Slow Cooker Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

This creamy candy cane hot chocolate is so easy to make in the slow cooker and a delicious treat on a cold afternoon or evening. This hot chocolate with a hint of peppermint is also perfect for the holidays and makes a great option for a prep ahead drink to serve to your guests or family during holiday parties and more. Be sure to scroll below the recipe card for step by step photos and additional notes on this slow cooker candy cane hot chocolate. You may also enjoy these recipes for homemade chai tea lattes, homemade eggnog and The best homemade mocha frappuccino.

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Slow Cooker Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

marilynpeight
This slow cooker candy cane hot chocolate is not only easy to make, it is a deliciously creamy and rich chocolate delight with a hint of peppermint that makes it the perfect drink to warm up with during the holidays and cold winter months!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 5

Equipment

  • 4 quart crockpot (linked below)
  • Whisk (linked below)
  • Measuring cups with a pour spout (linked below)
  • Mugs (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 9 oz. Hershey's chocolate bar, broken into chunks *see note
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar can be adjusted to taste.
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream *see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract optional

Instructions
 

  • Place the chunked chocolate candy bars, candy canes, sugar, cocoa powder, milk and heavy cream into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours until the chocolate and candy cane bits have melted completely. Stir every 30 minutes or so, to help the cocoa powder to dissolve and to prevent the hot chocolate from burning.
  • Once the hot chocolate is smooth and creamy, peppermint extract can be added to taste if you prefer a stronger peppermint flavor (I personally keep mine plain because the crushed candy canes are strong enough in peppermint flavor for us).
  • Pour into mugs and top with mini marshmallows, additional crushed candy cane and whipped cream (optional). Enjoy!

Notes

Any melting chocolate can be used in this hot chocolate, If you prefer the hot chocolate less sweet, you can use bittersweet or dark chocolate. You can also use good quality chocolate chips if you prefer. 
The amount of heavy cream added to the hot chocolate can be adjusted to your preference. If you wish to omit it, you can add an extra cup of whole milk. For a creamier hot chocolate you can add another 1/2-1 cup of heavy cream and add less milk.
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Slow Cooker, Candy Cane, Hot chocolate, Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Cocoa powder
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Equipment needed for this crockpot candy cane hot chocolate:

  • 4 quart crockpot A four quart crockpot is the size I use for this candy cane hot chocolate and works well to hold the amount of hot chocolate this recipe produces.
  • Whisk A whisk is needed to combine the melting chocolate and candy canes with the remaining ingredients while heating up in the slow cooker.
  • Measuring cups with a pour spout I prefer to use my measuring cups with a pour spout for pouring the milk and cream into the slow cooker. Additional measuring cups will be needed to measure out the cocoa powder, crushed candy canes and sugar.
  • Mugs Pretty mugs makes serving this hot chocolate even more fun! You can dress up the mugs by adding the honey and crushed candy canes around the rim as directed below.

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Ingredients needed for this slow cooker candy cane hot chocolate: Chocolate, crushed candy canes, sugar, cocoa powder, milk and heavy cream. Peppermint extract can also be added for additional peppermint flavor.

Can the amount of sugar added be adjusted?

Yes, you can adjust the amount of sugar added to this candy cane hot chocolate and may wish to do so depending on your taste preference or if you use a bittersweet or dark chocolate. If you aren’t sure how much sugar you should add, start with less in the beginning, then add more as needed once the chocolate is melted and the hot chocolate has heated up. Be sure to allow the sugar to dissolve into the hot chocolate by stirring it well before serving.

Step 1: Place the chunked chocolate candy bars, candy canes, sugar cocoa powder, milk and heavy cream into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours until the chocolate and candy cane bits have melted completely. Stir every 30 minutes or so, to help the cocoa powder to dissolve and to prevent the hot chocolate from burning against the sides of the crockpot.

Step 2: Once the hot chocolate is smooth and creamy, peppermint extract can be added to taste if you prefer a stronger peppermint flavor (I personally keep mine plain because the crushed candy canes are strong enough in peppermint flavor for us). Marshmallows can be added to the hot chocolate in the slow cooker if you wish to allow the marshmallows to melt a bit.

What to do if the hot chocolate is too thick or too thin:

To adjust the texture and creaminess of this candy cane hot chocolate, you can add more or less heavy cream. This hot chocolate also thickens as it cools.

Step 3: Pour into mugs and top with mini marshmallows, additional crushed candy cane and whipped cream (optional). Enjoy!

Festive Candy Cane rims on the mugs:

To press the crushed candy cane onto the rims of the mugs, you can rub a thin strip of honey around the rim of the mugs. Gently press the crushed candy canes onto the sticky honey, then chill the mugs for 20-30 minutes to help the candy canes solidify onto the honey.

Storage options for this candy cane hot chocolate:

If you happen to have leftover hot chocolate, you can store it in glass jars or airtight containers for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. To reheat, place in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over the stovetop. You can also microwave the hot chocolate to reheat it, but be sure to keep an eye on it as milk products tend to go a little crazy in the microwave.

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