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How To Make Hot Chocolate For A Large Crowd

Hot chocolate bar at a Holiday Party

Hot chocolate is always a popular drink in the winter, but because it is so yummy, many people drink it year-round. And it is easy and fun to make for yourself or large parties. Keep reading to learn how to make hot chocolate for a large crowd.

 

How to Make Hot Chocolate for a Large Crowd

The secret to making hot chocolate for a large crowd is to make it in your slow cooker. Today I’ll share a quick and easy hot chocolate recipe where you combine your ingredients and let the slow cooker do the work.

Another benefit of this recipe is that it makes your kitchen smell amazing when preparing! You’re missing out if you’ve never made homemade hot chocolate in a slow cooker with REAL CHOCOLATE! Using a slow cooker to make a hot drink for a huge crowd is great, and the best part is that you can make a big batch and just leave it alone.

 

Recipe: Hot Chocolate For A Large Crowd

cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and chocolate chips

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. bags of milk chocolate chips
  • 6 cups of milk
  • 1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups of half & half
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • Optional: Hot chocolate bar toppings

*This recipe serves 6. Adjust the ingredients if you want to double or triple the recipe.

Instructions

  1. Combine all five ingredients in your slow cooker. (Use a six-quart or larger slow cooker if you are doubling or tripling the recipe.)
  2. Mix all of the ingredients, cover it, and cook for 2 hours on low.
  3. Stir occasionally.
  4. When it’s done, leave it in the slow cooker and set the temperature to warm. Uncover and serve with a ladle.
hot-chocolate

Hot Chocolate for a Large Crowd

Ingredients
  

  • 1 12 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 6 cups of milk
  • 1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups of half & half
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • Optional: Hot chocolate bar toppings

Instructions
 

  • Combine all five ingredients in your slow cooker. (Use a six-quart or larger slow cooker if you are doubling or tripling the recipe.)
  • Mix all of the ingredients, cover it, and cook for 2 hours on low.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • When it's done, leave it in the slow cooker and set the temperature to warm. Uncover and serve with a ladle.

Notes

This recipe serves 6. Adjust the ingredients if you want to double or triple the recipe.

How To Keep Hot Chocolate Warm

thermoses for hot chocolate

There are a few different ways to keep your hot chocolate warm for your large crowd.

  • Keep it in a big pot on the stovetop on low heat.
  • Use a slow cooker. Set it on the low or warm mode, depending on the type of your model.
  • Keep it in a white or colored thermos carafe. Pouring is simple, and you can match the color to your decor.
  • Use a china coffee pot or an antique hot chocolate pot. Although you’ll have to replenish the pot as needed, the “beautiful” factor is well worth it.
  • Fill a soup tureen with your hot chocolate and spoon it into cups with a ladle.
  • On a buffet table, use a huge chafing dish with a Sterno. Serve with a ladle.

 

Hot Chocolate Toppings Ideas

Cinnamon Sticks for hot chocolate

The toppings and flavors that can be added to the hot chocolate are the best part of this recipe! We love to put together a toppings bar for parties and holidays. Here are a few ideas, but the sky is the limit when it comes to hot chocolate toppings!

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crushed peppermint
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Sprinkles
  • Peppermint sticks
  • White chocolate
  • Whipped cream
  • Candy canes
  • Dark chocolate syrup
  • Cinnamon sticks

 

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Author

  • Laurie Graves

    Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.

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