Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe (2024)

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This hot chocolate is flavored with peppermint candy canes and made in a crockpot. The perfect Christmas movie night drink for the whole family!

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Winter is the season of crock pots, peppermint, and hot chocolate. Why not combine all three? That’s exactly what I did to create this seasonal peppermint hot chocolate recipe and the result was incredibly delicious!

We’ve really been doing it up this year for our Christmas movie nights. We made 12 different kinds of cookies, so we obviously needed some hot chocolate to go along with it. We thought giving it a subtle peppermint flavor would be a fun way to use up the candy canes we had laying around.

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ingredients

  • Milk
  • Half and Half
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Candy Canes

For the dairy in this recipe, you can really use whatever you’d like. I’ve found that my ration of milk to half and half turns out the perfect consistency for me, but you could also use all milk or even some heavy cream.

The cocoa powder this recipe calls for is real cocoa, not hot chocolate mix. It is generally used in baking. I prefer this one.

I used Hershey bars for the milk chocolate since we had some leftover from our s’mores board. You can use milk chocolate chips instead, if you have some on hand.

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How To Make Peppermint Hot Chocolate

I like to make my hot chocolate in the crockpot this time of year, especially if I’m making it for a crowd. All you have to do is add all of the ingredients to your crockpot and set it to “low”. In about two hours you’ll have hot chocolate!

If you’d rather not make it in a crockpot, you can use the stovetop method. Simply add all of the ingredients to a saucepan, then cook on medium heat, stirring regularly, and ingredients have melted and are well incorporated.

Other Seasonal Drink Recipes:

  • Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew
  • Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
  • Christmas Champagne co*cktail

Treats to go with Hot Chocolate:

  • Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies
  • Christmas Rolo Ritz Crackers
  • Christmas Cookie Dough Stuffed Oreos
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Crock Pot Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Homemade hot chocolate flavored with peppermint candy canes & made in a crockpot.

  • Author: Jessica Pinney
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


6 Cups Milk

3 Cups Half & Half

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 1.55oz Hershey’s Chocolate Bars

10 Candy Canes


Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and place on low for at least two hours. Stir to combine before serving.


  • Calories: 293
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  1. KH says

    You put the candy canes in whole? Do they melt?


    • Jessica Pinney says

      Yes, just toss them in whole – they will melt.


  2. Mandi says

    Where did you get those adorable mugs?


    • Jessica Pinney says

      Starbucks sold them as a Christmas special several years ago. I love them so much!


  3. Briana says

    Our family tried this for this first time on Christmas Eve. It was such a hit that we’re still making it in January! We add a little dark chocolate with the milk chocolate.


  4. Karen says

    My family made this and loved it! We subbed dark chocolate and also used non-dairy milk (mix of coconut and almond).


  5. Peggy Williams says

    I’m needing a large amount and want to make white chocolate. So I can use the white chocolate instead but do I need to replace cocoa powder with something. All white chocolate recepies are 4 serving and I need at least 20.


  6. Kim Rowe says

    Can you make it the night before and reheat the next day?


  7. Mary Holcomb says

    Making Christmas morning


  8. Diane says

    We make this every winter. To quote my grandchildren, ” this is the best hot cocoa ever!”.


  9. Jade Harding says

    This looks super good!!! I can’t wait to try it.


  10. Christine Hughes says

    Excellent! Tried for the first ime a couple of weeks ago and am now making it for the kids at Church tomorrow.


  11. Sharon Herendeen says

    can you add alcohol to this and what alcohol would you suggest?


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