Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

My Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is exactly what you need this holiday season when you’re entertaining.  You put the ingredients in your slow cooker, turn it on high and pretty much leave it alone.  Your guests can refill their mugs throughout the night, and you don’t have to fuss with it.  This is also a great thing to make on a snowy day when your family is outside playing.  They’ll come inside and hot chocolate will be ready and waiting on them.  Win, win!
This makes enough to serve a crowd!  Depending on how big your mugs are, depends on how much this yields.  You will use a gallon of milk for this recipe…so you should have plenty for a party!  This recipe is simple to divide as well, so you can make half as much if you’re only serving your family.

Shopping List
2 (14 oz) cans of sweetened condensed milk
2 (12 oz) bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 gallon of milk (I used 2%)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Marshmallows and candy canes to garnish, optional
For easy clean up, use a slow cooker liner.  
In your slow cooker, layer in your sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. Turn slow cooker to high and stir every 15 minutes for the first 30 minutes (this will help it melt faster).  Once your chocolate chips have melted, whisk in your milk and vanilla.  Cover and continue to cook on high as you serve this cocoa for the next 3 to 4 hours.  Continue to stir periodically.  Garnish with marshmallows and candy canes if you like.
That’s it!  Keep it cooking on high so that it stays warm as guests enjoy it.
Easy entertaining!

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  • Michelle Keller December 15, 2015 at 11:14 am

    How many does this serve?

  • Mix and Match Mama December 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

    You know, it's like I said in the directions…it really depends on the mugs you use. Since it uses a gallon of milk, it could really go a long way of you used small mugs or cups. Enjoy!

  • Love on the Lake December 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for posting! I've been looking for one for our boat parade viewing Christmas party. (Though it's still high 70s and 80s right now in Florida.)

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} December 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    What a great idea! Sounds delish!

  • Narci December 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    This is perfect for a big group or for after Christmas caroling!! So fun and looks delicious!!

  • Elizabeth Birenbaum December 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    YUM! I love using my slow cooker and I love hot cocoa so this is right up my alley!

  • Tracy December 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Sheaffer's comment is cracking me up. Didn't she try it at your party? LOL! It does sound delish! 🙂

  • LISACPARSONS December 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Love the Santa Mugs. Where did you find?

    • Unknown December 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Pottery barn have them 🙂

    • Vanessa Scott December 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Pottery barn have them 🙂

  • Farryn December 15, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I'm totally making this for our Christmas party this week! Yummy! Thanks, Shay!

  • Happy Green Home December 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I think I'll be trying this recipe this weekend!! Yum!!

  • Elaine Welte December 15, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Try adding a drop of peppermint essential oil! Delish!!!

  • Ramona December 16, 2015 at 12:52 am

    How fun and easy is this?! Fabulous idea for Christmas Eve! Thank you!

  • Anonymous December 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    How long does it take for the chocolate chips to melt? How long does it take for the hot chocolate to warm enough to drink? Thanks!!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

      The chocolate chips are melted in 30 and then it's heated in another 30. Enjoy!

  • Jennifer December 2, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Do you think it’ll work the same if I use soy or almond milk?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 3, 2016 at 5:06 am

      They don’t always substitute, but for this, yes, they would be fine!