I love the set-it-and-forget-it nature of this crockpot hot chocolate recipe, which I adapted from Stephanie O’Dea. Our family enjoys it all winter long, but it is also a special feature on the menu for our kids’ winter birthday parties. When the crowd is big, we usually double the hot chocolate in a big crockpot.
I use soymilk powder in this crockpot hot chocolate because it is easiest to find and all of the kids like the taste. However, if you need soy-free, you can seek out rice milk powder. Brands like Better Than Milk and Growing Naturals are available. Unfortunately, coconut milk powder typically contains a small amount of casein (milk protein), so it isn’t usually dairy-free.
Of course you will want to keep a bowl full of marshmallows (regular or vegan) next to the slow cooker for serving, but for an extra touch of festivity, serve this crockpot hot chocolate with candy canes and/or cinnamon sticks for stirring.