Crock-Pot Thick & Creamy Hot Chocolate

Crock-Pot Thick & Creamy Hot Chocolate

Crock-Pot Thick & Creamy Hot Chocolate

Today is National Cocoa Day and to help celebrate I thought I would post this delicious recipe I make all the time for a thick and creamy hot chocolate made in the crock-pot.

This is the real deal folks, not the instant…just add water packaged stuff. My kids love having a cup of warm cocoa when they come home from sledding or playing out doors or just when they come home from school.

Crock-Pot Thick & Creamy Hot Chocolate

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 8 Servings

Crock-Pot Thick & Creamy Hot Chocolate


2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1 (14 Oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
6 Cups Milk (use whole milk for extra thick hot chocolate)
2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. In a large Crock-Pot combine all ingredients and stir.
  2. Cover with lid and cook on low for 2 hours, whisking every now and then to combine the melted chocolate chips with the milk.
  3. Ladle into mugs and serve with marshmallows or whipped cream.


For a peppermint hot chocolate you can stir in about 5-10 crushed starlight peppermints or 2 or 3 crushed candy canes.

For an adult beverage try adding peppermint schnapps or Kahlua. – Yum!


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  1. Stephanie says

    I’m going to make this for my small group Sunday night. Sounds AMAZING! Are you able to double it? Can it be reheated? Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  2. Stacey says

    Lady Heidi, this is not your typical blog comment…but, is this a vintage noritake china pattern? If so, could you share the pattern name? Thanks! {I think I saw this pattern at an estate sale awhile back and it has haunted me that I didn’t buy at the time…now, I can’t remember the pattern name}

  3. Chelsea says

    I had never made hot chocolate other than the packets. I searched for a good recipe for awhile. I recently used this recipe. My husband and I thought it was good, but our guests thought it was a little to rich. Any tips to take it down a notch? maybe add more milk?..

    • says

      Yes this recipe IS super rich. Which is why I love it. But if it is too rich you could take out the heavy cream and replace it with 2 cups of milk instead. And it would still be rich but maybe not so much.

  4. Gabie says

    What size crock pot do you use? Does the recipe fill all the way to the top, if using a 4 qt crock pot do you know I could double the recipe?

    • says

      Hi Gabie,

      It has been a while since I posted this recipe so I am totally going off of memory here. I know I used one of my large oval crockpots when I made this so it was either a 9 quart or a 7 quart and if memory serves it filled the crock-pot up 1/2 to 2/3 of the way up the sides. I think this recipe is going to pretty much fill a 4 quart crockpot up almost to the top so I don’t think you could double it in a 4 quart.

  5. Ashley says

    How much Kahlua would you add? Would you substitute it for some milk? Thinking about making it for New Years, looks yummy!

    • says

      I guess it would really depend on taste here. I would start with maybe 1/2 cup and give it a taste and if you want it a little stronger add more. You could do it either way, replace some of the milk with the Kahlua or just add the Kahlua to the hot cocoa as is. This is a pretty forgiving recipe and it will still be delish either way.

  6. Lisa says

    This is so being made tomorrow!!! I have been looking for a good recipe and this sounds like the one!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. JulieAnna says

    I am so glad I found this on pinned. Making this for my husbands outdoor tactical class forecast rain and cold! Love my crockpots all 11 of them :)

  8. Ginger says

    This sounds delicious! I am going to try it for our holiday party. Do you think I could actually make it on the stovetop (maybe on low heat) and then transfer to the crockpot to keep it warm? I’d like to make 2-3 batches of it to keep it full during the party and that much just won’t fit in my crockpot.

    • says

      Hey Ginger, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. You can totally make this on the stove top on low heat. This is actually a recipe I made originally on the stove top and converted it over for the crock-pot. It is good either way!

      • Ginger says

        So I made a double recipe on the stovetop and then transferred it. Worked perfectly! And this recipe was a HUGE success!! EVERYONE asked me to send them the recipe. I set it up as a hot chocolate bar with marshmallows, choc chips, whip cream, candy canes, and peppermint schnapps. I enjoyed it by itself though! Just FYI for anyone interested – a double recipe filled my 4 qt. crock pot twice. Thank you so much!

    • says

      The servings on this recipe is 8. So doubling it would make 16 servings and tripling would make 24 servings. You could of course do smaller cups for your class of 25 which actually might not be a bad idea. Having kids that age myself I know how wired they can get on sugar. :)

  9. Leah says

    When it calls for whipping cream do I just put in the liquid whipping cream or do I actually whip it and then put it in?

  10. Jessica says

    I made this for my sons winter ONEderland first birthday and everyone at the party said it was the best hot chocolate they ever had! Many asked for the the recipe, it was a hit.

  11. Amanda says

    Im making this today for my sons 1st Birthday I’m planning on tripling the recipe should I increase the cook time ?

    • says

      Hey Amanda, happy birthday to your sweet 1 year old from us!

      You may need to adjust the cooking time just a smidgen if you are tripling the recipe. Really this is not “cooking” rather it is warming and melting the chocolate. But I would probably cook it 20-30 minutes longer or until everything is melted and hot. Let us know how your guests like it.

  12. Deb says

    Oh my goodness, I am so excited for this! Its currently going in my crock pot right now. Someone shared this recipe on Facebook and I had to try it! I just snitched a few spoon fulls when I whisked it a few min ago. WOW! AMAZING!
    Can’t wait for the kids to get up from their naps and my husband to get home from work to try this! :)

  13. Addy says

    Hei Lady, I bought my crockpot just now, and fortunately I found your blog. I love your recipes. Thank you so much…


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