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Crockpot Hot Chocolate Recipe

This crockpot Hot Chocolate Recipe is the best hot chocolate recipe from scratch.  This homemade hot chocolate is made with whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, and just a pinch of salt.  You can make this hot chocolate recipe in the crockpot or on the stovetop.  Your family is going to love this hot chocolate recipe!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 227kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa To make Dark hot chocolate recipe, add an additional 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 6 Cups Whole Milk you can also sub 1 cup of cream for milk, it'll make it extra rich and creamy

Instructions

How to Make Nutella Hot Chocolate in a Slow Cooker

  • In a slow cooker, add the sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla, and pinch of salt, and half of the milk. Whisk until combined. (It's easier to whisk and make sure all the ingredients are combined when you only have half of the milk added) Add the rest of the milk. Whisk again.
  • Place lid on the slow cooker and turn to low. Let the hot chocolate come up to temperature (160-185 degrees) for about 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes.
  • Stir mixture before serving.
  • Ladle into mugs and serve with whipped cream.

How to Make Hot Chocolate on the Stovetop

  • Add all the ingredients to a large pot.  Use a whisk to mix the ingredients together. 
  • Warm on medium heat until the hot chocolate reaches 160 degrees. (Temperatures above 185 will scald the hot chocolate and the flavor will change or the sugars will burn.  It's best to slowly bring the temperature of the hot chocolate up to 160 degrees.)
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, crushed Oreos, or mini chocolate chips if desired.

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions about Nutella Hot Chocolate:

Can you put Nutella in hot chocolate?

Yes, absolutely.  You can add a tablespoon of Nutella to your favorite hot chocolate. It makes an incredible treat!

How to make hot chocolate in the microwave. 

You can add all the ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl.  Mix with a whisk and then heat until the mixture reaches about 160-185 degrees.  Heat for about a minute, stir and repeat until the hot chocolate is hot but not above 185 degrees. 

How to make Hot Chocolate Rich and Creamy

You can make a heavy cream hot chocolate recipe by substituting a cup or two of heavy cream in place of the milk.  It will make the hot chocolate very rich and creamy. So good!

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 343IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 1mg