Best Hot Chocolate Recipe: Crock Pot or Stove Top

In this post: The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe that can be made in a crock pot or on the stove. The perfect drink to warm up on winter days!

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Hello! Believe me, I know you are all busy, but I wanted to pop in with a very easy drink for Christmas morning…it’s the best hot chocolate recipe and it’s super simple. I know it’s been done before, but when I was looking for a recipe to make for my family, I couldn’t find just the right thing. One had whipping cream and 2 cups of chocolate chips. I could not bring myself to consider that seriously. Although it would be amazing I’m sure! Another recipe I found used all water. That’s not what I wanted either. So the simplest thing to do was to make my own version. It’s sort of a combo of both recipes I mentioned, and it really is wonderful. It has that cocoa taste which is what I wanted most. 

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Best Hot Chocolate Recipe: Crockpot or Stove Top

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe that can be made in a crock pot or on the stove. The perfect drink to warm up on winter days!
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5 from 2 votes
Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 12 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dry cocoa


  • Mix the first five ingredients in a crock pot or in a pan on the stove.
  • Slowly add cocoa and stir briskly with a whisk.
  • Heat in a crock pot for two hours on high.
  • Heat on the stove until very hot.
  • Serve with marshmallows and drizzled chocolate syrup.
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Tips for The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • This hot chocolate recipe can be made ahead and stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • You can also refrigerate any left over hot chocolate and reheat.
  • Make sure to shake it very well before reheating because the cocoa settles on the bottom.

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I hope I’m in time for you to add the hot chocolate recipe ingredients to your grocery list. If not, save it for those cold January days ahead. I hope you get everything on your list accomplished and have a few moments to enjoy the weekend with your family. I’m off to wrap a few last minute presents…

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I made the cut out cookies from my lemon shortbread cookie recipe. I didn’t have lemons but I did have oranges…so I used orange zest and orange juice. They were quite delicious…if I do say so myself!

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  1. This recipe sounds delicious and so easy to make. Will be great for breakfast/brunch with family or company, and quite a treat after sledding or building that snowman – or just to watch TV any evening. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is good hot chocolate! We had a hot chocolate bar while the family was around for Christmas. A nice treat for winter days. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    It was so décident I loved it!

  4. 5 stars
    Ann, thank you so much for your blog. I love that you offer beautiful decorating ideas and crafts that I am comfortable trying. I have also used many of your recipes! Luckily I have the ingredients on hand for your hot chocolate so I will give it a trial run today for myself and then make it for my family on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas! 🎄🎄🎄

  5. Thanks for sharing this Hot Chocolate recipe! I just tried it today, on a cold ice/snowy day here in Nebraska. I fixed it in my slow cooker … and my husband and I love it! Will save the recipe to use with grandkids, and also with friends who stop by. Thank you!

  6. Kathleen Johnson says:

    Really love your post and beautiful pictures of encouragement. Especially love the mugs and Hot Chocolate recipe. Yes, I will save it for the cold months ahead. Thank you

  7. I truly enjoy your blog. I am always happy to see your posts pop up on my email! I love your taste in home decor, food, etc. I get such wonderful inspiration from you! I love to minister to people, especially hurting women. A cozy home always helps people feel comfortable! I hope you never stop blogging!! Hope your Christmas was delightful and I am wishing you and your family a very happy and blessed New Year!

  8. Tina Powell says:

    Thank you so much! I look forward to your Saturday blog. Saturday is the morning where I typically have (and take) the time to slow down from the week and view the blog. Thank you for sharing and for the “easy stuff”. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I look forward to what you have in store for 2019.

  9. Barbara Vance says:

    I have been looking for a Hot Chocolate Recipe and I think this one will give me that full creamy chocolate taste. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  10. Ann,
    I love your blog! Thank you for the recipes, home DIY as well as gardening instructions, counseling :) and joy that you bring to me and many others each week!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  11. Denise V Cox says:

    Thank-you so very much for the hot chocolate recipe. It looks like the perfect recipe and I can’t wait to try it…😋
    Merry Christmas, Anne

  12. Ann,
    While I have been a long time subscriber, I don’t usually comment. However, I wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. Thanks for keeping it real!

  13. Charmaine Boggs says:

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for a very Happy New Year! Thanks for all the delicious recipes and inspiration for a beautiful home.