Hot Cocoa for a Crowd

Makes 8-10 servings

This deliciously decadent hot cocoa recipe makes 8-10 servings, making it perfect for a cold-weather get-together.


  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup honey
  • 8 cups milk of choice, divided
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish, optional


Stir together cocoa powder with honey and ½ cup milk in a large slow cooker.

Add remaining milk, sea salt, chocolate chips, vanilla extract and espresso powder, if using.

Set slow cooker to high for 30 minutes, then stir with a whisk, and reduce to low heat for 1 hour.

Reduce heat to warm and keep covered till serving.

Before serving, whisk again to blend.

If desired, garnish individual mugs with a cinnamon stick.


For dairy-free version, use 8 cups almond milk or other non-dairy milk, plus 1 12-ounce can full-fat coconut milk, and choose your favorite brand of non-dairy chocolate chips.

Try replacing 1 teaspoon vanilla with 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.

Try adding 1 cinnamon stick during warming time (remove before serving).


Recipe by Angela Sackett, a photographer at Legacy Seven Studios and writer at and, where she shares recipes and hospitality tips. 

Photo: Julia Metkalova / Shutterstock