Crock Pot Hot Cocoa

Make hot chocolate for a crowd with this simple homemade recipe for Hot Cocoa that heats and keeps warm in a crock pot or slow cooker.

One year I decided to make homemade hot cocoa mix to give to all the neighbors for Christmas. I had used it many times to make individual cups and absolutely loved it. It was made with various ingredients which included powdered sugar.

A few days after Christmas I found myself in the company of a half a dozen frozen neighborhood kids and thought I’d whip them up some hot cocoa with all the mix I still had on-hand. Not wanting to fool with microwaving six individual cups, I decided to throw it all in a saucepan and heat up a big batch on the stove.

This turned out to be a mistake. I forgot the mix had powdered sugar in it. Powdered sugar has cornstarch in it. When you boil liquid with cornstarch it thickens. I ended up with a big pot of loose pudding and a bunch of disappointed little people.

Crock Pot Hot Cocoa! Make hot chocolate for a crowd with this simple homemade recipe for Hot Cocoa that heats and keeps warm in a crock pot or slow cooker.

This year I decided to come up with a big batch recipe for hot cocoa. I think this would be absolutely precious to serve with a “hot cocoa bar” with all the possible trimmings:


  • peppermint sticks
  • marshmallows
  • crushed butterscotch candies
  • whipped cream
  • white chocolate chips
  • sprinkles
  • Snowcaps or nonpareils
  • crushed peppermint candies
  • toffee bits
  • mini chocolate chips
  • peppermint schnapps
  • Irish cream liquor 
  • Irish whisky
  • coffee liquor

Make hot chocolate for a crowd with this simple homemade recipe for Hot Cocoa that heats and keeps warm in a crock pot or slow cooker.

Making this in a slow cooker allows you a way to keep it warm without worrying about it scorching or burning but you can absolutely make this on the stove if you prefer.

I've made this with dark chocolate cocoa powder too and it's absolutely divine! I find that the little people like the traditional better but the adults definitely like the dark chocolate cocoa.


Crock Pot Hot Cocoa

Crock Pot Hot Cocoa
Yield: 8 servings
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 5 M
Make hot chocolate for a crowd with this simple homemade recipe for Hot Cocoa that heats and keeps warm in a crock pot or slow cooker.


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-4 cups whole milk
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


How to cook Crock Pot Hot Cocoa

  1. Add cocoa powder to a cold crock pot. Whisk in 3 cups of milk until well combined. You always want to add wet to dry (instead of dry to wet) to prevent clumping.
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  3. Heat on high until simmering then add milk to taste. Return to a simmer then reduce to “keep warm” or low for serving.


I make this with only 3 cups of milk because I love a super-rich, luxurious hot cocoa but Husband likes it better made with more milk. Start with 3 cups then add milk to taste.

Double or triple the recipe if you’re making this for a party or bigger crowd. Store leftovers in the fridge up to one week then reheat in the microwave.
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  1. Hi Mandy, You said in the story about the neighborhood kids this receipe calls for powdered sugar. This isn't listed in the ingredients for the receipe. When do we add the powdered sugar and how much?

    1. This one doesn't have powdered sugar. The mix I was talking about in the beginning of the post did but not this recipe.

    2. Would it be possible to put up that recipe as well?

    3. Mercy, there's a link under the recipe :)

  2. Mandy, I was wondering how long it typically takes for your cocoa to come to a simmer in your slow cooker. I'm thinking about making this as a treat for my students on the last day before Christmas break and wasn't sure how early to turn it on.

    1. I'd go ahead and crank it up early then set on "keep warm" or warm until you're ready to serve. Enjoy!!

  3. I made your Crock pot coco for a party I had the other night. I served it at the end of the evening when I served the deserts. It was quite a hit and very easy to make. I'm saving what was left over to take to my daughters Christmas Eve. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Wonderful! Did you go with 3 cups of milk or add more?

  4. I just made this for our xmas eve party with 3cups whole milk. everyone is raving! Its so good and rich and creamy!! everyone asked what i did lol

  5. This was the best hot cocoa ever! I made it for a birthday brunch for my mom and it was a big hit. Thank you!

  6. Is there any way I can use a different pot

  7. This is a great idea. Not so useful for me right now, as I live in Bangkok the world's hottest city where hot cocoa isn't always the best drink of choice :) But I'm moving to Austria next year, and it would be great for an Austria party on a cold winter's night :) Will keep this in mind.

  8. So good!! My daughter and I made it tonight and it was really, really good. Have you had any success in tripling the recipe? I was thinking of doing it for my office potluck.

  9. This sounds really good, I love anything with sweetened condensed milk. BTW for toppings I think crushed malted milk balls would be good.


Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy