Slow Cooker White Christmas Hot Chocolate


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Slow Cooker White Christmas Hot Chocolate is the perfect hot cocoa to serve at a holiday party or enjoy with the kids all winter season long. This delicious drink is so easy to make with just four ingredients; even your kids can do it!

Make a hot chocolate drink bar with a few of my other hot cocoa recipes like this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate or Slow Cooker Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate.

Hands holding a mug of hot chocolate.

Why you should make slow cooker white hot chocolate

Starbucks white hot chocolate quickly becomes one of the most popular hot drinks of the season, and rightfully so. But with this homemade white hot chocolate recipe, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost. White chocolate chips are slowly melted with heavy cream, milk, and vanilla in a crock pot for the perfect warm drink to enjoy on a cold day and taste just as good as a coffee shop cocoa.

If you are looking for a cider type recipe, you will LOVE my Warm Christmas Punch Recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for white hot chocolate on a table.
  • White Chocolate Chips: When mixed with other ingredients, completely melted chocolate chips make the perfect drink. You don’t need to add sugar, for the white chocolate chips are already very sweet.
  • Heavy Cream: This is a thickener and will not curdle when heated. The cream also acts as an enrichment of flavor.
  • Whole Milk: Milk helps what would be white chocolate sauce become a creamy beverage that’s not too thick.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds the perfect vanilla flavor to the white chocolate.

Step-by-Step Directions

4 images showing how to make white hot chocolate in a slow cooker.

Step One – Add white chocolate chips to the bottom of the slow cooker.

Step Two – Pour heavy cream, milk, and vanilla extract and stir.

Step Three – Cook on LOW for 3 hours (stirring halfway through the cooking time).

Step Four – Ladle a scoop or two into mugs and add the toppings of your choice. Serve and enjoy!

overhead shot of warm white hot chocolate.

How to Serve

  • Cocoa toppings have always been the highlight of the drink. I love hearing about the different toppings people like to serve on their white hot chocolate. A few favorites are marshmallows, a dollop of whipped cream, shaved white chocolate to make it a “White Christmas” hot chocolate. This white cocoa is great to serve when watching the movie White Christmas.
  • When it comes to switching up the flavor a bit, you can add a mini candy cane at the bottom of the mug and add a drop of peppermint extract for a minty flavor. Adding a cinnamon stick and a dash of ground cinnamon on top will give you another seasonal taste.
mug of white hot chocolate in front of a slow cooker.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use almond milk instead of whole milk?

Yes. If you prefer almond milk, simply substitute it at a 1:1 ratio.

Can I use half and half instead of heavy cream?

Half and half would usually curdle when warmed; however, because this recipe also uses milk, you should be okay with using it instead of heavy cream and don’t use the high setting on your slow cooker.

How do I keep this beverage warm?

Once cooking time is complete, turn your crock pot to the warm setting. As the beverage gets low, it’s best to turn the pot completely off so the remaining cocoa doesn’t burn.

How do I store leftover cocoa?

Pour any leftover hot chocolate into glass mason jars with secured tops. If you don’t have mason jars, you can use any kind of airtight container. It’s best to allow the drink to cool to a warm temperature, then put it in the fridge.

What is the best way to reheat leftover hot cocoa?

Reheat any leftover white hot chocolate on the stovetop over medium heat.

Mug of white hot chocolate.

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overhead shot of warm white hot chocolate.

Slow Cooker White Christmas Hot Chocolate

5 from 28 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8
A festive white hot chocolate perfect for Christmas. Don't forget the white toppings; marshmallows, whipped cream and white chocolate curls.

Ingredients 
 

  • 12 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups heavy cream or half & half
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Topping ideas

  • mini marshmallows
  • whipped cream
  • shaved white chocolate

Instructions 

  • In a 4 quart or larger slow cooker add all the ingredients (excluding the toppings) starting with the chocolate chips.
  • Cook on LOW for 3 hours, stirring at least once halfway through cooking.
  • Stir and serve warm, top with whipped cream, mini marshmallows and shave chocolate if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Nutritional values do not include toppings.
  • You can double the recipe if needed for more guests.
  • Once cooking time is complete, turn your crock pot to the warm setting. As the beverage gets low, it’s best to turn the pot completely off so the remaining cocoa doesn’t burn.
  • To store: Pour any leftover hot chocolate into glass mason jars with secured tops. If you don’t have mason jars, you can use any kind of airtight container. It’s best to allow the drink to cool to a warm temperature, then put it in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1134IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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29 Comments

  1. Leah says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely amazing! It was by far the star of the baby shower I hosted yesterday!!! Will be using it again next weekend for our family Christmas party!!

  2. Jennie Wudyka says:

    Delicious mixed with coffee!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Great idea!

  3. Sweet Tooth says:

    It was good but just way too sweet. Thought my teen boys would like it but not so much. A lot it went to waste, which I absolutely hate. Next time, I’ll make individual cups so can adjust the sweetness.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You can add more milk if it’s too sweet.

  4. Tracy Skagen says:

    Hello, would you suggest adding food coloring to change the color? Thanks!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You sure can since it’s white. Just add a little at a time.

  5. Chris Hughes says:

    5 stars
    We added a little pepperment liquor. It was so yummy.

  6. Karen says:

    If there is a time issue could this be done on stove top then kept warm in the slow cooker for serving???

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes! That will work well!