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Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Hot chocolate is a real crowd pleaser. It’s like your favorite little black dress—always ready for a holiday party. Dress it up with peppermint and it will be a sure hit on your winter beverage bar but this recipe has something else going for it.

Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Have you ever noticed how a smell or taste can become associated with an emotion? I’ve never had a bad experience with hot chocolate!

It transports me to a place of comfort and joy with all sorts of happy memories.

For example, cocoa gets partnered with the afterglow of Christmas caroling, sledding, scoping the neighborhood for decoration displays, football game celebrations and Santa’s plate of cookies.

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

Not only does cocoa provide warm fuzzy intangibles, dark chocolate (my favorite) has possible health benefits—lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, decreasing blood pressure, increasing insulin sensitivity, and improving mood.

I’m not saying hot chocolate is medicinal…but it’s more on my nice instead of naughty list!

Ingredients for Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

So when you’re in a holiday hurry and it’s time to party and you want a festive beverage for the gang, may I suggest hot chocolate?

Easy Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Recipe

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe

This recipe for Peppermint Hot Chocolate is especially great for a party because you can make it in a slow cooker and get on with the next item on your to-do list.

Slow Cooker Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Recipe

Guests add or subtract all the whipped cream and candy canes they want. Sounds like a holiday party to me!


Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy cane bits
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups milk (we used whole/homogenized milk)
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • additional candy canes, for garnish


  1. Place chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, vanilla and milk in a slow cooker.
  2. Heat on high for 45 minutes, or low for 1.5 hours.
  3. Whisk well and serve garnished with whipped cream and additional candy canes.


  • Calories: 3468
  • Sugar: 398
  • Sodium: 1208
  • Fat: 147
  • Saturated Fat: 94
  • Unsaturated Fat: 42
  • Trans Fat: 2
  • Carbohydrates: 444
  • Protein: 91
  • Cholesterol: 238


You’ll also love these Peppermint Mocha Macarons!

Check out these delicious ideas from some creative foodies:
Strawberry Candy Cane Mousse from Mom Endeavors
Peppermint Cheesecake Jars from See Vanessa Craft
Candy Cane Almond Bark from A Night Owl Blog
Peppermint Macarons from Ashlee Marie
Peppermint Oreo Truffles from Two Twenty One
Peppermint Brownie Truffles from Happiness is Homemade
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Fudge from Printable Crush
Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies from The Idea Room

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.