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

  • 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

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

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


  1. I’m going to have to religiously follow you after seeing this recipe! I love cooking and sharing food and drinks and have been looking for a good hot chocolate recipe! I’ve been craving it the last couple weeks and we just got our first major snowfall in canada today I wish I had seen it earlier so I could have done this while I was crocheting!

    My question is how long can you keep this in the fridge after making it? I’d like to have some on hand for various visitors as the package stuff is just not cutting it.

    Thanks! Keep up the awesome work!

  2. Hi Sally,
    Can this be made without the chocolate? would you say that it is vital to the recipe?
    Planning on making two batches of this for our family’s Hanukkah party!(I feel like since im making so much I dont want to take chances with burnt chocolate.) thoughts?

  3. Hi Sally! I want to make this for Christmas morning but I would prefer not to get up in the wee hours of the morning to stir it! About how long do you think it would take to cook on the stove? Thank you for this awesome recipe!!

  4. My husband asked me to make homemade hot chocolate for Christmas morning so after reading lots of recipes I decided to make this. It was really good but it was REALLY rich and dense. After a couple of sips it became overwhelming to drink by itself ( I mixed it with coffee and it was wonderful).

  5. Sally, here is my question: Can you use those slow cooker liners that they sell at the grocery?  
    To maybe help with the clean up and reduce burning.  

  6. Definitely going to try this with perhaps a bit of orange essence in place of vanilla and a dash of cinnamon and cloves…spiced chocolate is my favourite thing.

  7. Do we know if there is a reason (science??) that makes the slow cooked hot chocolate superior to one quickly warmed up on the stove-top or even in the microwave? Or is the crockpot just a nice way to keep it warm for a long period of time?

  8. Is it possible to make this with almond or cashew milk if we still use the heavy cream? I will be making this for our family Christmas cookie baking session next weekend!

  9. This is so good! I’ve made it a couple of times most recently today for a cookie decorating party. Everyone loved it. It’s easy to make and so delicious. Thank you for your great recipes Sally,  Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Hi Grace! I recommend using pure high-quality chocolate. (I like Baker’s brand found in the baking aisle, as well as Ghirardelli and Lindt!) If you love the taste of Hershey bars, you can absolutely use them!

  10. Hello!
    I love this recipe but the last time I made it, I ended up with way too much! If I were to cut the recipe in half, would you recommend adjusting the time it is left to simmer? I don’t want to end up burning it after letting it sit too long! Thanks!

    1. Hi Emily! I assume you are using the stovetop then? I would cook until everything is melted and combined– which would be less than 20 minutes. Then you can keep it warmed on the stove on the simmer/low setting.

  11. Instead of chopped semi sweet chocolate, would dark bittersweet chopped chocolate work in this recipe? Sometimes semi sweet chocolate can be too sweet in an All chocolate recipe.

  12. Hi Sally
    What about making a white hot chocolate? Other than chopping up and adding white chocolate, should the other ingredients be adjusted at all? Two of my family cant have caffeine in any form, so we have a lot of white chocolate in the house!

  13. If you wish together the sugar and cocoa powder before adding the wet ingredients it will mix better. No floating cocoa powder.

  14. Can this be made the night before and then just warmed up for breakfast? If so, how would you recommend doing this? Thanks!!

  15. BEST. HOT. CHOCOLATE. EVER!!! Hosted Thanksgiving brunch for 25 people yesterday, and stumbled upon this recipe the night before. I never even got seconds because everyone loved it. Soooo chocolatey and amazing. Thanks so much for posting. I’m so happy I found it. No other way to make hot chocolate now!

  16. Your recipes always keep me coming back. I made this for the office today and it is already gone after just a couple of hours! I will admit to upping the chocolate by just a few ounces and it is similar to the European drinking chocolate. SO GOOD!

  17. I made a small batch of this hot chocolate using the stovetop option and it was the best hot chocolate I have ever made. It definitely puts the powdered mixes to shame. I used 2% milk and was still plenty decadent. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. I made this to take to my daughter and grandchildren last Christmas. I used 7 cups of milk, 1 cup of cream, dark chocolate and added a half a bag of Andes baking chips (my family is mint crazy) and a pinch of salt. Oh my! This was the best hot chocolate I ever made and my grandchildren are still talking about it!

  19. Making this for a school function. I need to double it. I think it might be hard to get that volume of liquid up to temp in the crock pot. Would you just put it on high longer, or would you warm the dairy on the stove a bit before putting in crockpot? Thank you!

    1. Either way would be fine– warming for longer because of the added volume works well for me or you can try warming the dairy up before adding to the slow cooker.

      1. Thank you! Looking forward to tasting this! Looks like a wonderful recipe. My family and I are big fans of your lemon bars too! Really, many of your recipes. I love your gf stuff also, as I’m now gf. All best!

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