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Homemade Hot Chocolate Bar with Toppings
This quick and easy homemade hot chocolate is topped with a variety of toppings. Always a hit at parties!
Tis the season for sipping homemade hot chocolate on the daily. There’s nothing better than whipping up a batch of homemade hot chocolate made with the freshest of ingredients. It is beyond easy, takes only a few minutes, and tastes so much more gourmet than pouring a packet of hot chocolate mix in hot water. This is the real deal!
Since December is such a busy month, we are all looking for ways to simplify our lives and slow down, while still enjoying the holidays and special traditions with our families. Every year, we do a hot chocolate, PJ’s, and movie night. It is one of my kids’ favorite traditions and they look forward to it every year.
To make it extra simple, I throw all of the ingredients into my crockpot to make Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate. It is perfect because it keeps the hot chocolate warm and it takes almost no work. It is perfect when you are throwing a party since the guests can scoop up warm hot chocolate at any time. This helps to make a stress-free holiday!
What ingredients are in Homemade Hot Chocolate?
It only takes 5 ingredients — Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Whole Milk, Heavy Cream, Sugar, and Vanilla.
Hot Chocolate Bar Topping Ideas:
Fresh Whipped Cream
Chocolate Shavings (grated or chopped from a chocolate bar)
Mint Chocolate Chips
I find all of the ingredients to throw together an easy Hot Chocolate Bar at my Fry’s store. I love their Simple Truth Organic products use their whole milk in this recipe. It is perfectly rich and creamy. Also, Fry’s has a huge holiday section in their store so it easy to find everything you need for a hot chocolate party.
This homemade hot chocolate recipe can be made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. It will take longer to warm up in the slow cooker but it is perfect to keep on the warm setting during a party. I will include directions for both methods.
You can also change the amount of sugar depending on the desired sweetness. I find if I am making this for kids, they like a sweeter, more milk chocolate tasting hot chocolate while adults sometimes prefer a richer darker chocolate hot chocolate. It is also fun to add some marshmallows to the hot chocolate at the very end and let them melt until they are ooey gooey.
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Homemade Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 3 cups Whole Milk (Simple Truth Organic)
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 6 cups Whole Milk (Simple Truth Organic)
- 2 cups Heavy Cream
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla
- Fresh Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Shavings (grated or chopped from a chocolate bar)
- Candy Canes
- Peppermint Bark
- Mint Chocolate Chips
- Andes Mints
In Slow Cooker:
- Add chocolate, whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla into slow cooker. Set to low or high setting, depending on how quickly you want it to heat up. Stir together. Let heat for 1-2 hours, stirring hour, until chocolate is melted and sugar is dissolved.
In a large pot:
- Heat whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla over medium heat. Stir often until it becomes warm. Add chocolate chips and stir together. Heat for 20 minutes or until the chocolate is melted and the sugar is dissolved.
- Top with your favorite toppings and serve right away.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
I hope you love this homemade hot chocolate recipe! This post is sponsored by Kroger but all of the opinions stated above are my own.