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Best Hot Chocolate Recipe For a Crowd

Hands-down the BEST hot chocolate recipe for crowds! This most delicious hot chocolate recipe with REAL chocolate will please any party guest. Homemade hot chocolate made with chocolate chips is the most decadent drink you will ever make!

Best hot chocolate recipe made with real chocolate for crowds

If you have never made homemade hot chocolate with REAL CHOCOLATE, in a slow-cooker, you are missing out! This creamy hot chocolate is the most delicious warm drink you will ever have.

I make this recipe several times during the holiday season. As a tradition, we always make this before we drive-around town admiring Christmas lights.

It is also a staple at any of our Christmas gatherings. It is always a huge crowd-pleaser.


Hot Chocolate in a slow cooker

This recipe is so simple your children can help out. Mine always pour all the ingredients in the slow-cooker so they can announce to everyone that they made the best hot chocolate ever.

Another wonderful advantage of this recipe is that making hot chocolate in the crock-pot makes your kitchen smell amazing!

When making hot chocolate for a large crowd, using a slow-cooker is ideal. Not only can you make a large quantity, but you can walk away from it and know it will still be perfect.

Hot Chocolate Made With Real Chocolate

I love hot cocoa, but there is something really special about hot chocolate made out of melted chocolate. It is so decadent, you will want seconds.

This hot chocolate recipe is so simple, only asking for 5 ingredients to be dumped into your slow-cooker.

The rich taste of milk chocolate chips mixed with the creamy base of milk and half & half makes this recipe the BEST HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE EVER (quoting my three kiddos there).

Hot Chocolate Bar

Best hot chocolate bar recipe

If you are making this recipe for a party, I suggest you set up a hot chocolate bar. Hot chocolate bars are really popular and such a fun addition to any holiday gathering. 

Hot chocolate bar supplies are super easy, you just need some mugs and delicious toppings. Toppings can include chocolate chips of all flavors, marshmallows (of course), whip cream, chocolate drizzle, caramel drizzle, coconut, candy canes, and we love to add hazelnut cookie sticks.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Best Hot Chocolate Recipe for Crowd

Best hot chocolate recipe for a crowd


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

*This recipe is enough for families, however, double it for a party or crowd.


  • Dump all 5 ingredients into your slow-cooker. (If making double, use a 6 quart or larger slow-cooker)
  • Mix together, cover, and cook on low for 2 hours.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • When it is done, leave it in the slow-cooker and turn on the warm setting. Uncover and use a ladle to serve.

This is the perfect hot chocolate recipe for a crowd or party. It serves as a punch!

Let your party guests dress up their delicious hot chocolate with any toppings you provide at the hot chocolate bar.

*Warning-this hot chocolate recipe is so unforgettably decadent, your guests will ask for it every year.

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Lisa Garcia

Monday 28th of December 2020

I quadrupled this for a fundraiser and it was the Bomb!! Outstanding recipe!

Myrtle Marie

Tuesday 5th of January 2021



Saturday 28th of December 2019

This is the best hot chocolate recipe I have found! It was a hit at my Christmas party. Thank you so much!


Monday 23rd of December 2019

This looks delicious! Hot chocolate is so tasty this time of year! Thanks for sharing!


Friday 20th of December 2019

I was just wondering what kind of milk you used? Whole? Or would something like 1% be ok?


Monday 9th of December 2019

Could this be done on the stove top as well though? And for how long?

Myrtle Marie

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Hi Shannon,

I did make a small quick batch on the stove top recently and it didn't turn out as good. Granted it was still good hot chocolate but it is so much better in the crockpot. If you do cook it on the stove top then make sure you cook it on low, or the chocolate could burn.