hot cocoa for parties

Here at Chic we’re big fans of a slow-cooker recipe! So we thought it would be a great idea to make hot chocolate in the slow-cooker. It’s perfect for parties and with a few helpful tricks from us, you can set up your own Hot Cocoa Bar at your next holiday party! 

how to make hot cocoa in crockpot

This is a simple recipe. The hardest part is dumping everything into the slow-cooker. It’s not that complicated. 

easy hot chocolate recipe for crowd

Add in the chocolate chips and give it a stir every now and then while the hot cocoa cooks. This will ensure the chocolate melts evenly. 

chocolate chips in bowl

After two hours you can set up your hot cocoa bar… this makes a great addition to a Cookie Exchange Party.  Place a bunch of different toppings and add-ins into short and tall cups and glasses to create different heights! 

toppings for hot cocoa

We used different toppings like cookies, wafers, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, white chocolate, candy canes, marshmallows and whipped cream to go along with our slow cooker hot cocoa! You can post little signs by each to make it easier for your guests. 

chocolate cookies

wafer cookies

candy canes for hot chocolate bar

You can even put a cute sign in the center or end of the bar to let people know what is happening! 

The Chic Site Hot Cocoa Bar Printablethe chic site hot cocoa

All that’s left to do is serve yourself a cup and run wild with the topping possibilities and options!

slow cooker hot cocoa

hot cocoa recipe the chic site

This is the perfect set up for your holiday party or small gathering with family. It’s especially great if you have kids. So the next time you’re looking for something new and fun to do, give this Slow-Cooker Hot Cocoa a try! Making it in a slow-cooker just means less work and stress for you. 

Slow-Cooker Hot Cocoa
Serves 12
Hot Cocoa made in a slow-cooker. Just combine all of the ingredients into the bowl of a slow-cooker and let it do all the work for you. No added stress or worries. Plus, it makes for a great hot cocoa bar!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
  1. 8 cups milk
  2. 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  3. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  4. 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. toppings of your choice
  1. Combine all of the ingredients (expect the toppings) in the bowl of a slow-cooker. Give it a stir to dissolve the sweetened condensed milk and to evenly distribute the chocolate chips. Cook on low for about 2 hours, stirring every now and then to ensure everything is well combined. Keep warm until ready to serve. Serve with various toppings like whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, cookies, chocolate syrup, candy canes, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, and anything else you like! Enjoy!
Rachel Hollis