Yesterday afternoon we ran out of our very last packet of instant cocoa. Practically unheard of in this house since my two year old simply adores cocoa countless times a day. She also has a Strong love for boxed mac and cheese as well. But anyways, I decided I needed to do something to get some more cocoa in the house, something that could heat up while we were building our igloo outside. CROCKPOT HOT CHOCOLATE came to mind. Oh, but to find a recipe.. Tons of recipes online, but I was always missing an important ingredient. No way was I going to the store with this much snow on the ground, so I needed to adapt some recipes, throw ideas together and mash up a brilliantly delicious cocoa. *Drum Roll Please* And that is how the Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate was made.
I’m sure by now you want the recipe, so here it is 🙂
Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate
5 or 6 cups of Milk (you can use anything, I like the richness of whole milk though)
1/2 cup of Hershey Cocoa
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
2 tsp coconut oil
Whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes
Mix the cocoa, the sugar, water, and coconut oil in a small sauce pan until everything is dissolved and at a light boil. Stirring constantly (no burning the cocoa!)
Pour into a crockpot set to low or “keep warm” if your pot has that option.
While stirring constantly, slowly add in the 5 or 6 cups of milk.
Now put the lid on the crockpot and step away. You can drink it now or 4 hours from now, I wouldn’t go much longer than that just because of the dairy factor. Should be enough to fill 4-6 mugs of cocoa.
If you have coconut extract or Torani syrup I’m sure that would taste excellent in this drink. Maybe even a nice caramel drizzle can bring this up to Girl Scout cookie standards. Mmm Samoas.. It is that cookie buying season again 😉
Let me know in the comments if you have any special additions you like to add to your hot chocolate. Or if you try this recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how it tastes.