One of my favorite traditions during the holidays is setting up our hot cocoa bar. I’ve kept this tradition going for several years and it’s always a favorite, especially during parties.
When we have guests or during parties, I usually keep a kettle full of hot water and packets of powdered cocoa available. Well, this year our temperatures in Texas went from 70 degrees to 18 degrees in a day. We were hosting Tristyn’s club volleyball team Christmas party, and I figured they would need LOTS of cocoa to keep them warm. I tested out a recipe for crockpot hot cocoa.
OH MY WORD!! It is the creamiest cocoa I’ve ever tasted……and it was super easy.
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
- 6 cups milk (I used whole)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- Stir together all the ingredients in a crock pot.
- Cover and heat on low for 2 hours. You will want to stir (with a whisk) occasionally until the chips are melted.
- After the chips are melted and the cocoa is heated through, turn the crock pot to warm until you are ready to serve.
- Serve and top hot chocolate with your favorite toppings.
It is so much easier having a crockpot of hot chocolate available to serve a crowd instead of making individual servings. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this sooner. It’s also a good idea to have hot teas available for those kids who don’t do dairy (like my daughter…and me!)
Do you have a favorite tradition?