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Delicious crockpot peppermint hot chocolate is an indulgent treat to serve at your holiday gathering. Super easy to make, you just throw chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, milk and vanilla into a slow cooker and you’ll end up with this amazing drink full of wonderful chocolate flavor.
CROCKPOT PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE INGREDIENTS
- 2 cups of chocolate chips
- ½ cup of crushed candy cane bits
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 8 cups of milk
- Whipped cream, for garnish
- Mini candy canes, for garnish
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
MILK: We use whole milk for this simple recipe. You can instead use reduced-fat or plant-based milk such as coconut milk or almond milk if you prefer. You could even make it extra rich and creamy by replacing one or two of the eight cups of milk with heavy cream.
CRUSHED CANDY CANE BITS: You can use store-bought candy cane bits or crush your own peppermint candy canes using a food processor or in a Ziploc bag with a hammer.
PEPPERMINT EXTRACT: For an extra-minty hot chocolate you could add half a teaspoon of peppermint extract if you wish.
EXTRA TOPPINGS: Mini marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate shavings or a dusting of cocoa are always welcome additions to a cup of good hot chocolate.
ALCOHOL: Make this delicious recipe into a spiked adult version by adding a shot of Bailey’s, Kahlua, rum, or peppermint schnapps to your mug.
CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Semi-sweet, milk chocolate or even a combination of milk and white chocolate chips would all work in this tasty treat.
HOW TO MAKE THIS CROCKPOT PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE
STEP ONE: Place the chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, vanilla extract, and milk into a slow cooker.
STEP TWO: Heat on high for 45 minutes or low for 90 minutes.
After the hot chocolate has cooked, if you find it is too sweet, you can add a bit more milk to balance the taste out.
STEP THREE: Whisk well. Use a ladle to decant into mugs.
Add a pinch of salt once all the chocolate has melted. It helps bring out the flavor and balance the sweetness.
STEP FOUR: Top with whipped cream and a mini candy cane stir stick.
HOW TO SERVE
This creamy hot cocoa would be the ideal way to warm up on Christmas Eve. Set up a hot chocolate bar so that your guests can add their favorite extras to the top of the hot chocolate. Include mini marshmallows, chocolate shavings, whipped cream, sprinkles and maraschino cherries.
Of course, don’t limit this tasty recipe to Christmas. It’s the perfect way to keep you warm throughout those cold winter days when you need a warm drink.
IN THE CROCKPOT: You can keep hot chocolate on the warm setting in the crockpot for three to four hours so your guests can help themselves during your holiday party. Give it a good stir every once in a while to make sure it stays nice and creamy.
IN THE FRIDGE: If you need to store crockpot hot chocolate, place it in a sealed container and it will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Warm, sweet and minty, your party guests are sure to love this homemade crockpot peppermint hot chocolate. While making hot chocolate for a number of people can be time consuming, making it in a slow cooker takes no effort at all. Plus, it’ll make your home smell great and get you into the holiday spirit!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This hot cocoa recipe can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for up to three days.
Try adding Bailey’s Kahlua, Rumchata or other creamy liqueurs to turn your hot chocolate into a grown-up version.
This recipe is pretty flexible in terms of the kind of chocolate chips to use. Semi-sweet, milk or dark chocolate, or a combination, would all work in this recipe.
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Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- 2 cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup crushed candy cane bits
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 cup milk
- whipped cream for garnish
- additional candy canes for garnish
- Place chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, vanilla extract, and milk in a slow cooker.
- Heat on high for 45 minutes or low for 90 minutes.
- Whisk well. Use a ladle to decant into mugs.
- Serve garnished with whipped cream and additional candy canes.