During a cold spell last month, we had lots of snow and a lot of fun sledding on the hills in our neighborhood. What goes with snow, sledding, and kids? Hot chocolate of course! I love this Slow Cooker White Hot Chocolate because you know what’s in it. Plus, you can’t beat the homemade flavor.
I’ve been making this a little too often. I really could drink the whole crock pot full. Good thing I have kids to curb my cravings!
Slow Cooker White Hot Chocolate
My kids were so happy. You know, jumping up and down happy. They kept going over everything they got to do that day; our friends, SLEDDING, HOT CHOCOLATE! I love it when kids do that.
Emma was mostly excited about the hot chocolate, but wasn’t sure it would be good because it was white. “White?” She kept asking me like I wasn’t sure. Why do kids always do that?
I’m mom and I know what I’m talking about. When I say don’t tip your chair and it falls out from underneath you, when I tell you not to carry so many things at once and you drop them, when I tell you that it is cold and you need a coat yet you insist on not wearing one and then come inside 5 minutes later for a coat; you think that my kids would be confident in my knowledge of the workings of the universe. Lol!
Oh, but I do love their inquisitive curiosity and most questions are just the excitement of the unknown. So I added to their questions by putting peppermint leaves and my Mint Simple Syrup in the slow cooker to steep with the hot chocolate. Peppermint too?
Finally when it was done, their questions were answered with an amazingly creamy, pepperminty experience that they couldn’t get enough of. Once again, mom’s great intellect was confirmed.
- 1 cup white chocolate (6 oz)
- 1 cup water
- ½ tsp peppermint extract or handful fresh peppermint leaves
- ½ tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 2-3 tbsp sugar
- 4 cups of milk
- miniature marshmallows or whipped cream (optional)
- crushed peppermint candies (optional)
- In a 4-5 qt slow cooker on high heat mix chocolate, water, peppermint and salt. Heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the chocolate is thoroughly melted, stirring with a whisk occasionally.
- Add the milk, vanilla, and sugar to taste and heat until hot, but not bubbling; about 30 minutes - 1hr.
- Reduce heat to warm and serve with marshmallows or whipped cream and top with peppermint candy.
For my peppermint white hot chocolate I used Ghirardelli white chocolate chips. You will probably have the same success with some bakers white chocolate bars, but it might take a little bit more time to mix with the water. Also, to make it a little frothy I took my hand mixer and beat it until lots of bubbles started to form on top. Make sure you double the recipe
Hope you enjoy as much as we did!