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.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

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.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

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.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

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.


Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com


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]

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

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

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277 Responses to “Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate.”

  1. #
    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 14, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I’m the same way – I don’t get people and their scolding hot coffee. I drink iced coffee year round except maybe a handful of times each year and even then the hot coffee still makes me grumpy and I end up waiting until its room temperature! Anyway, this hot chocolate looks sinfully delicious like if I start drinking it I might never stop- hah!


  2. #
    Kim in MD — November 14, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    Ha! I laughed out loud when I saw the Open Other End and your comments about it! The hot chocolate looks amazing!

    Jessica- would you be willing to share what kind of camera you are using these days? Your photos have always been stunning, but lately they are blowing me away! Seriously, with the smoke wafting around the food- stunning!


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 8:41 am

      aw thanks so much Kim! I still use my original DSLR that I’ve had for 2.5 years, it’s a nikond5000 and the lens is the 35mm f/1.8. I’ve used it since summer of 2010! I think I’ve got the steamy shots lately because I’ve been trying to shoot those with backlight.


      • Kim in MD — November 15th, 2012 @ 8:05 am

        Thanks for the info, Jessica. I am always in awe of your photos! When you say backlight are you using natural light or a photo lamp?

        • Jessica — November 15th, 2012 @ 8:10 am

          Yep, natural light – no lights here!

      • Kim in MD — November 15th, 2012 @ 8:44 am

        Thanks so much, Jessica!

  3. #
    Liz — November 14, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    My jaw LITERALLY dropped when I saw this. Wow. Nothing you do on this blog is weird, trust me.


  4. #
    Kelly at Flavours of Africa — November 14, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Looks delicious! Just what you need for winter :)


  5. #
    Heather @ girlyeverafter — November 14, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    I LOVE the coconut rim! I’m having a girls night this weekend and this is super cute and fancy. I’ll be making this for dessert;)


  6. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 14, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    O-M-G!!!!!!!!!!!!1 What I wouldn’t do to have some coconut hot chocolate right about now!! This looks friggen amazing! I love coconut milk and it is so dam good mixed with chocolate. I’m drooling here!


  7. #
    Amelia — November 14, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Holy S#!$ . That is all. :)


  8. #
    Simply Life — November 14, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    WOWOW! I can’t think of a better holiday drink to go into this season with- perfect with guests!


  9. #
    Madeleine @ Teenie Baker — November 14, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    ohmygoodness…this looks so delicious! I love coconut!
    & haha, I’ve totally done the “open at other end” thing too.


  10. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — November 14, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Are you spying in my kitchen??? I just made PinaColada Hot Chocolate yesterday…very similar to this (with honey and coconut on the rim)!!! Anywho I love love love that you used a crockpot. HOw fun and easy. And of course, your pictures are simply gorgeous!


  11. #
    Wei-Wei — November 14, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    What if I added Bailey’s and MALIBU to this?!?!?!?!?! I just died a million deaths, guys.


  12. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — November 14, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    How enticing, delicious ,totally sinfully ,hide in my studio and eat before the kids see me! Luckily this serves 8-12 ,so I can invite the neighborhood kids too.
    I have a cold can of full fat coconut milk in my fridge too. Thanks for making my day,it has been quite a month.


  13. #
    Amanda — November 14, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I had high hopes this would be milk-less (newly discovered milk allergy right here – total bummer) but alas, its not. Still haven’t figured out a suitable replacement for condensed milk as of yet. Stupid allergies.


    • Amy W — November 14th, 2012 @ 10:12 am

      You could always just add more coconut milk or another dairy free milk and add a bit of cornstarch to thicken. You just have to make sure you give it enough “bubbling” time so the cornstarch cooks out completely.


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

      I def think you can use additional coconut milk (full fat so it’s creamy and thick) and just add another sweetened – maybe a sugar, stirring until warm and dissolved or something liquidy like agave, etc??


  14. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 14, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Can I just live inside your mouth? Cool.


  15. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 14, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    OMG… you never fail to blow my mind! I’m like you in that I’ll happily drink an iced somethingorother in the midst of winter, but usually like to have something hot in my other hand and alternate between the two (yep, double fister!) I’ll take this one on the hot side!


  16. #
    Jorie — November 14, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Jeeeeeeez. NOT the first thing to see in the morning. Or. Is. It. ? Nowww I’m gonna be distracted at the office all day thinking of these visions of chocolate coconut heaven. Thanks for that. I will absolutely be giving this one a try. Yum!


  17. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — November 14, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Holy moly, this looks flppin’ amazing. i love hot cocoa + i looooove coconut, plus i’m obsessed with my slow-cooker, so this is pretty much my dream drink.


  18. #
    Kate @ kitchen trial & error — November 14, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    omg, i am allllll over this! i craved coconut like a mad woman when i was pregnant. now that my son is 5 months old, coconut still has a soft spot for me. and coconut + hot chocolate is genius!


  19. #
    the 3volution of j3nn — November 14, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    My jaw is on the floor! That looks like the richest hot chocolate I have ever seen. Wow! Sounds like pure bliss.


  20. #
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh — November 14, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    I will be slamming my face into…errr…drinking this very soon!


  21. #
    Joy — November 14, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I love hot chocolate! yummm! And I agree with Kim – loving the pictures lately. :)


  22. #
    Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} — November 14, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    WHOA! I can’t even WAIT to try this out. It looks and sounds absolutely amazing, this would be a perfect drink to serve at a holiday party. And luckily, I have a work party coming up! Woop, woop! Pinned :)


  23. #
    Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 14, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I hate being hot too! Also, agree on the hot drinks front, whyyyy would I be hot and then put something hot into my body?! p.s. I’m loving the coconut rim!


