Holiday entertaining season is in full swing, which means we’ll have several opportunities to gather and celebrate. Aside from spending time with my friends and family, I relish the chances to get fierce and festive for holiday parties. And doesn’t everybody enjoy the food and drinks? Being the hostess with the mostest can get stressful, though, so any hack that saves me time in the kitchen and gets me out into the party is golden in my book. Today, I’m going to teach you how to make creamy, dreamy hot chocolate with just the right touch of refreshing peppermint flavor for a crowd…in your slow cooker. Does it get any easier than that? Whether you’re hosting or going to a potluck type of party, this slow cooker peppermint hot cocoa will be a hit with everyone who sips and will be so easy for you to make!

slow cooker peppermint hot cocoa with merry marshmallows

Hot chocolate is such a comforting, festive treat during the holiday season but not something most of us think to prepare for large groups, especially when travel is involved. I first created this slow cooker hot chocolate recipe for an office potluck and the process was easier than you might imagine. Just tote your ingredients (there are only six) along with your slow cooker. After only five minutes of prep, let the slow cooker peppermint hot cocoa do it’s thing and you’ll soon have hot holiday drinks for a crowd with minimal effort and very easy cleanup. This slow cooker cocoa recipe is even easier to make than my popular red wine hot cocoa and, undoubtedly, more office appropriate. 🙂

mug of peppermint hot cocoa next to crock pot

Notes on Making Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Cocoa

  • You can use the dairy or plant-based milk and cream of your choice in this hot chocolate recipe. I have used dairy, almond, and coconut milks, all with great results.
  • For obvious reasons, room temperature milk works fastest in this recipe.
  • You can substitute the peppermint extract with vanilla extract for traditional hot chocolate flavor.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Toppings and Mix-Ins

  • Candy canes
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Crushed peppermint
  • Festive sprinkles
  • Liquor  (So long as everyone is of legal drinking age, of course)
  • Marshmallows
  • Whipped cream

Aren’t the merry marshmallows cute?! I picked them up at Nordstrom Rack. Here are a few more options you will love:

More Popular Potluck Recipes

What’s your hot holiday drink of choice? Got any questions on how to make hot chocolate? Let me know below. As always, thanks for reading!


5 from 9 votes
Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot chocolate for a crowd, hot holiday drinks recipe, how to make hot chocolate, peppermint hot chocolate, slow cooker hot chocolate, slow cooker hot chocolate recipe, slow cooker hot cocoa
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
  • 1/2 gallon milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  1. Add cocoa powder, sugar, sea salt, and heavy cream to crock of slow cooker. Mix vigorously until dry ingredients are dissolved and mixture is uniform.

  2. Add milk and peppermint extract and stir until uniform.

  3. Cover and allow to cook for about two hours on high or four hours on low.

  4. Stir before serving and enjoy carefully.