Boozy Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Katie Jasiewicz | Katie's Cucina

Boozy Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate cooks and stays warm in the slow cooker, so your holiday party is stress free.

Entertain this winter and holiday season with an easy and no-fuss recipe for boozy slow cooker peppermint hot chocolate.

The cold weather has officially arrived. Warm up by making my boozy hot cocoa!

That's right, you read correctly — you can actually make hot cocoa in the slow cooker.

This method of cooking hot cocoa is ideal for entertaining large parties.

The cocoa will stay warm and your guest can ladle cups of piping hot cocoa as they desire.

Boozy Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate Photo

Why Use a Slow Cooker for Hot Chocolate?

I love making homemade hot chocolate, but when I have to make it for a crowd, I don’t like making it on the stove top.

For one, I don’t like to cook while I have guests at my home.

I like to enjoy my guests, not be stuck in the kitchen while they are enjoying themselves.

Boozy Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate Picture

I find that making the hot cocoa in the slow cooker is pretty much a “set it and forget it” type recipe (as are most slow cooker recipes).

A few stirs, and that’s it!

You can actually use your slow cooker for a range of drinks, including spiced apple cider with orange.

Already a slow cooker fanatic? Explore more of our slow cooker recipes, including our most popular slow cooker meal.

If you don't already own one, we recommend the KitchenAid slow cooker. It's really a kitchen essential!

Picking Your Milk for Hot Chocolate

The creamy hot cocoa with a hint of peppermint will keep you warm this winter season.

You could choose a range of milk products to pair with the other ingredients:

  • Whole milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Half and half
  • Sweetened condensed milk

You'll notice some recipes call for heavy cream or half and half in addition to the whole milk.

I like to use whole milk for my hot cocoa. But it just comes down to preference and budget.

Using whole milk is perfectly fine and is less expensive than adding in the additional dairy products.

However, if you want to really impress, opt for sweetened condensed milk to elevate the taste!

It balances the peppermint extract perfectly. That's what you'll see in our recipe below.

Upgrade Your Hot Chocolate with Boozy Peppermint

For an adult version, I added 1-2 ounces of peppermint schnapps to each mug to really warm you up!

There are a variety of peppermint schnapps options on the market.

But if you don't already have some on hand, don't sweat the decision — pretty much any will do.

You could even make your own peppermint vodka! This would be higher proof, however, so moderate your pour.

Finish Your Drinks with a Flourish

Top each mug with a layer of mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and chopped Andes Peppermint Baking Chips.

You can even add a whole candy cane in the mug as garnish! Whatever your heart fancies.

Or whatever you have on hand.

If you’re entertaining this winter, this recipe for boozy slow cooker peppermint hot chocolate is sure to be the hit!

Especially if you're throwing a holiday party. It's remarkably easy, and your guests will love it.

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Boozy Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 1 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 11 ounces Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Peppermint Extract
  • 8 cups Whole Milk
For Serving:
  • 2 cups Peppermint Schnapps, Divided
  • Miniature Marshmallows
  • Whipped Cream
  • Andes Chopped Peppermint Baking Chips


  1. Turn the slow cooker on low. Add in the sweetened condensed milk with the milk chocolate chips, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, salt, and peppermint extract.
  2. Mix until the chocolate chips are melted, then add in the milk. Stir until mostly incorporated and the milk is a light brown color.
  3. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 1.5 hours.
  4. Mix a few times during the cooking process to make sure the chocolate chips are fully melted and incorporated into the dairy mixture.
  5. Once hot, mix well and ladle peppermint hot cocoa into cups. Add 1-2 ounces peppermint schnapps to each adult mug.
  6. Garnish with a layer of mini marshmallows, whipped cream and chopped Andes chopped peppermint baking chips on top.


Cooking Method:
Slow Cooker
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Author: Katie Jasiewicz
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 90 minutes
Total Time: 100 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 128
Calories 533

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
  Saturated Fat 10g
Sodium 149mg
Total Carbohydrate 67g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 65g
Protein 10g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Katie Jasiewicz

About Katie

Katie is our resident one-pot meal fanatic, but you'll find that she's passionate about every kind of food, from dinners to desserts, on her blog Katie's Cucina.

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