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Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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This Crockpot Hot Chocolate with Peppermint is an easy homemade recipe that is creamy and delicious!

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.

You’ll love this rich, creamy flavor and how simple this crockpot hot chocolate is to make from scratch.

Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate

(I love this Chocolate Peppermint Winter Cocktail as well!)

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, hot 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.

All the good memories and happy feels.

Not only does hot 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!

You’ll be on the nice list too if you make this for those you love this holiday season.

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?

This recipe for crockpot 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.

You could also offer some fun toppings for guests to sprinkle on, which is always fun.

Easy Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients for Crockpot Hot Chocolate with Peppermint

For this divine crockpot hot chocolate recipe, we’ll be using chocolate chips, crushed candy cane bits, vanilla extract, milk and whipped cream.

I know some folks also add a dash of cocoa powder or white chocolate to their slow cooker. I like this recipe as is though!

This makes a large batch, but you can definitely double — or triple 😉 — if you need more for lots of guests!

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe

How to Make Hot Chocolate in the Crockpot

Place chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, vanilla and milk in a slow cooker.

Heat on high for 45 minutes, or low for 1.5 hours.

Whisk well and serve garnished with whipped cream and additional candy canes for garnish.

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

Slow Cooker Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Recipe

I hope your gang enjoys this delicious holiday treat as much as we do.

This crockpot hot chocolate with peppermint is the best. Enjoy! AND if you love this flavor combo as much as I do, you’ll also love these Peppermint Mocha Macarons!

Slow Cooker Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate recipe is a real crowd pleaser, especially dressed up with peppermint. It couldn't be any easier to make either since you bring it together in the crockpot!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 320kcal


  • 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


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


Calories: 320kcal
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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
White Hot Chocolate from Small Town Woman

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.


    1. Hannah Griffin

      May 16, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      One of my favorite recipes for Christmas time!

    2. Eric Alba

      May 21, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      Hot Choco!!! My favorite…

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