Oh my GOSH. You guysssss.

Slow Cooker Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

So. You know how I have this food blog where I do weird things like take pictures of food in my dining room and then tell you how OMGamazing it is and that you must must must make it right right now? Like every single day?

Well. This is no exception.

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Um, also? Pictured above is a perfect example of how I cannot follow instructions. Apparently “open other end” means “open whatever end you feel like because you never pay attention.” Pretty sure most of my previous teachers would agree that I rarely followed directions. Hate it. Bah.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

Anyway. I am pretty much dying. This is the creamiest, thickest, richest, most luxurious hot chocolate I have ever tasted. Now I know what people mean when they talk about “sipping chocolate.” This is actually like sipping melted chocolate. MELTED freaking chocolate. I mean, seriously. You are practically drinking melted chocolate. Should I maybe say it a fourth time? Hmmmm.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

I’ve been obsessed with the idea of coconut hot chocolate ever since Katie shared some coconut fudgesicles this summer. But, you know, I loooooathe being hot, like to point that you would absolutely hate my guts and think I was the worst human on the face of the earth if you had to spend more than 15 minutes with me outside in the blazing sun in about 85-degree weather… so obviously I could not make this beautiful beverage until there was a chill in the air.

That there I did.

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This is huge because I don’t even LIKE hot drinks. I really am not a fan of any warm liquid sliding down my esophagus and it feels so unsettling in my stomach. Yeah, laugh it up. I’m sorry. It just makes me feel so… so… yuck. I will probably consume a hot beverage or two that contains the words “peppermint” and “mocha” this season, but just a few. And when I say a few, I really mean about half of one or two. For me, I want iced all the way. Total weirdo. 23 degrees and an iced latte, pleaseandthankyou.

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So not only is this drink made with real coconut milk, chopped dark chocolate and cocoa, the mugs are rimmed with crushed toasted coconut. It’s complete with some of your favorite marshmallows and a a big puff of coconut whipped cream plopped right in the center, but I wouldn’t hate it if you added a little Baileys or Kahlua or whatever. Can you even think of anything better?

Oh wait. I can. You made it in your CROCKPOT. Pour, stir, done.


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Thick and Creamy Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate

Yield: serves 8-12, can easily be cut in half, doubled, etc.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2.5 hours


4 (13 oz) cans full-fat coconut milk
2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
8 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
frosting to rim the mugs
whipped cream or
coconut whipped cream for topping
marshmallows for topping


Add coconut milk, condensed milk and extracts to your crock pot, whisking to combine. Stir in salt, cocoa powder and chocolate, whisking again. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. You want to stir and whisk every 15 minutes or so, making sure the chocolate melts nicely and is thoroughly distributed throughout the mixture. The best thing I can say here is to "know" your crockpot. I knew that mine could sit on low for a few hours while being mixed at least once every 30 minutes. After a while it began to thicken and bubble on the sides, so I left it on but removed the lid and whisked well. Just keep your eye on it and whisk everything together.

Before serving, add coconut to a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Toast for 5-6 minutes until golden. Let cool, then add to a paper or ziplock bag and crush with you hands under small flakes remain.

To serve, rim the edges of a mug with some frosting or glaze or something sticky, then dip the rims in the toasted coconut flakes. pressing gently to adhere. Pour hot chocolate in the mugs and garnish with whipped cream and marshmallows.

[Note: if you don't have a crockpot or are wary of using your crockpot, you can definitely make this in a large stock pot. Cook over very low heat while whisking, stirring until totally combined. Continue to stir along the edges where chocolate may stick and burn. Serve!]

[adapted from better homes & gardens]

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Now that’s worth it. Add it to your menu.

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277 Responses to “Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate.”

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    christina @ oven adventures — November 15, 2012 @ 2:41 am

    O to the M to the G. i want this in my giant mug right now!! you totally got me obsessed with coconut everything.


