Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa

Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa



This Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa is delicious and perfect on a cold day! Homemade hot cocoa is so smooth and comforting, and this recipe is great for a crowd. I made this earlier this week and it got two thumbs up from my whole family. Once you try this hot cocoa recipe, you won’t go back to store bought packets!



Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa


Just heat the ingredients in a slow cooker, whisking occasionally. Once it is heated through, switch the slow cooker to the warm setting.

Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa


I popped in some big marshmallows, but this would be great with mini marshmallows or homemade whipped cream on top.

Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa

Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
To make peppermint variation, add one teaspoon of peppermint extract to slow cooker.
Servings: 12
  • 2/3 cup of hot water
  • 1/2 cup of Hershey's Cocoa - Natural Unsweetened
  • 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 6 cups of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • marshmallows
  1. In a small bowl, combine hot water and Hershey's Cocoa. Stir until smooth.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, including cocoa mixture, and whisk to combine.
  3. Heat on low for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in marshmallows and serve.


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  1. Oh wow this looks so good! Can’t wait to try it out 🙂

  2. Sounds yummy, I will have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the recipe! I made this for my daughter’s slumber party a couple of weeks ago and it was a big hit.

  4. I just tried this recipe a couple days ago, when it was so cold after the late-season blizzard that hit us. I made it a little healthier by using fat-free sweetened condensed milk, fat-free half-n-half, skim milk, and splenda instead of sugar and it was still very good 🙂

    • Are you kidding? Healthier version? You need to research your mistaken perceptions. Please read the ingredient list on these so called healthy choices. Splenda is never ever good for you NEVER.It causes migraines, and fibromyalgia symptoms it is poison. Try honey or maple syrup if you want a healthier sugar. And stevia tastes just like the fake sugar but is actually good for you– if you have grown to like the taste of chemical laden sweeteners switch to stevia. And fat free condensed milk is made thick to feel like cream by using corn syrup. All of your choices are worse for you than eating regular sugar and real milk.

      • Stephanie says:

        I agree with Robynn.
        Research shows that healthy fat is good for you — like cream and butter. Avoid all processed, low-fat, sugar-free crap… it is filled with chemical fillers and will make you feel crummy and gain wait even FASTER. Plus, all of the damage that ingesting chemicals will do (can you say CANCER)? No thanks. Give me the real stuff! It’s all about moderation.

  5. Just curious if you have made it in a smaller batch.

    I am making the single serving chocolate chip cookies tonight for a late night surprise to my partner, and I would like to include this delicious looking beverage, but I don’t want to make a whole slow cooker full!


    • I haven’t, but on the side of my Hershey’s cocoa container, there is a recipe for a single serving hot chocolate. That just might do the trick!

  6. Has anyone tried to double this recipe?

  7. This is the best hot chocolate ever! I made it halloween night for the kids to drink after trick or treating but the adults drank most of it before we got back! I am making a double batch for Thanksgiving!

  8. How many servings does one recipe make.?

  9. Monica Statuesque says:

    Made this for Christmas Eve breakfast. It was a hit!

  10. hey, i just tried this, its nice but SOOO sweet!! I had to add more milk and cocoa powder as it didnt taste too chocolately… does anyone else think its really sweet?

  11. How much and what would I use to spike this with ?

  12. Have you made this ahead of time? There is no way my kids will wait 3 hours for hot chocolate on Christmas morning. I’m thinking about making it on Christmas Eve and just heating it up on Christmas morning.

  13. I agree with the above statement. I’m having a brunch at 9 which means I’d have to start this around 5:30 to have it on in time. Can I make this ahead and reheat in crockpot for say 2 hours?

  14. Love this recipe! I just added it to a blog post and linked it back to ya! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  15. Does it really need to heat for 3 hours?

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