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Crock Pot Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Here’s that one more treat I promised you yesterday!

Are you in a sugar coma yet? Because I am. I finally took care of that chocolate cake craving the other day by “convincing” my husband we needed to stop for cupcakes after interviewing a pediatrician and going out for Indian food. Okay, obviously the best part about being pregnant is growing a precious little life inside of you but let’s be honest — I’m having a lot of fun eating for two over here.

Well, in case you aren’t sugared out yet, I beg you to try this deliciously creamy and sweet hot chocolate made easily in your crock pot! I had been hearing about people using this method and couldn’t think of a more opportune time to try it myself than in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. How sweet would this be as part of Valentine’s Day breakfast?! Or, really…any time at all. It’s soooooooo creamy with just a hint of spice. I don’t think I’ll ever make hot chocolate any other way!

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Here’s everything you need! Sweetened condensed milk, milk, half n’ half, cinnamon, cayenne, vanilla, chocolate chips…and sea salt {not shown}. I bet you could even make a version using coconut milk if you tried! This recipe is seriously versatile and just so yummy.

So all you do is throw all the ingredients in your crock pot, turn the timer on low for an hour and a half and you’re set! This would also be fun as part of a hot chocolate bar with friends. You could have a big crock pot of this set out, as well as a topping station with fun things like whipped cream, marshmallows, cinnamon for sprinkling, chopped bits of peppermints, crushed graham crackers, mini red hots…the sky is the limit!

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I was a purist and just topped my hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream and cinnamon. Perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

Happy early Valentine’s Day! I love you guys and am so happy to share my life with y’all.

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Crock Pot Mexican Hot Chocolate

serves 4-6

Print this Recipe!


1 cup half n’ half

4 cups milk

1 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out OR 2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of cayenne pepper

pinch of sea salt


In your crock pot, whisk together the half n’ half, milk and sweetened condensed milk. Add chocolate chips.

Turn heat to low and cook for 1 1/2 hours. At this time the chocolate should be melted. Add vanilla and whisk in the cinnamon, cayenne, sea salt.

Serve with whipped cream and cinnamon or marshmallows or both! πŸ™‚


active time ~ 3 minutes

total time ~ 1.5 hours


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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    February 13, 2014 at 4:14 am

    I’ve always wanted to make hot chocolate in the crockpot! This looks so creamy & awesome! pinned

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    February 13, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Yum! I could definitely go for a mug of this right now! πŸ™‚

  • jan
    February 13, 2014 at 4:24 am

    What an awesome idea–that would be so perfect to have ready after a day of sledding or skiing!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 13, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Ooooh these photos are so stunning. I have never made hot chocolate in a crockpot and have no idea why, but it’s sounding mighty appealing right now, given our sub -20 degree temperatures!

  • Laura
    February 13, 2014 at 5:23 am

    a hot chocolate bar is such a good idea!!

  • Chicago Jogger
    February 13, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Ooh, I’m pinning this right away. Looks so delicious:)

  • Nicole
    February 13, 2014 at 5:46 am

    I’ve been looking for a good crock pot hot chocolate recipe. Thank you! Perfect for our snow day.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    February 13, 2014 at 5:57 am

    This looks great!! Can it be made on the stove?

  • Kristin
    February 13, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Your “here’s what you need!” reminds me of your blog way long ago when you would always say “Here’s what you need for success!” This looks so yummy, thanks!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    February 13, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day to you! And moi? Sugared out? Don’t be silly! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel @ EdibleHTX
    February 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

    This looks so good, especially since it’s going to be a chilly Vday. Can’t wait to make a batch and add some Patron XO Cafe or Brandy.

  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health
    February 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I have no words… that looks soooooo good and comforting. I love me a nice hot drink in a mug <3 Especially coffee πŸ˜‰ but anything hot chocolate comes next πŸ™‚

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    February 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Mmm, hot cocoa always reminds me of being a kid during the holidays.

  • dishing up the dirt
    February 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Now this is what I’ve been missing during this awful snowstorm!

  • Alexandria
    February 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I love your mugs! Do they have cork bottoms? Where are they from?

    • jenna
      February 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks! They are from Heath, a local pottery place here. The bottoms are just unpainted pottery – no cork. I love them!

  • Madison
    February 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Looks delicious!!!!!

  • Bryony @ Bryony Cooks
    February 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Hot chocolate in a crockpot?! Definitely trying this out this weekend.

  • Dominique
    February 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Do you think there’s a way to make this without a crockpot and what would the heating temp and time be? I’ve been forever wanting a crockpot but still don’t have one but I want this hot chocolate like, now.

    • jenna
      February 14, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Absolutely! Just mix everything in a pot on the stove and cook on low/medium until the chocolate melts.

  • Traci
    February 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Mmm! I love Mexican hot chocolate. And I’ve never thought of making hot chocolate in a crockpot!

  • Lindsey
    February 14, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Yum! I definitely pinned this! I live in Alaska and I drink hot chocolate year round! πŸ™‚

  • Shelby B.
    February 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    This sounds delicious. Every Halloween we set a pot of water and hot chocolate mix over our fire pit in the driveway and offer candy and hot chocolate mix to the brave kids and adults that venture out on that chilly Minnesota night! Its plain compared to this, but so good!

  • Amanda
    February 15, 2014 at 8:43 am

    This looks so delicious, a hot chocolate party sounds like the best thing right now! Also, love those mugs!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    February 15, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Can I just have this on my counter top all of the time? I am obsessed with hot chocolate!! Love this recipe.

  • Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists
    February 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Looks like a oh so yummy weekend drink!

  • Ja @Ja on the RUN
    February 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I didn’t know you can make hot chocolate in a crock pot! Definitely making this! πŸ™‚

  • Monica
    February 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    If you really want to make it Mexican, try this chocolate next time: http://www.melissaguerra.com/shop/la-popular-chocolate/

    It’s the best! It reminds me of Christmas because that’s when my mom always made it. Even as adults, my sister and I still ask for “Popular Chocolate” when we visit over the holidays!

  • Kelly
    February 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

    That sounds so amazing even if our high is 80 degrees today! ha!

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  • Hilary
    March 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Jenna – you have some of the best/loveliest ingredient shots on the web!

  • Melissa
    October 4, 2014 at 7:37 am

    This sounds perfect for my neighborhood progressive dinner. Do you think if
    I tripled the recipe it would have to cook longer to melt the chocolate?

  • ViviAnne
    April 7, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Looks yummy! I love hot chocolate and I put marshmallows in it. I like cooking my hot chocolate on stove top.