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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — November 15, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    Ohhh if it weren’t for the fact that it’s 11pm and I’m laying in bed, laptop on belly, I’d be prepping this right now. We’re big on coconut milk in this house of mine and I’ve been craving a rich thick hot chocolate like no one’s business. Not to mention, I love using the crock pot for everything under the sun! Most excellent!!


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    Lance — November 15, 2012 @ 5:08 am



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    Ilana — November 15, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    Oh my! This is lots of hot chocolate! What do you do with the leftovers? Do you refrigirate it and then reheat it? My kids are gonna be thrilled!


    • Jessica — November 15th, 2012 @ 8:06 am

      The written recipe is geared towards a larger group since it’s made in the crockpot, so if you just want to make it for your family or a smaller group, I would cut it in 1/2 or maybe even in 1/4s and use a saucepan on the stove!


      • Jamie — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

        I refrigerated my leftovers and discovered that (when left in the fridge overnight) this sets into a very tasty mousse. It’s amazing hot or cold!

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    T.A. Helton — November 15, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    OMGosh!! This looks amazing! I am going to have to make this one next week for Thanksgiving. I have some friends coming over the night before…perfect time. I don’t know why, but I always seem to try your drink concoctions before anything else. They always turn out great ;-)


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    Michele — November 15, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    …ARe you freaking kidding me!?!?!??!!?!?!?! That looks SPECTACULAR!!!! Going to the store now!!!


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    Renee Zarate — November 15, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    This looks A-mazing!!! Any way we can Pin your recipes to Pinterest boards?


    • Jessica — November 15th, 2012 @ 10:26 am

      There is a Pin It button at the bottom of each post!


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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — November 15, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    A little Baileys in this would totally be amazing! I also am one of those weirdos that are still ordering iced coffes even though it is freezing out. Even if I am cold, I will always enjoy crunching on the ice.


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    Rachel @ The Pescetarian and the Pig — November 15, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    Ho. Ly. Cow. Talk about satisfying a sweet tooth! That sounds awesome, and your photos, as always, blow me away (or make me gain 10 lbs… I haven’t decided yet ;) )


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    HeatherChristo — November 15, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    OMG. This is insane. I love coconut. THank you.


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    Julie R — November 15, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Why do you do this to me??????????????????? This looks like the most amazingly sinful thing I’ve ever seen…and I SOOOOOOOOOOOOO want to make it! Too bad I’m trying to shed my extra-large thighs and bumsky after baby #2, so it definitely doesn’t really fit in whit my diet at the moment. But, as a Christmas treat, perhaps? Seriously…I’ve been looking for a recipe for real, melted chocolate, hot chocolate! every since I tried some amazing stuff at a cafe while I was visiting my sister in St.Louis. This may be it! Thank you (but I hate you at the same time….just kidding!)!!!


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    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie — November 15, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    You know the way to a girls heart – I mean coconut AND chocolate?!? I’m dying here – look so good! I think what I like most if that it’s so decadent and rich, now that’s my kind of hot chocolate :)

    PS- Gorgeous pictures Jessica! These are drool worthy!


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    Biscuit — November 15, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    Great. I smeared makeup all over my computer when I tried to shove my face into this mug of heaven. Thanks for posting, this may be the most amazing beverage to ever grace the blogosphere. I’m wondering if I could use coconut milk for the whole recipe? I’m off the dairy for the time being, but still want to be able to enjoy this cocoa at least 4 times before Christmas!


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    Katy — November 15, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Oh my land. Jessica you just went above and beyond your blogger call of duty to give us the most amazing looking hot chocolate ever. This is being served at my Thanksgiving party for suresies. Thank you for being a seriously awesome blogger who makes my mornings 10x better. Your blog is this first one I check each morning. YOU ROCK.


