I am all about slow-cooker entertaining. I adore making slow-cooker dips and the other days I did a little experiment just to see if I could make slow-cooker grown-up hot chocolate. And, it turns out, I could. I got the idea from the way my mom used to make mulled cider and keep it warm in the crock-pot at parties. I figured, why not do it with hot chocolate? I added all of the ingredients to my slow-cooker and turned it on for the afternoon. By the time the party started, a few friends over for dinner, it was piping hot and ready to serve. I couldn’t believe it had turned out so well. I was quite relieved I didn’t even have to tuck into my back-up cocktail plan. The beverage stayed warm all through the party and people ladled steaming hot chocolate into their mugs to their hearts content. The perfect slow-cooker cocktail for winter, indeed.
Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate
- 8 cups 2% milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup clear vodka (optional)
- Pour all of the ingredients into the slow-cooker and turn it on high heat.
- Whisk the ingredients every 30 minutes for the first hour and a half, then leave it to heat for the final hour and a half. By the third hour the hot chocolate should be smooth and hot. Stir in the vodka if using.
- Turn the heat to low and allow the hot chocolate to stay warm during the party, stirring as needed!