Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate is the perfect drink for a holiday party. It’s thick and creamy with chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint.

There’s nothing better than curling up with a warm drink like Hot Chocolate or Apple Cider on a winter afternoon. This recipe for Crockpot Hot Chocolate is easy to serve as a festive Dessert with an extra holiday flavor of peppermint added.

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate in Mug with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce

It’s hard to think of anything cozier than enjoying Hot Cocoa around the Christmas tree. Crockpot Hot Chocolate is perfect for the holiday season! Instead of making hot cocoa fresh on the stovetop, you can prep it in advance and leave it simmering in the crockpot. Put it out during a potluck, party, or Christmas Eve for everyone to enjoy throughout the evening.

Along with its convenience, Crockpot Hot Chocolate tastes absolutely wonderful. The chocolate with peppermint blends into the vanilla and creamy ingredients perfectly for the ultimate Hot Cocoa. Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate is sure to be a huge hit with kids and adults alike!

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate in Crockpot with Chocolate Chips Poured In before and after whisking

MAKE A PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE BAR

A fun way to serve this festive treat is to have bowls of optional toppings to make your own little hot chocolate bar. Mini marshmallows, candy cane bits, chocolate shavings, Chocolate Ganache, Salted Caramel Sauce, sprinkles, and Whipped Cream are some delicious options. Along with the candy cane pieces you can also have whole canes for garnish. If you put out all the delicious toppings everyone can just pick their favorite type to make delicious and personalized mugs of Hot Chocolate. It’s like a treat and a bit of an activity in one.

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate in Mug with Mini Marshmallows and Candy Canes

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PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE AS A GIFT

Homemade treats are great for frugal gift ideas. While you can’t exactly deliver a mug of hot chocolate in the mail to your friends and relatives, you can make this into an adorable and thoughtful Christmas gift.

  • Start by adding the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and salt to a mason jar.
  • You can add on additional toppings like candy cane bits, and mini marshmallows to fill the space on top.
  • Seal the Hot Cocoa Mix and tie a ribbon or twine around the top.
  • You can type up the liquid ingredients and instructions. Then print it out as a tag and tie it to the mug. That way everyone who gets the gift will be able to make their own fresh, piping hot crockpot of delicious Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate in Crockpot and Laddle

VARIATIONS ON SLOW COOKER PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE

  • Type of milk: You can change the type of milk you use in Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Try out almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk for dairy-free options. If you want the entire recipe dairy-free, you’ll have to replace the chocolate and heavy cream with dairy-free alternatives.
  • Dark Chocolate: For a more bittersweet chocolate flavor, use dark chocolate instead of semisweet. You can use dark chocolate chips or cut up a bar of chocolate to put the pieces in the recipe.
  • Extra Peppermint: For a little peppermint crunch, break apart pieces of peppermint candies or use candy cane bits to sprinkle over the top. Alternatively, you could stick whole canes in as a garnish in each mug.
  • Boozy Hot Chocolate: For a little kick of alcohol, mix in 1 ½ to 2 cups peppermint schnapps or your favorite type of liqueur before serving.

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate in Mug with Mini Marshmallows and Candy Canes

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HOW TO STORE SLOW COOKER PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE

  • Serve: Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate shouldn’t be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours. If you’re planning to leave it out for a party, just leave the slow cooker on low heat and stir it before each time you serve it.
  • Store: If you have leftover hot chocolate, let it cool down then put it in an airtight container to store in the fridge. It will stay good for 4 days.
  • Freeze: You can even freeze Hot Chocolate for up to 3 months. Just let it thaw in the fridge and then reheat it on the stove or in a slow cooker. Mix it thoroughly before serving.

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate in Mug with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce

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Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate is the perfect drink for a holiday party. It’s thick and creamy with chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint.
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • To your slow cooker add the milk, heavy cream, and cocoa powder, whisk very well until smooth.
  • Add in the chocolate chips and salt and stir.
  • Cook on low for 1-2 hours.
  • Whisk well until chocolate chips are fully melted.
  • Add vanilla extract and peppermint extract, whisk well and serve immediately.
  • Keep on warm, covered, if serving during a party, and stir before serving each time.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 504IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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