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    Kelly Davie — November 15, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Making this tonight for my community group! I can’t wait. I’ll let you know how it turns out :)


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    Signe — November 16, 2012 @ 6:39 am

    The nice thing about cooking, is that you do not need to follow directions, at least that is what I like!
    PS. I made your portobello carbonara, it was to die for. :)


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    Kelly Davie — November 16, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    Wowza, is this stuff rich! It reminded me of “drinking chocolate”. I could only drink about a 1/3 of my mug, but man it was good.

    Everyone in my community group liked it too – this one guy, Rob, actually chugged his whole serving. “What’s in this stuff?” You have a fan!

    I froze what was left of the batch into ice cream! It’s delicious. I think that especially in an ice cream maker it would turn out great, but even just sticking it in the freezer worked fine – it has such a high fat content that it’s not too icy :)


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    Laura — November 16, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Wow! I will definitely be making this at some point over the holidays. So many of your recipes make me exclaim out loud. They all look amazing! Thanks for all you do.


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    Lisa Frank — November 17, 2012 @ 4:22 am

    It’s official. I’ve now been blog-stalking you long enough that I can spot your food photos on Pinterest a mile away. :) OH.MY.WORD this looks crazy-insane good!


  20. #
    ola — November 17, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    just made me lick my monitor ;)


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    Lauren — November 17, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Wow! I just came from Foodgawker, and your pictures are amazing! I’ve never thought to put hot chocolate in the crock pot, but why not?! Such a decadent treat!


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    halfbakedharvest — November 17, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Wow, this looks so delicious, and the pictures are gorgeous!


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    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — November 17, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Holy shiz…this is just absolutely redonkulous and I would bathe in a vat of it on a daily basis if I could. OHHHHHHHMYYYYYYYYYYGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.


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    Cindy — November 17, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    I am totally 100% with you on the cold beverages year round!! Try an iced vanilla chai blended. You’re welcome=) That being said, I am SOOOOOOOO trying this!


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    Estefani — November 17, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    I really, really, really wanted to thank you for this recipe… It really mixes my love for chocolate, coconut and hot beverages… :D It’s really amazing… I’ve done it 2 times already at my apartment…. I ran out of coconut milk today and my roommate just went out to get some more because she said an I quote : “I won’t be able to go to bed with this cold if you don’t make me a cup of that divine hot chocolate.” So, I’ll be making it tonight for a third time…. I made the recipe to 1/4 of what you posted here, and found out it’s perfect for 2 people… as long as they’re willing to drink a big cup… lol…. So, thank you…


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    Cynthia — November 18, 2012 @ 1:57 am

    This sounds so amazing – minus the coconut :( I can only tolerate fresh coconuts on their own. Thought you were weird huh? Well…hello! I have to say though – your photography alone had me sold! Until I read that it had coconut in it, I was about ready to bounce out all tigger style to my kitchen. I’m so happy I stumbled onto your site! Not to be a geek and plug myself here..but I thought you might like to try the red velvet hot chocolate recipe I made last week which sounds pretty similar to this one. I know, im sorry! I hate plugs…but I really do think you will like it. & no, I am not trying to convert you into HOT beverages, which yes, it’s hilarious & endearing. Haha :P


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    Tiffany — November 19, 2012 @ 2:37 am

    This is actually outrageous I really can’t handle it. It looks SO. GOOD. AHHH.


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    S.T. Stevenson — November 20, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    Here’s something different for you, a photography comment instead of a food comment. You might want to try a lower ISO (say ISO 200) and slower shutter speed – shots like this don’t need to be at 1/400 or 1/500 sec. I hope you don’t mind the comment.


    • S.T. Stevenson — November 20th, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

      And by the way, on the food side of things this does look amazing!


  29. #
    Elly — November 24, 2012 @ 12:35 am

    I made this yesterday for Thanksgiving and it was ahhmazing! Everyone loved it!Thanks for the awesome recipe :)


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    Kristen — November 24, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    Sooooooo – let’s say you were going to spike this for a party, would you suggest spiking it in the crock pot, or adding it to each cup individually?


