Creamy crockpot hot chocolate

I love, love, love the holiday season.  When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than bundling up on the couch with a blanket and some hot chocolate.

Wrapping my hands around a warm mug invites memories of sitting in the bleachers at brisk football games, waking up on Christmas morning to sticky buns and hot chocolate, and one of my favorites, arising at an insane hour to stand in freezing long lines for Black Friday, with the consolation of killer deals, fantastic people-watching, and a warm cup in my hands.

Usually, all of these hot chocolate memories include powder dumped from a packet.  Oh boy, do I have a treat for you!

OMD (Oh my decadence)!  This recipe is the creamiest, most delicious hot chocolate I have ever had.  I came up with the recipe for a family brunch recently and it was a huge hit.  Since my taste buds have been yearning for pumpkin lately, I wanted to experiment with it in a hot chocolate.  Sound crazy?  It is delicious!  But you can easily leave the pumpkin out and still have a decadent hot chocolate.

Easily prepared on the stove or the crock pot, this is the perfect treat for hitting those early Black Friday deals, or for a magical Christmas morning. Creamy crockpot hot chocolate

Creamy crockpot hot chocolate

 

Creamy Holiday Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

Creamy Holiday Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 10 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate melting chips (or white chocolate chips)
  • 2 cups (one 11.5 oz bag) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine milk, pumpkin puree, and sweetened condensed milk in a pan and heat on medium low until heated through, stirring often. *This mixture should never boil.
  2. Add white chocolate and milk chocolate to the pan and stir while the chocolate melts.
  3. Once chocolate has melted and combined with the liquid, add the remaining spices. Stir to combine.
  4. Using a fine strainer (to capture the larger spice particles), strain the hot chocolate into a crock pot. This will make it incredibly creamy and delicious! Turn on warm until ready to serve.
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Creamy crockpot hot chocolate

 You can make it directly in the crock pot by simply combining ingredients, turning the crock pot on low, and stirring often until chocolate has melted and all ingredients are combined.  It is still a good idea to strain the mixture.

*A Quick Note:  I did try making this hot chocolate the night before and then left the crock pot on warm over night but thought it gave the hot chocolate a funny taste.  I would recommend making it fairly close to serving time (don’t leave overnight).

Creamy crockpot hot chocolate

 Then pour yourself a mug, snuggle up, and enjoy!

Creamy crockpot hot chocolate

 I sure wish I could still wear footed jammies.  It kind of makes the experience that much more complete!

Creamy crockpot hot chocolate

 

Happy Holidays!

Creamy crockpot hot chocolate

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COMMENTS
  1. November 21st, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    Beth B. says:
    This sounds yummy!! Can you taste the pumpkin? Also, I'm pretty sure Target sells adult-sized footed pajamas. :)
    • November 23rd, 2012 at 12:49 pm
      Nicolette says:
      Haha! I will definitely check out target:). The pumpkin is noticeable but not overpowering.
  2. November 24th, 2012 at 11:23 am
    Stephanie says:
    This recipe sounds heavenly and rich! Yum! ... Footed jammies reminds me of living in England in college, without central heat! My mom somehow found and shipped from the states, a pair of fleecy footed jammies in my size. Although they had hearts and teddy bears all over them, making me feel like I was 3, they were incredibly cozy!
  3. November 24th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    Lara says:
    This looks amazing Nic! And that little boy, goodness he is adorable!!
  4. November 26th, 2012 at 10:52 am
    Deb says:
    if you leave out the pumpkin do you still use all of the spices?
    • November 26th, 2012 at 1:20 pm
      Nicolette says:
      Definitely! It gives the hot chocolate a nice depth and warmth that is unique. Just make sure to strain it before serving.
  5. November 26th, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    K&B says:
    I never knew you could crock pot hot chocolate ! Thanks for the fabulous idea !

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  6. November 26th, 2012 at 7:11 pm
    lindsay says:
    Hi! I just wanted to let you know I am including this in a 35 Christmas party appetizers and drinks collection over at Mommy's Sweet Confessions. Thank you!
    • November 27th, 2012 at 7:34 am
      Nicolette says:
      Oh yay! I'll make sure to check it out.
  7. November 27th, 2012 at 10:45 am
    Jennifer Jones says:
    Hi Nicolette,

    I love this idea and am going to do it tonight for a wonderful Wednesday morning! :)

    Also at pajamagram.com you can find Women's, Men's, and family coordinating footie pajamas! They even have hoods on their styles!

    Have a great day!
    • November 27th, 2012 at 12:50 pm
      Nicolette says:
      Oh how fun! We will have to do matching jammies for Christmas this year. Hopefully my hubby is a good sport. Enjoy the hot chocolate; I drank way too much for my own good last time!
  8. December 7th, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    Julie says:
    Wow, this sounded so good, and so we tried a small batch. I did not put in the white choc chips (as we're avoiding partially hydrogenated oils), nor did I add brown sugar. It was good, but after drinking a mug we all decided it was way too sweet (my daughters added milk to theirs). So I guess I'm happy to report that my girls aren't used to things so sweet! The pumpkin & spices were a nice touch tho.
    • December 8th, 2012 at 9:45 am
      Nicolette says:
      Glad you tried it! Yes it is rich, so adding milk to it would tone it down a bit. Great comments!
  9. December 22nd, 2012 at 11:56 am
    Leslie says:
    Could I use semisweet chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate? I almost never have them b/c they're so sweet.
    • December 22nd, 2012 at 8:22 pm
      Shelley says:
      If you like semi-sweet, I'm sure you could give them a try! :) It will just make for a semi-sweet tasting cocoa. :)
    • December 23rd, 2012 at 8:32 am
      Nicolette says:
      Give it a try and let us know how it turns out! I'm making this again Christmas Eve and think I'll try just white chocolate chips for a white hot chocolate. Good luck!
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