This velvety Slow Cooker Strawberry Hot Chocolate can not only be made ahead of time, but can also serve a crowd. You’ll be amazed that something that uses just five ingredients and takes just five minutes to prepare can be so delicious!
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Original content posted January 2018. Updated February 2019.
When we moved to Colorado, I quickly learned that I could have our milk delivered each week by a local dairy. Friends, when you typically go through over five gallons of 1% milk, a half gallon of whole milk, a quart of strawberry milk and a pint of whipping cream each week, you see why this concept is downright heavenly.
And why our milk delivery guy likely wonders exactly how many people live in our house. Our weekly milk delivery is also the inspiration behind this Slow Cooker Strawberry Hot Chocolate.
That weekly quart of strawberry milk is for our five year old son. His weekly treat that he refuses to share with his sisters. He thought this Slow Cooker Strawberry Hot Chocolate fell under the same no sharing rules as well. Good try, buddy!
Instead, this was a great treat on one of our winter vacation days. I love starting the slow cooker first thing in the morning so that we’re able to enjoy hot chocolate all day long. The perfect cold weather treat.
The Best Pink Hot Chocolate
I have a bit of a love affair with hot chocolate. This Slow Cooker Strawberry Hot Chocolate joins my recipe box alongside my Slow Cooker Andes Mint Hot Chocolate, Slow Cooker Almond Joy Hot Chocolate and No Added Sugar Chai Dark Hot Chocolate.
Because of it’s light pink hue, I’m thinking it would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day party, a little girl’s birthday party or even a baby or wedding shower. Being able to make it ahead of time and make a bar of toppings to go alongside makes it the perfect party beverage.
I think it would be perfectly paired with these Strawberry Sugar Cookies as well. Oh, the possibilities!
TIP: Depending on the type of strawberry milk you use, your hot chocolate will range in color from a pale to vibrant pink. Our dairy has taken the dye out of the strawberry milk that we drink, so it’s actually white.
Instead, the pink hue in my hot chocolate only comes from the frozen strawberries that are blended into the hot milk and cream mixture. Of course, you’re always more than welcome to use food coloring or additional strawberries to up the pink-ness of your drink.
How to Make Slow Cooker Strawberry Hot Chocolate
 In a six quart slow cooker, whisk together strawberry milk, heavy cream and sugar.
TIP: I like to make this recipe in this slow cooker – it comes in 4, 6 or 8 quart options – or using the slow cooker function of my Instant Pot. If using your Instant Pot, you’ll want to use the tempered glass lid instead of the top that comes with it and is used for pressure cooking.
 Stir in white chocolate chips.
TIP: If you don’t mind what color your hot chocolate is and would like something more like a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hot Chocolate, feel free to substitute milk or dark chocolate chips instead of the white chocolate chips.
 Heat on LOW for 6 hours, whisking hot chocolate every hour to ensure chocolate chips are melting into the hot chocolate instead of burning on the bottom of the slow cooker.
 Add strawberries to blender carafe along with 1 cup of hot chocolate mixture. Blend until smooth and pour mixture back into slow cooker. Whisk to combine.
 Fill mug with hot chocolate and garnish marshmallows, additional white chocolate chips and a strawberry.
TIP: If you’re lucky enough to have any left over, I like to store this delicious drink in mason jars in the fridge. Then when I’m craving a steaming mug, it’s easy to pop in the microwave or pour into a saucepan and warm on the stovetop. It makes for a perfect after school treat for my crew!
If you’ve tried this Slow Cooker Strawberry Hot Chocolate or any other recipe on Melanie Makes, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I love hearing from you and respond to each and every comment!
Slow Cooker Strawberry Hot Chocolate
- 12 cups strawberry milk
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 3 cups frozen strawberries
- marshmallows, additional white chocolate chips and a strawberry to garnish
- In a six quart slow cooker, whisk together strawberry milk, heavy cream and sugar.
- Stir in white chocolate chips.
- Heat on LOW for 6 hours, whisking hot chocolate every hour to ensure chocolate chips are melting into the hot chocolate instead of burning on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add strawberries to blender carafe along with 1 cup of hot chocolate mixture. Blend until smooth and pour mixture back into slow cooker. Whisk to combine.
- Fill mug with hot chocolate and garnish marshmallows, additional white chocolate chips and a strawberry.
Looking for some other strawberry flavored treats to pair with your hot chocolate? Check out these flaky Strawberry Shortcake Scones, these pretty Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars and these sparkly Strawberry Truffle Kiss Cookies.