  24. #
    deva at deva by definition — November 14, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Oh my goodness does this sound amazing. I may have to make this if/when we host a winter party this year. I don’t like being hot, but I also don’t like being cold. It takes a girl who hates being hot almost a week to figure out that MAYBE sleeping in a tee shirt in a 60 degree room is why she’s not sleeping. Long sleeves = sleeping like a baby.


  25. #
    Estefani — November 14, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    OMG!!! This looks amazing…. I think I’m going to try this tonight….


  26. #
    Amy W — November 14, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    The looks of it reminds me of spanish hot chocolate. While I was in Spain I completely fell in love with this type of hot chocolate. Now I haaaave to make this and see if it’s the same consistency. ;)


  27. #
    Elinor — November 14, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    WHOA. i want this right now!


  28. #
    Cori — November 14, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmy GOD. So, if I dip “healthy” pumpkin “donuts” that are baked rather than fried and dipped in “lowfat” coconut flakes, think this would be considered a good breakfast?

    I have a broken foot and am stuck at home for a few weeks, so I get a little crazy in the kitchen. Sad that I can’t really offset it with my running…since that’s what broke my foot…haaa.


  29. #
    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — November 14, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Wow. This is incredible. I don’t know how you function with all of this amazing food around you at all hours of the day, every day!


  30. #
    Cookbook Queen — November 14, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    I cannot even stand this. CAN’T STAND IT.

    It’s like Willy Wonka lives in your house!!! I want this so bad.


  31. #
    Dani @ andcute — November 14, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    OMG is right! This is heavenly, and will be tried this weekend. Temperatures are getting around the freezing pint, so it’s perfect. Just perfect. PS. I love you ;)


  32. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 14, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Amazing. HELLO!


  33. #
    Casey (A Healthy Spin) — November 14, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    That may very well be the most amazing thing I’ve seen involving coconut. Haha! Yum :)


  34. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 14, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Oh my god–this looks amazing and so chocolate-y. I love how you used coconut milk, that makes it sound even better!! I don’t tend to be a hot drink person either (except coffee/tea), but you may have converted me.

    I love the top picture where everything is spilling out everywhere! :)


  35. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 14, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    This looks so delicious Jessica! I hardly ever follow directions on cooking. It’s usually the packages that I rip into and then notice that they have a resealable bag. Oops!!! Love this drink.


  36. #
    Katie @ Oh Shine On — November 14, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Seriously. I didn’t think you could do better after your bourbon baked apples but it appears that I am seriously mistaken. Can I marry you?


  37. #
    Katriel — November 14, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    It’s like you read my mind. I was looking all around yesterday for sweet things I could make in my crockpot (mostly to prove to my husband that yes yes yes yes yes I will use it so pleeeeeeeeease don’t just give it to my brother!!) and this morning I wake up to this. And I do have a mild hot chocolate obsession (meaning I’m constantly thinking about the next hot chocolatey beverage i can get in my throat) so this is perfect.
    Another hot beverage favorite is a Pumpkin Spice Steamer (which is like fun flavored coffee for people who are giving up caffeine…so it’s basically just flavored warm fatty milk) that they have at a store called “Kneaders” near where I live. It’s definitely one I’d recommend, though if you’re not a hot beverage lover, I don’t know how well it would sit with you.


  38. #
    Christine — November 14, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    I was seriously just getting made fun of this morning for going on about how cold I was as I walked into the coffee shop then ordering an iced vanilla latte. Hot drinks are gross. Except for maybe this one.


  39. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — November 14, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    these look incredible!!! I love how you share my coconut obsession lol

    my bookclub would go nuts over these, I will def have to make these for our next session! paired with my raspberry swirl angel cake? that could be a perfect match!!


  40. #
    Jess — November 14, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    This is the most amazing thing I have seen in the last month. I’m definitely trying this!!


  41. #
    collette — November 14, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Oh.My.Word. That looks amazing! Even if it is still 80+ degrees here!! Your food pics are gorgeous- love the way you style everything, such creativity in both your recipes and your photos!


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 11:02 pm



  42. #
    lacy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    make me this. now. please.


  43. #
    Kacy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    I don’t even know what to do with the images I’ve just seen. I need this.


  44. #
    rachel — November 14, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    wait, whaaaaaaaaaaatttt????? oh my god. seriously, shutup! this looks like i think i just died and am definitely in heaven. holy lord. let me say it again….WHAAAAAAT?? death by yum.


  45. #
    Sara — November 14, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I cannot wait to make this. Ohmygoodness! I do have a weird question, is the hot chocolate itself really coconut-y? I have a few family members who really don’t like coconut but this looks like it’ll convert them. :)


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

      Because of the extract you can definitely taste it, but if they aren’t huge fans I would just leave the extract out! The coconut milk doesn’t make it very coconutty, if at all.


  46. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — November 14, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    I don’t like hot drinks either, but last year, for a Hot Chocolate Bar, I made the most amazing crockpot hot chocolate. Basically, it was sweetened condensed milk, regular milk, and chocolate. TO DIE FOR.


  47. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — November 14, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    yes, yes and yes. i love hot drinks and love coconut and chocolate.


  48. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — November 14, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    Coconut and chocolate are what I live for. Seriously. I love going to starbucks and asking for coconut in my mochas. Please and thank you. Thank you for this recipe! It looks amazing!


  49. #
    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — November 14, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    Oh my gawd. Stop it right now!


  50. #
    Ashley — November 14, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    Wow this looks amazing!!! But I have to ask, is there any way to make this without a crockpot? If there isn’t another way, I may just have to go out and buy one. This recipe looks too good to pass up


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

      Yes! You can make it in a saucepan or stock pot – directions are at the bottom of the recipe!


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