It’s extremely hard…
To convince me to leave my cozy little house on winter evenings. Between the flickering fire, the Christmas tree lights, and my favorite Douglas Fir essential oil wafting from the diffuser, I’m pretty content to be a winter-time hermit. And when you add in a mug of homemade hot chocolate? Forget about it. You’d be hard-pressed to get me to venture out even if Joel Salatin himself was visiting our town (Okay, so I *might* leave the house for him… But I’d have to think about it.) 😉
I usually make a version of this hot chocolate recipe whenever I’m hankering for a cup– it’s ideal for when it’s just the Prairie Husband and I.
However, if you’re making hot chocolate for a crowd or need to have to ready ahead of time, this slow cooker hot chocolate recipe is perfect. You can make a large batch without compromising on taste or resorting to those not-so-lovely powdered mixes. Throw the ingredients together, set the slow cooker on low for two hours while you play in the snow or do chores, and your hot chocolate will be ready right when folks walk through the door. Bingo.
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe
Yield: 4-6 servings
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (I love this one)
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 2 ounces of pure chocolate of your choice
- 1 cup real whipped cream
- 1/8 cup shaved chocolate for garnish
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa, salt and milk.
- Pour mixture into a slow cooker and add vanilla. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
- Add cream, cinnamon and maple syrup. Cover, and cook on low for an additional 20 minutes. Stir in 2 ounces of chocolate until melted. It’s best to break or shave chocolate into smaller pieces before adding to the slow cooker to help the melting process.
- Pour hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of shaved chocolate.
- Grab a mug, get warm and enjoy the time with your family.
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Notes
- You could easily double this recipe if you’re serving a large crowd– as long as your slow cooker is big enough.
- I haven’t tried this recipe with non-dairy milks, but I’m guessing it’d probably work.
- If you want to get extra-fancy, add a peppermint stick for stirring or serve homemade marshmallows on the side.
- Looking for other cozy drink ideas? Here’s my homemade egg nog and chai tea concentrate.