    • Jessica — November 24th, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

      as long as everyone wants it spiked, I would definitely do it in the crockpot for ease! but maybe have the booze on the side in case someone wants a little extra. ;)


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    Victoria — November 25, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    I just made this! So good! It’s so thick, and it actually IS like sipping melted chocolate!! I will be making this over and over again:)


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    Recipe Program — November 26, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    A hot chocolate model no matter how well conceived can undoubtfully provide a framework of further understanding. Nice post. Thank you for the article Jessica.


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    dena — November 28, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    I first saw this recipe at BHG … but your photos and description are ever so much more drool-worthy! Now i really will have to make a batch for me … I mean my family!


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    Vicki — November 29, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    Fabulous photos on this post! I always admire the photographs you include with the recipes and appreciate the extent you go to on the step-by-step, but these photos are frame-worthy – especially the primary photo..


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    Amy — December 2, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Made this last night and it was awesome! It was basically like drinking melted chocolate…in fact, it was a bit too rich for us. We mixed it with warm milk and then it was perfect. I did refrigerate the leftovers and, as a previous comment mentions, it turned into mousse! Soooo good! I put some in my coffee with a bit of half and half :)


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    Tiffany — December 6, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    I’m making this for my friends but sadly most of them don’t like coconut. If I omit the coconut extract and use whole milk instead of coconut milk, will it turn out alright? Thanks! :)


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    linda kinder — December 10, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    How many cups does this make


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    Jess Wakasugi — December 15, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    What size crockpot did you use?


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    Shannon @ TheDrinkBuzz — December 17, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    OMG… this recipe sounds absolutely delicious . I cannot wait to make it. There is nothing better than chocolate and coconut together :)


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    Jill — December 17, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    Is dutch process cocoa powder unsweetened or sweetened? Not the same as ‘natural’ cocoa powder, correct? Can you recommend some brands that I may be able to find in the grocery store. Thanks!


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    Janelle — December 17, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    This has been a JAMAICAN tradition since the beginning of time….where people actually have Cocoa trees growing out back and someone else will have a coconut tree…Our recipe adds RUM and a few spices..but very similar. So Happy you discovered this.


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    Tiffany — January 4, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    To make this a little lower in fat and calories, I used Silk Coconut milk. It is amazing!


  43. #
    Michelle @Amourbeurre — January 5, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness……


  44. #
    JulieCC — January 15, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Oh my, I’m having a panic attack thinking about all the calories just reading the ingredient list! LOL! I’m sure it’s sinfully delicious!


  45. #
    Kim Hopkins — January 20, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    I have a dairy allergy what do you recommend as a substitution for the sweetened Condensed Milk?


  46. #
    Bonita — February 13, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    Just letting you know that I linked to this post on my page about Gourmet Hot Chocolate Recipes: http://www.zujava.com/gourmet-hot-chocolate-recipe


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    Azeus Food Machinery — February 26, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    Yummy!!! It looks so tasty! Using electric deck oven will make it more delicious! Why not have a try?


  48. #
    jana — May 17, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    I’m going to try a cold version of this. I love coconut. Not more than I love peanut butter, but it’s a close second.


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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — June 14, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

    Good gosh, girl! Saw this over at Pinterest and just had to drop by and tell you how phenomenal your photography is here! I. DIE. Gorgeous! Pic #3 is going on my beautiful food photography board, motion, at Pinterest. (Steamy-awesome counts, right?) Coconut milk is fabulous and so is this post and recipe. Thanks for sharing, Jess! xo


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    jasi — October 24, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    Fantastic! I love coconut entirely too much.

    And so weird! i’m with you on hot drinks. I don’t like hot liquids at all. I drink my coffees and teas room temperature or, more preferably, with ice. But once in a great while, I will make some homemade pudding and slurp some from a wide spoon while it’s hot and not set up. This chocolate recipe might be just the thing. Thank you.



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