Yesterday we got our first snowfall of the season… all .2 inches of it. My kids were so excited they tried sledding on what was basically grass slightly dusted with frost. To ease their snow-craving hearts, I threw a few ingredients in the slowcooker to make their favorite winter beverage before I left for school pickup and it was ready for them when they got home– Crock-pot Hot Chocolate! It’s super easy to make, takes just a few ingredients we almost always have on hand, and WOAH is it delicious. After a few minutes of trying to play in the frigid temps, they came inside and I was so happy to be able to warm their hands and bellies with this easy & delicious recipe.
It’s the perfect treat for snow days, playdates, and winter parties. Or, according to my kids (who were the ones that named this THE BEST EVER!)– it’s perfect for any time.
The recipe originally came from a Crock-Pot cookbook (the small, paperback kind you find in the checkout lane, I don’t even remember the exact title anymore!) but I’ve modified it to make it slightly healthier– basically taking out the heavy cream. To make this hot chocolate even creamier, replace 1 1/2 cups of the milk with heavy cream instead. I typically use whole milk because it’s what I have on hand, but the creamier version is truly decadent for special occasions.
Plus a pinch of this:
Maybe a few more of these…
Wisk it together and put on low for 2 hours…
Here’s the non-photo, printable version of the recipe.
- 7½ cups Whole Milk
- 1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- pinch of salt
- Add all ingredients to the slowcooker and whisk together. Cover.
- Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until chocolate chips are melted. Before serving, stir again. Add to mugs and top with marshmallows if desired.
Have you ever made hot chocolate in a slowcooker? What are your favorite ‘snow day’ traditions?