This creamy slow cooker hot chocolate recipe is oh so good and oh so easy! Making crock pot hot chocolate is simple and this delicious Black and White Crockpot Hot Cocoa recipe is inspired by a favorite Starbucks hot chocolate drink. Pop the simple ingredients into the crockpot and enjoy the perfect hot drink that will make you feel all cozy, warm and toasty inside!

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Let’s make crockpot hot chocolate!

Crockpot Hot Chocolate REcipe

Have you ever ordered a Black and White Hot Chocolate from Starbucks? Starbucks version of our crockpot hot chocolate is on their secret menu.

Related: Check out our big list of hot chocolate recipes kids love

Our creamy homemade crockpot hot chocolate recipe is something you won’t want to keep it a secret either! The sweet and creamy hot chocolate taste can be kept warm for hours in the slow cooker making this perfect for holiday evenings with friends and relatives. We love this hot cocoa recipe for the colder months, but it really works year round and beats those hot chocolate packets any day of the year (bye, bye Swiss Miss).

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Let’s make hot chocolate in the crockpot!

Easy Crock pot Hot Chocolate Recipe

Crock pot best hot chocolate? It is hands down the Black and White Hot Chocolate Starbucks Copycat Recipe. This hands off hot cocoa recipe is simple, delicious, and great for serving a crowd.

Related: Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe is easy to make too

Whether you’re trimming the Christmas tree, coming in from playing in the snow, or just craving a warm comforting treat; this hot chocolate recipe is sure to satisfy. Fire up that crockpot and sip on this delicious treat.

Ingredients Needed To Make This Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa

This delicious hot chocolate only uses a few basic ingredients. It’s an easy recipe that uses real chocolate. It’s going to be much sweeter and rich with melted chocolate rather that hot cocoa packets, not that there is anything wrong with the store bought stuff.

Tip: Check the size of your crockpot to see if you can fit in a double batch which will double the holiday spirit!

Directions to Make Hot Chocolate in a Crockpot

Step 1

Turn slow cooker to the low setting and add all ingredients at once. <–Told you this would be easy!

Step 2

Cook for 2 hours, be sure to stir occasionally.

If you have less than 2 hours, then start the ingredients on the high setting until fully heated and then turn down to low heat.

Step 3

Once all of the chocolate is melted and it’s nice and hot, turn your slow cooker to the warm setting and taste.

Add more sugar if you like it extra sweet.

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This Crock pot hot chocolate is my absolute favorite. Rich, hot, creamy, yum!

Serve Crock Pot Hot Chocolate in a Hot Chocolate Bar

Create an easy hot chocolate bar surrounding your slow cooker with all the different favorite toppings anyone might want to drink this best hot cocoa in a favorite way. Hot cocoa recipes can be topped with so many delicious things:

  • Whipped Cream (purchased or made from heavy cream)
  • Candy canes, peppermint sticks and peppermint candies
  • Marshmallows & mini marshmallows & extra marshmallows! – check out the marshmallows with the snowman faces
  • Additional milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cookies for dipping & dunking – Gingerbread men might just jump right in!
  • For adults only: Add a dash of peppermint schnapps!

Set out your special occasion mugs, some festive napkins and a stir stick.

How to Store Leftover Easy Slow Cooker Chocolate

If you have leftovers, pour the creamy hot chocolate recipe into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat in a microwave mug one delicious cup at a time.

I’m Lactose Intolerant…Can I Use Other Types Of Milks In This Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate?

While this is the perfect hot chocolate, we can make it even more perfect so that this best crockpot hot chocolate can suit everyone. Yes you can! It may not be as thick as using whole milk (it has cream) but you can use dairy alternatives like:

  • Almond Milk
  • Cashew Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Oat Milk
  • Soy Milk

Why We Love This Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Whether you just want a hot drink or you need a pick me up on a cold day, this homemade hot chocolate is perfect for the holiday season. You could even whip up some heavy whipping cream to make homemade whipped cream for your hot chocolate. Sprinkle your whipped cream with some unsweetened cocoa powder.. and you have the most perfect drink for special occasions.

Your whole family will love it! Serve it on Christmas Eve with some chocolate chip cookies or drink it on Christmas morning for a special treat. Regardless, you won’t go wrong with this slow cooking big batch of hot chocolate. This delicious holiday drink…or cold weather drink is perfect for a cold night, movie night with a best friend, or the perfect drink for holiday parties.

Some Of Our Favorite Hot Chocolate Goodies and Items

Looking for some festive mugs and delicious hot chocolate toppings? We got you, these are some of our favorite hot chocolate accessories and toppings:

Christmas Mugs:

Hot Chocolate Toppings:

Yield: 16 servings

The Perfect Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

This crockpot hot chocolate is the absolute best

The most delicious and decadent cup of crockpot hot chocolate you will ever have! It is a Starbucks copycat recipe that you can make at home!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 8 cups of whole milk (one half gallon)
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Optional for serving: Whipped Cream or Marshmallows


  1. Turn slow cooker to low and add all ingredients.
  2. Cook for 2 hours, be sure to stir occasionally.
  3. Once all of the chocolate is melted and it’s nice and hot, turn your slow cooker to warm and taste. Add more sugar if you like it extra sweet.
  4. Serve with lots of whipped cream or marshmallows!

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How did your crockpot hot chocolate recipe turn out?

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  1. How many servings does this slow cooker hot chocolate make? I need to make it for at least 25 kids.