Thick and Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

You’ll love this rich and creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate recipe! This easy hot chocolate is perfect for Christmas parties or cold weather sipping.

Hot Chocolate Mug

THE BEST SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE

Fill your house with holiday cheer on this Christmas Day with our favorite Hot Chocolate Recipe! Thanks to our Slow Cookers, this Holiday drink is kept warm throughout the day and always ready for the next guest!

I am just going to say it; THIS is the MOST decadent Hot Chocolate recipe on Earth! You can’t change my mind. I’ve never had a hot drink that is richer and thicker than this Hot Chocolate.

Hot Chocolate

Recently, I was in Milan, Italy, and when I ordered a cup of Hot Chocolate, I had no idea what I was actually ordering. I expected a straight up hot water + cocoa sipper in a mug with MAYBE a bit of milk. What I received was a thick gourmet hot chocolate that I couldn’t put down.

Sip after sip, all I was trying to do was figure out how they made it. I gave up on guessing and finally asked the waiter. In his super thick Italian accent, he told me the secret was cornstarch. CORNSTARCH!

Thus, my dear friends, go grab some cornstarch, as well as your best quality dark chocolate, and let’s get on making this awesome chocolatey mess.

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE

This is a very simple recipe with combined milk, cocoa powder, good quality dark chocolate (I don’t recommend using chocolate chips) and cornstarch.

  • We will start with pouring the milk into the slow cooker; whisk in cocoa powder and cook on HIGH for 2 hours.
  • Next, add in the chocolate and stir until melted. Taste for sweetness and decide if you want to add some sugar to the mixture. If you decide to add sugar, whisk in a tablespoon of sugar at a time. Taste and adjust accordingly.

Thick and Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

  • Prepare a cornstarch slurry and mix it into the slow cooker mixture.
  • Cover the slow cooker and continue to cook for 1 hour. I suggest whisking it from time to time to prevent lumps.
  • When finished, ladle the hot chocolate into mugs, and if you like, garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Fun fact: You could also add your favorite liqueur to each mug. 😃

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate in a mug

This Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is an easy way to serve a crowd – think Christmas Parties or New Year’s Eve Parties – but it’s also perfect for a night of Netflix on Valentine’s Day. OR ANY DAY! Just make it and enjoy it!

CAN YOU USE WHITE CHOCOLATE IN HOT CHOCOLATE

  • Yes you may, but white chocolate is sweeter than regular chocolate. For that reason, I would suggest adding more milk.

CAN YOU FREEZE HOT CHOCOLATE

Yes, you absolutely can. It does become a big bar of chocolate, but it can be done.

  • Let the hot chocolate cool down completely, then transfer it to a large freezer bag.
  • Place in the freezer and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • When ready to serve, remove from freezer and defrost overnight in the fridge.
  • Pour contents into a large pot and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot.

HOW TO STORE HOT CHOCOLATE

  • Leftover hot chocolate can be refrigerated for up to 5 days and reheated in the microwave, or on the stovetop, right before serving.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! ENJOY!

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Thick and Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Thick and Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 

You'll love this rich and creamy slow cooker hot chocolate recipe! This easy hot chocolate is perfect for Christmas parties or cold weather sipping. 

Course: Dessert, Drinks, Holiday
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 338 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate I used 71% cocoa
FOR THE CORNSTARCH SLURRY
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • whipped cream for serving (optional)
  • chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk and vanilla into the slow cooker; whisk in cocoa powder and cover.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours.
  3. Remove lid and stir in chopped chocolate; stir until melted.
  4. Taste for sweetness and decide if you want to add some sugar to the mixture. If you decide to add sugar, whisk in a tablespoon of sugar at a time. Taste and adjust accordingly.
  5. Prepare a cornstarch slurry by combining milk and cornstarch in a small mixing bowl; mix until smooth paste forms.
  6. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the hot chocolate mixture; whisk until well combined.
  7. Cover with a lid and continue to cook for 1 more hour, or until thickened. I suggest to whisk occasionally so to prevent any lumps.
  8. When ready, remove the lid and ladle the hot chocolate into mugs.
  9. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
  10. You can also add in a shot of your favorite liquor.
  11. Serve.
Recipe Notes

CAN YOU USE WHITE CHOCOLATE IN HOT CHOCOLATE

  • Yes you may, but white chocolate is sweeter than regular chocolate. For that reason, I would suggest adding more milk.

HOW TO STORE HOT CHOCOLATE

  • Leftover hot chocolate can be refrigerated for up to 5 days and reheated in the microwave, or on the stovetop, right before serving.

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 11

Nutrition Facts
Thick and Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 568mg16%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 256mg26%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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