This slow cooker hot chocolate is a deliciously creamy, chocolatey treat on a chilly winter’s day! In fact, making hot cocoa in the crockpot is so easy and delicious that it might be only way you do it from now on. So, I’m thrilled to share this recipe with you today as part of a sponsored partnership with Shamrock Farms.
Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
Who else loves the brilliance and ease of their slow cooker (or “crock pot” – whatever you like to call it)?! I looooove it – especially for recipes when I’m feeding a group! I also love simple recipes – full of “normal” ingredients that you are likely to already have on hand in your kitchen! This slow cooker hot cocoa is a win on both counts!
Doesn’t it look good?! I’m telling you – this is the way to make hot chocolate! Don’t bother buying the hot cocoa powdered packets again and dive into this good stuff instead – especially anytime you’re making it for the whole family or a party. In fact, the boys have deemed it THE BEST hot chocolate ever! I don’t blame them because I don’t even love hot chocolate and think this is pretty darn tasty! So good! The secret to the rich & creamy flavor in this slow cooker hot chocolate is the use of high-quality, real ingredients!
Creamy Hot Chocolate Ingredients
The first key ingredient in making the slow cooker hot chocolate is milk – at least 6 cups of milk in fact! I know some people ask, “Can you put milk in a crockpot?” And the answer is yes! It works brilliantly in this recipe – I’ve had no issues with it curdling or separating or anything like that. In fact, I have a crock of this hot chocolate on right now (that I made for the boys to have after school) that has been on for over 4 hours with no issues. I do recommend though making sure that you use 2% or whole milk in this recipe. I just don’t think skim or 1% would give you quite as much of that deliciously rich & creamy consistency that you’d want! For our milk, we love buying Shamrock Farms products as they’re made with with pure, wholesome milk containing no added growth hormones. They’re also a local company for us (Arizona family-owned for three generations) and we love supporting local businesses! In fact, you can even tour Shamrock Farms’ real, working dairy farm here in Arizona from October – May! Do note that as you look for Shamrock Farms in the store, their milk has a new pure fresh look to mimic what’s inside! Shamrock Farms’ new gallon packaging has the clean, simple label (shown above), making it easy to spot their spokescow Roxie and choose which variety you’d like! Again, 2% or whole milk is the variety to go with for this recipe! The other keys to the recipe are heavy whipping cream (again, I used Shamrock Farms) and good chocolate chips! The type of chocolate chips is totally up to you – milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or semi-sweet. Though I would probably prefer it with dark chocolate, I usually always make this with semi-sweet chocolate chips. The process of making the hot chocolate in the crockpot is so easy – you basically just throw everything in, heat, and stir. Nothing to it and you don’t to tend to it like you would when you’re cooking it on the stovetop! Here’s the easy recipe:
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 6 C milk (whole or 2%)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- ¼-1/2 C sugar
- 2 C chocolate chips
- ¼ C unsweetened cocoa powdered, sifted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Mini-marshmallows for garnish
- Add all ingredients (except marshmallows) to the slow cooker crock, stirring together the milk, whipping cream, cocoa, sugar, chocolate chips, and vanilla.
- Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, whisking occasionally (to keep everything well-combined and make sure the chocolate isn't burning.
- Once mixture is hot and all the chocolate chips are melted, switch the slow cooker to the warm setting.
- If desired, top with marshmallows before serving. Letting them sit for about 5 minutes will make the marshmallows nice and melty!
Yummmmm, homemade hot chocolate – it’s SOOOooo good! You can set up a whole hot chocolate bar or make some adorable polar bear marshmallows to go with! Not matter what though, you can’t go wrong with this tasty hot cocoa! So next time you’re at the store, make sure you pick up all the ingredients you need to make this – and be sure to look out for the new Shamrock Farms milk packaging! For more news and updates about Shamrock Farms, visit www.shamrockfarms.net and
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shamrock Farms. The opinions and text are all mine.