The necessary addition to a cold winter day, this slow cooker hot chocolate is creamy, rich & indulgent, pairing perfectly with any December afternoon!



total time

2hr 10min

great for


suitable for

gluten free

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Nothing says perfect December day quite like wrapping your hands around a steaming cup of hot chocolate after you return home from a crisp winter walk.

But sometimes the process can feel a little arduous particularly if you have the whole family returning home with you and suddenly you have to churn out cup after cup of hot chocolate.

Well never fear! I have the solution for just this problem…slow cooker hot chocolate. Not only does it require virtually no effort at all, but you can leave it melting away while you enjoy that long family walk.

Plus, that beautiful “keep warm” feature on the slow cooker really comes into its own here and means that you can have a delicious cup of hot chocolate just seconds away the whole evening!

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Two things. Firstly, trust me on the combination of milk and dark chocolate in this slow cooker hot chocolate recipe. The dark chocolate adds depth and richness while the milk chocolate gives just the perfect sweetness without making it sickly.

Second, the ratio of milk to cream is important. While I’m not going to pretend that whole milk is a diet food, using a larger proportion of milk to cream does mean that this hot chocolate recipe is indulgent without being so rich that you won’t be able to finish the cup.

Because…let’s be honest…no one likes wasted hot chocolate!!

2 cups of hot chocolate with cookies

And when it comes to toppings, well that’s when you can really go to town. From whipped cream and marshmallows to candy canes and cocoa powder, the possibilities are endless.

And, if you’re feeling particularly indulgent then this slow cooker hot chocolate does pair perfectly with a cookie jar sprinkle cookie…or two!

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Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

The necessary addition to a cold winter day, this slow cooker hot chocolate is creamy, rich & indulgent, pairing perfectly with any December afternoon!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Suitable For Chocolate, Gluten Free
Servings 8


  • 960 ml whole milk
  • 240 ml double cream
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 75 g milk chocolate chips
  • 75 g dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • (Optional) Toppings whipped cream, marshmallows, cocoa powder, candy canes


  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 2 hours. 
  • Following the 2 hours the chocolate should be melted; if need be, stir or whisk quickly to remove any clumps. 
  • Serve with as many toppings as desired!
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