Spiked Crockpot Hot Chocolate

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This Spiked Crockpot Hot Chocolate recipe is rich, creamy, decadent, and boozy! Perfect for your Holiday parties, this is the ultimate sipper created for a crowd!

For an alcohol-free hot chocolate, get my easy slow cooker hot chocolate recipe! And don’t forget to pair it with these Rocky Road White Chocolate Chip Peppermint Sugar Cookies.

hot chocolate in the slow cooker topped with marshmallows


Push aside those instant hot cocoa powdered mixes because this homemade recipe for Crockpot Hot Chocolate is about to be a huge hit! Especially since we’re adding a few shots of bourbon to it. Or Kahlua. While it may not be convenient to make a big batch of hot chocolate all the time, this recipe is ideal for the Holiday Season or for when you’re hosting a big fall or winter party. However, the best thing about a from-scratch hot chocolate recipe is that it is made with real chocolate and real ingredients. It’s like you’re eating your chocolate and drinking it, too!

How To Make Spiked Crockpot Hot Chocolate

This recipe is really creamy, and it tastes like melted chocolate. Milk and cream help with the creaminess, while the dark chocolate chips add to the richness. 

  1. First, add chocolate chips, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt to the insert of your slow cooker.
  2. Then, stir in milk, heavy cream, and vanilla. If you don’t want to use heavy cream, add half & half or evaporated milk, instead. 
  3. Whisk it all together; cover and cook for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Remove the cover, and whisk in some Kahlua, bourbon, or rum, or whatever else you have on hand. 
  5. Ladle into mugs, top with marshmallows, and serve.

Stovetop Instructions

  • If you prefer to make Hot Chocolate on the stovetop, simply add all the ingredients to a large pot, whisk it all together, and cook over medium heat until the chocolate is completely melted and everything is thoroughly combined and heated through. Make sure to whisk frequently so to prevent the chocolate from burning on the bottom of the pot.

Toppings For Hot Chocolate

  • You can garnish hot chocolate with chopped peppermints, white chocolate chips, cinnamon sticks, sprinkles, peanuts, and whipped cream.
hot chocolate in a glass coffee mug

Proper Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 5 days. Reheat on the stovetop over medium-low heat.

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Spiked Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Rich, creamy, decadent, and boozy Crockpot Hot Chocolate.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 10 cups


  • 8 ounces dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 6 cups whole milk,, you can also use 2% milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream,, you can also use evaporated milk or Half & Half
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Kahlua,, or bourbon, or any other liquor that you prefer


  • marshmallows, chopped peppermint, cinnamon sticks, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, etc.
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  • Place chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and sugar in the insert of your slow cooker
  • Add milk, heavy cream, and vanilla; whisk for a couple of minutes to mix in the cocoa, and until everything is well combined.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours, whisking occasionally to prevent the chocolate from burning on the bottom.
  • Remove cover and stir in the Kahlua or bourbon; stir until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Ladle into mugs and add your favorite toppings.
  • Serve.


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 5 days. Reheat on the stovetop over medium-low heat.


Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 937IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Rose says:

    Would double this recipe fit in a 6 qt crockpot?

    1. Katerina says:

      For 18 cups of liquid, a 6-quart crockpot should be sufficient, but it would be near its capacity limit. Make sure to leave some space to avoid spills or overflow and to ensure even cooking/heating.

  2. Diane says:

    Can you sub some Bailey’s Irish cream for some of the milk?

    1. Katerina says:

      Absolutely, you can substitute some of the milk with Bailey’s Irish Cream in the recipe. This will alter the original flavor profile, but it’s a delicious twist! 🥂

  3. Michelle says:

    Great for the holidays. Adults and children of all ages. Adults can enjoy with the spirit of their choice, children enjoy the treat just the way it is. 😀

  4. allyson says:

    could this be made in a big batch and saved in the fridge to be reheated later? I can’t stand using those mixes, but a nice mug of really good hot chocolate, european style, is way better than a cup of coffee any day!

  5. Juan F. Martinez says:

    An awesome recipe, I am going to prepare it and take to my office Christmas dinner. I cant wait to see the staff’s reaction. Thanks!