hot chocolate

This week we’re to post a favorite recipe. It is that time of year where hot chocolate is something the kids ask for all the time, their friends from church want hot chocolate brought to them. They go to school with hot chocolate to help keep them warm on the way there. It only makes sense to make it in large batches especially if I know there is going to be a lot of going in and out to play. Slow cooker hot cocoa is the way to go. I found this recipe on Hi It’s Jilly and it is perfect, though I have to cut it down because we don’t need this much but here is the recipe.

Delicious Crockpot Hot Chocolate
serves 18 to 20 (I use about half of this recipe on a busy hot chocolate day, so feel free to divide it up the way you need to)

Ingredients:
12 cups milk
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla
2-3 dashes cinnamon
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
5 oz dark chocolate melting wafers/baking melts

Directions:
1. Toss all liquid ingredients in a large slow cooker and whisk. Stir in chocolate chips and melts.
2. Cover and cook on low 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally (every 20 or 30 minutes).
3. After all the chocolate is melted, turn your slow cooker down to ‘warm’. Before serving, whisk or blend with an immersion blender.

When it comes time to serve you get to have fun with it. I like this recipe because each of my kids likes something different. This gives us the basic hot chocolate and then each kid can have what they want added into theirs to get the taste that they like. This is great for parties.

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About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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8 Responses to hot chocolate

  1. jeff7salter says:

    some of my most vivid childhood memories involve hot chocolate. My mom made it with real milk heated in a saucepan and then mixed with Hershey’s cocoa (in the can)… and I assume a sizeable portion of sugar.

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    • Jeff that is how I make it if we are just going to have one cup. The kids love it made with milk. We are not fans of the instant, just add water kind. Though they do get that when they go to my parents house.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        when Mom made it, it was a family batch… so it served five and we might have had enough left over for an additional sip each.

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      • When I make it on the stove top it is enough for the four of us. They like the stove top version probably better because on occasion I will toss something different into the mix. the have had so many varieties.

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  2. WOW, that is some rich recipe,Angie! That is practically a dessert! I can understand the clamoring for it, for sure.

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    • I am thinking this will be served at the Christmas party this year. Depending if the church does a New Year’s Eve service will decide if I take a batch there. The really cold mornings in the winter when my daughter’s friends want hot cocoa brought to them at church, it is just easier to make a huge batch. Of course them being teens they do not complain about this at all.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    This would be great for the family Christmas gathering! As Tonette says, this sounds more like dessert. Definitely something to try for the next cold weather get-together!

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  4. pjharjo says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I don’t have kids (at home), but I’ll have to make some for ME! 🙂

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