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Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

This Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is such a treat! It’s velvety, flavourful and rich in chocolate deliciousness…a perfect drink to warm you up on cold days!

If you’re looking for the best hot chocolate around, this is it.  Come on in, grab a mug and warm up with some of the most creamy and delicious hot chocolate you’ve ever had!

A red and white hot chocolate bar sign

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I have always, always wanted to make hot chocolate in a slow cooker…just the very idea of something so delicious and creamy and rich simmering away in my kitchen, is absolutely mouthwatering.  And with winter and the holiday season upon us, I figured now was finally the perfect time put together this recipe.  So on a blustery snowy afternoon I made up a pot of this Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate.  And what a treat it is!

A top down view of a Slow Cooker of Hot Chocolate

Why Make Hot Chocolate in a Slow Cooker?

Honestly, because it’s SO easy…and you don’t have to worry about the hot chocolate burning or scalding like you would if you were to make it on the stove.  But really, I like using this method because I can set everything up, then walk away to do other things.  This is especially helpful if you’re planning a party or gathering and you have other things to do.  Your hot chocolate can just melt away while you’re busy…all it needs is a stir once or twice and that’s it.  Then when you’re ready to serve it, it’s ready to go and everyone can just help themselves.

A Slow Cooker of Hot Chocolate and marshmallows

Just look at that chocolatey goodness…and with soft gooey marshmallows.  Divine.

A top down view of a Slow Cooker of Hot Chocolate and marshmallows

A Slow Cooker of Hot Chocolate and marshmallows

Now let me tell you the best part…how it tastes!

You know how when you order a hot chocolate from somewhere and you’re so excited to get a delicious mug of chocolatey goodness, but you end up with a very sad watered down version of your hot chocolate dreams?  Well this isn’t that.  This hot chocolate is the MOST creamy hot chocolate you will ever have.  Silky. Smooth. Velvety. Chocolatey.

Santa mugs full of hot chocolate and marshmallows
A Santa Mug filled with hot chocolate

Create a Hot Chocolate Self-Serve Bar!

Another great thing about making hot chocolate in a slow cooker is that it’s ideal for a hot chocolate bar!  Put out your slow cooker of creamy hot chocolate, get out the fun mugs and let everyone serve themselves.  Offer all kinds of tasty additions like marshmallows in fun shapes and flavours, candy canes, cookies, whipping cream and more!  So fun and festive!

A Slow Cooker of Hot Chocolate sitting amongst Santa mugs, candy canes and marshmallows

A table full of Santa mugs, marshmallows and candy canes

A mug of hot chocolate and snowflake marshmallows

Take it with you!

Slow cookers are also handy for making hot chocolate because they are easy to transport, and you can really take them anywhere…the rink, the backyard, a friend or family’s home…making this hot chocolate perfect for outdoor parties and gatherings.  Just don’t forget your extension cord.  😉

A red and white mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows

A santa mug

Bowls full of different types of marshmallows

Come home to deliciousness!

But really I’m loving the idea of coming home to a big pot of warm and comforting hot chocolate after a chilly afternoon out on the ice rink or toboggan hill.  Or having a batch ready for the kids after they come inside from building a snow man.  Perfection.

A Santa mug full of hot chocolate and marshmallows sitting on a table of Christmas treats

A top down view of a mug of hot chocolate with snowflake marshmallows

Just add marshmallows.

Nothing left to do but enjoy!  Just don’t forget the marshmallows.

Snowman face marshmallows

A Santa mug with the Bokeh effect in the background

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe Tips:

  • Milk:  I used 1 1/2 cups of heavy (unsweetened whipping cream), and whole milk.
  • Richness:  If you would like your hot chocolate to be even more rich, you can leave out 1 cup of milk.  If you would like it less rich, use half-and-half cream instead of whipping cream.
  • Stirring:  While the hot chocolate is melting/cooking, make sure to give it a stir a couple of times to make sure that everything is mixed in well.
  • Serving:  After the 2 1/2 hour cooking time on HIGH, this hot chocolate can be kept on the WARM setting for up to 3 hours.  Stir right before serving.
  • Marshmallows:  Add the marshmallows right before serving.

Soft gold Bokeh effect

Flavour options for your Hot Chocolate:

  • Add a cinnamon stick to the hot chocolate as it simmers.
  • If you love coffee, try adding a tablespoon or so of instant coffee!
  • For peppermint flavour, add a candy cane to the crockpot.
  • Other delicious stir-in options are peanut butter or Nutella.

Candy canes in the shape of a heart


Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

This Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is such a treat! It’s creamy, flavourful and rich in chocolate deliciousness…a perfect drink to warm you up on cold days!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 150 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Drink


  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (300 mL)
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker.
  2. Mix together.
  3. Cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. NOTE:  you should give the hot chocolate a stir a couple of times while it is cooking, just to make sure the chocolate chips are mixed in well.

Keywords: creamy hot chocolate, crockpot hot chocolate, slow cooker hot chocolate

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