30 degree weather calls for crockpot hot chocolate

It’s officially reached below freezing in the past weeks which means it’s time for something warm and cozy. And with Christmas around the corner, it’s important to add a hint of that.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate:


1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1/3 cup hot water

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (roughly chopped)

4 cups (1 quart) milk

1/4 cup half and half (or replace with additional milk)

1/4 cup sugar

5-7 candy canes (pulsed in food processor)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the hot water and the cocoa powder, stir until smooth.
  2. Add the bittersweet chocolate, milk, half and half, sugar, and candy canes to the slow cooker along with the cocoa paste. Heat on the low setting for 2 hours, stir every 30 minutes or so. If you notice the chocolate is not melting after the first hour, switch to the high heat setting and let cook the remaining 1 hour on high (stirring every 30 minutes)
  3. Serve warm with marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed candy canes, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, or chocolate shavings.

This hot chocolate wasn’t a very hard recipe and it went very smoothly. The only problem I faced was whether the recipe was asking for unsweetened cocoa powder or regular considering it doesn’t specify. But because I used sugar, I settled on using unsweetened, which was already available in my pantry.

When I mixed the cocoa powder and hot water together it formed a liquid, so I don’t understand why this individual called it a cocoa paste. The bittersweet chocolate was very difficult for me to find considering there was only one package of it at our local Walmart, and it was Ghirardelli. It came as a four ounce bar and I just used a steak knife to chop it into small chunks.

When it came to how much sugar and candy canes to use, I decided on using 5 candy canes with the recommended 1/4 cup of sugar, and this was the perfect amount of sweet and peppermint for me. I also didn’t have a food processor, so I simply put them in a ziplock and crushed them with a rolling pin until they were tiny bits. It’s a very easy recipe because you toss everything into the crock pot at once.

After 2 hours in the crockpot and giving it a taste, I decided that the recipe may have been suggesting sweetened cocoa powder as it wasn’t as sweet as I would have liked.

I recommend topping it with whipped cream and crushed candy cane bits. Overall I give this recipe a 7/10 and would definitely drink it on a chilly day.

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