Sunday, December 11, 2011

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe



For the past few weeks my daughter and I have mulled over the idea of creating a hot chocolate bar for her youth groups' progressive dinner.   While she dreamed of homemade marshmallows, hand crafted treat labels, and displays that looked like they had come "right out of a magazine" (no pressure:),  I was contemplating the logistics of serving a group of teenagers a hot beverage.   I surfed blogs and browsed Pinterest until I discovered a recipe for Creamy Crockpot Hot Cocoa at Mrs. Happy Homemaker.

Breaking my cardinal rule of never serving to guests a recipe that I had not previously attempted, I purchased the ingredients and added it to my "Hot Chocolate Bar" planning sheet.  Being slightly skeptical, however, I also purchased some dry hot cocoa mix and had a kettle of water simmering on my stove the night of the party.


A few hours before the group of ninth graders was scheduled to pull up in front of our house on a hay wagon, I placed all of the hot chocolate ingredients in my crock pot and hoped for the best.  It did not ease my nerves when my husband peered into the white liquid in my slow cooker and said, "What is that?!"  The recipe said to stir the mixture of whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, vanilla, and milk chocolate chips occasionally, but in my nervousness, I upped the stirring up to frequently.  After the mixture had been in the crock pot for about an hour, bits of chocolate started to rise to the top of the liquid and then after a whisk it began to look like hot cocoa.   All of my anxiety disappeared as soon as I sampled this creamy and flavorful warm beverage.


While I busied myself with putting the finishing touches on the Hot Chocolate Bar, the cocoa continued to simmer in the crock pot.  A few minutes before the guests were scheduled to arrive, I stirred the liquid with my immersion blender.  That created the frothy texture that I desired and added to its creaminess.


It turns out I didn't need the packet of hot cocoa mix after all because this Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is decadent and delicious.   My daughter ladled portions of it into mugs and then the teens helped themselves to a variety of marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed candy canes, and a variety of other toppings.  This recipe is already a holiday favorite of our family.  Merry Christmas!



Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe
     inspired by Mrs. Happy Homemaker

1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14 ounces
6 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package milk chocolate chips (11.5 ounces or approximately 2 cups)
  1. Add whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, and vanilla to crock pot.  Whisk.
  2. Stir in milk chocolate chips.
  3. Cover crock pot and cook on low for about 2 hours, stirring about every 15 minutes.  When chocolate chips have fully melted and mixture is combined you may want to reduce your crock pot to the 'warm' setting.  
  4. Prior to serving whisk mixture vigorously or stir with an immersion blender to froth.
  5. Serve plain or with a variety of toppings such as marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed candy canes, M&M's, and more.
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24 comments:

  1. Since I am having a hot chocolate playdate party next week this post comes at the perfect time! Thanks and I am feeling inspired!

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  2. Hi Heidi,
    What a great idea for the Youth Group, this is a great recipe. Your table looks very pretty, I am sure everyone loved it. Have a wonderful week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  3. I am totally going to make this!! YUM!!!! Perfect for the long winter months coming up =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF!! Merry Christmas,
    Beth =-)

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  4. Yum I'll have to try this! Will you link it to my Handmade On Humpday link party? http://createdbycori.blogspot.com/2011/12/handmade-on-humpday-5.html

    I am now following you and I hope you'll follow me back! Merry Christmas!

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  5. I made this for a Christmas ornament party I hosted. I looooved it.

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  6. what an awesome idea! so fun! I'd love for you to link up to my Feature Friday Linky Party

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2011/12/feature-friday-linky-party_15.html

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  7. Homemade hot cocoa is so delicious! Great to have a crock pot recipe for it on hand. Thanks, sharing! :)

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  8. Mmmm...that sounds so delicious! I bet that's WAY better than a powdered mix! I want to try it {I'm a sucker for hot chocolate} but hubby is lactose intolerant. :( Maybe I'll make it for our bible study group...thanks for sharing the recipe! Would you consider sharing it here at my party too?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/12/shine-on-fridays-6-and-some-fabulous.html

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  9. I really love the idea of this. My co-worker and I are planning having a cocoa party in January. We simply ran out of time before the holidays. Snowmen are still perfect in January. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  10. What fun! I love the idea of a holiday hot chocolate bar! I think I may try this crock pot recipe for Christmas morning. I'm stopping over from the link party at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms. Great post!

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  11. I like this! I just may have to feature you on Home Cooking in January. I will get back with you on the date. Happy Holidays!

    http://gangi-homecooking.blogspot.com/

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  12. I have a stupid question, but does the recipe use whipped cream or heavy whipping cream?

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  13. That is not a stupid question, all the different types of milk can be very confusing. This recipe uses the liquid milk which has the highest fat content often called whipping cream or heavy whipping cream. Don't whip it just pour it in.

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  14. I made this recipe on Christmas Eve for my family. My 9-year-old grandson had a ball helping me pour everything into the crockpot. It was the hit of the party . . is very creamy and the richist hot cocoa ever.

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  15. Hi Heidi...I am featuring you on Home Cooking this Wednesday. We are having a blast of cold air here in Florida, so I thought this is a great time to feature your Crock Pot Hot Chocolate! Thank you for sharing. I hope you get some new visitors.

    http://gangi-homecooking.blogspot.com/

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  16. I might just have to try this recipe in the crock pot... I'm a hot chocolate addict ;)
    I love your blog, I've been reading it for a while and I tried some recipes some time ago.

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  17. How many does this serve? I am hoping to serve 21 students. Will that be enough ingredients or should i double?

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  18. It depends on the portions, but I think you should double it, possibly with two crock pots if you can swing it. Enjoy!

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  19. I am having a Christmas cocoa party. Found this recipe and tried it to see how it was. My girls think it is a little to sweet. How should I tone down the sweetness? My party is in a couple weeks.

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  20. I am having a Christmas cocoa party. Found this recipe and tried it to see how it was. My girls think it is a little to sweet. How should I tone down the sweetness? My party is in a couple weeks.

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    1. You could try using different combinations of chips or chunks of chocolate such as dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate. Also, you could serve it with unsweetened or very lightly sweetened whipped cream. I'd love to hear how it turns out for you. Happy Holidays!

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  21. I made this during Christmas holidays, it was a hit. My family has already requested it again.

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  22. How many people does this recipe serve?

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  23. I'm going to use this recipe soon! Thanks for the idea!

    I'm hosting a link party and would love if you would share this post!
    http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com

    Merry Christmas!

    xo
    Daniela
    Put A Bird On It

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