • 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.


  1. Special Tools: Large Crock Pot | Clear Glass Mugs (I love these mugs!)
  2. 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.

Keywords: slow cooker hot chocolate, hot chocolate

overhead image of 2 glass mugs of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and a Hershey's kiss


  1. Melissa Downie says:

    Wow! Just made this for the family after the Santa Clause Parade while we decorated the Christmas Tree! I made 1/3 of the recipe for the three of us which was a small mug each. I added freshly whipped cream with vanilla and some icing sugar and drizzled with your salted caramel. It was so rich and amazing! This will definitely be made often this winter! Once again, you’ve outdone yourself Sally! Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. Sally, could this recipe be done in an instant pot? If yes, how would your recipe be altered? Thanks – El

    1. Hi El, I don’t own an instant pot so I haven’t tested it. Let me know if you try!

      1. Thanks for your reply, Sally. I don’t own an instant pot either – I’m collecting recipes for a friend who does have one and who likes to try different recipes using it. Cheers, El

  3. Manesi Glorivi Mendez says:

    Hello, how much ingredients for a bigger batch. I have about 12 guests. Thanks!

    1. This recipe yields about 9-10 cups, so you could 1.5x the recipe in hopes that some would have more than 1 cup. It’s quite rich, so your guests may even want less than 1 full cup and the recipe, as written, could be enough. Use your best judgement on this one! 🙂

  4. If I could give this recipe a thousand stars, I would. Believe me when I say that I am a hot chocolate type of gal. I loved hot chocolate at Angelina’s in Paris and saad in London, but this my friends is the real deal. I made mine in the instant pot… followed the directions exactly and used the slow cook mode. This recipe single handedly destroyed my need to ever go out for hot chocolate. Thank you sally for making me a rockstar hot chocolate maker!!!

  5. AMAZING!!! I’ve made this twice now. Once as written (crockpot) and yesterday (stovetop) with almond milk in place of the regular milk and canned coconut milk in place of the cream (one of my friends wanted dairy-free). I even made whipped cream with coconut milk! This hot chocolate is rich and creamy and so so good! Thanks, Sally!

  6. “I am so excited to make this recipe!!” Thanks so much!! – Arianna

  7. Can I make this a day ahead of time and warm up the next morning?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Patty, absolutely. Store in the refrigerator overnight and warm up on the stove, in the microwave, or in your slow cooker the next morning. Enjoy!

  8. So rich and so creamy. Hands down best homemade cocoa. Followed recipe exactly, and in my 2nd mug… added a shot of baileys!

    My sister found it a little too rich … she said it reminded her of dark chocolate and wanted to dilute with milk.

    As a dark chocolate lover, that was no issue for me!

  9. Kartheek Hegde says:

    I just recently bought a slow cooker, and never ever thought to make hot chocolate! #MindBlown
    I know what I’m making tonight

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