Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Our daughter is in college experiencing life in a dorm right now. She called the other day to ask if she could bring some friends home for dinner. They are all tired of eating fast food on campus and are almost out of credit on their meal tickets (the pitfalls of trying to get the cheapest meal plan so you won’t have a lot of extra left at the end of the semester, but have enough to last the whole way through). Of course we said yes. It is always fun when they come over, and if you want to feel appreciated, just make a starving college student a home-cooked meal. They were so sweet. Anyway, recently I found the best recipe for hot chocolate made in the slow cooker so I knew this would be a good night to make it.
I am normally not a huge fan of hot chocolate. I prefer to eat my sugar in the form of a cookie or a piece of pie. But I absolutely loved this recipe. The first time I tasted it I drank 2 cups. It was so creamy and rich. You can whip it up in about 5 minutes, and then just have to let it heat up in the slow cooker for about 3 hours. I have also made it in a pan on the stove, but the advantage of the slow cooker is you can forget about it and get other things done. Just a note of caution, I put marshmallows in the slow cooker because I thought it looked pretty, and that was not a good idea. They melted and stuck to the sides and then started to burn. Not exactly the fragrance I was looking for as the college students walked in. So just put the marshmallows in each individual cup and you won’t have that problem.
In fact, I wanted to show you a fun little drink station I put together. I have always loved the designated beverage carts or tables that I have seen all over Pinterest and wanted to have one. But my kitchen just does not have enough counter space or floor space for a separate area so I decided to make a drink station on a cake stand. I have marshmallows for hot chocolate (sometimes I put powdered hot chocolate and chocolate chips in with the marshmallows, too), candy canes for stirring sticks,
several different flavors of tea bags, and some Chai Tea mix.
The nice thing is I can move it around my kitchen to wherever is convenient at the time. Most of the time I use it as a centerpiece either on my kitchen table or the island. That way all I have to do is heat up some water for the tea or make some hot chocolate, and I’m not hunting in my cupboard for all of the accompaniments to go with it. And this time of year, the less I have to go hunting in my cupboard, the better! 🙂
One of the college students that was over said this hot chocolate was “the bomb!” I believe that is the highest compliment that can be awarded to a cup of hot chocolate. We had a great evening together. I always laugh a lot when I am around them. I think being around kids keeps you young. And the best part was, when they left to go study for their final exams, I didn’t have to go study for a test. I could just sit back and relax with a cup of hot cocoa. I don’t want to be that young! 🙂
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
- 2/3 c hot water
- 1/2 c powdered baking cocoa (unsweetened)
- 1 (14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk (I used Eagle Brand)
- 1 1/2 c heavy cream (unsweetened and not whipped)
- 6 c whole milk
- 1/2 c sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- dash of salt
- marshmallows or whipped cream for garnish
- In a small bowl, combine hot water and unsweetened baking cocoa. Stir until smooth.
- Combine all the ingredients, including the cocoa mixture, in a slow cooker, and whisk to combine. Caution: Don’t put marshmallows in slow cooker as they will burn!
- Heat on low for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
- When hot chocolate is warm, ladle into individual cups, and garnish with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.
Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally by Melissa at No. 2 Pencil