Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate is an easy, rich hot chocolate recipe with real dark chocolate and cocoa powder, and topped with whipped cream and peppermint crunch!
This will be my last post before Christmas so I can relax and enjoy the holiday with my family. I knew I wanted to leave you a recipe that was super festive and always welcome. I mean, what’s winter without a great cup of hot chocolate? This Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate is what winter is all about!
My kids are crazy about hot chocolate. I started testing slow cooker hot chocolate recipes a few weeks ago because I decided to set up a hot chocolate bar for Christmas Eve. It will be complete with homemade marshmallows, whipped cream, and plenty of peppermint crunch. I’m not sure if anybody else will get any with my kids around….we’ll just have to see how it goes. 🙂
This hot chocolate couldn’t be easier. Just pop your chocolate chips in the slow cooker and add your milk and sweetener, and let it cook for a few hours over low heat. Other than stirring it every now and then to distribute the melted chocolate throughout, this stuff is low maintenance.
You can use your favorite chocolate chips here — mine happen to be extra dark chocolate chips because in my mind the more chocolate flavor the better! And dark chocolate and peppermint is one of the best combinations ever.
My kids agree with me on that one. 🙂
I used whole milk for this recipe because I wanted this hot chocolate to be a bit on the richer side. Use whatever milk you have on hand, however! You can lighten it up with skim milk or go for broke using half and half, heavy cream, or any combination you desire.
This Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate is guaranteed to be a huge hit, and is perfect for parties and holiday gatherings. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and I’ll be back next week with a delicious appetizer recipe for New Year’s Eve!
In the mood for more chocolate and peppermint?
- 4 cups whole milk
- ¼ cup granulated sugar*
- 4 ounces chopped dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (dark or regular)
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
- Optional toppings: whipped cream and peppermint crunch, or marshmallows
- Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir well to combine. Cook on low heat for about 3-4 hours, whisking the mixture from time to time to incorporate the melted chocolate. Serve warm with whipped cream and peppermint crunch or marshmallows!
*If you like your hot chocolate a little sweeter, add up to 1-2 tablespoons more granulated sugar.
For more peppermint flavor, add up to ½ teaspoon more peppermint extract!
Recipe by Flavor the Moments.