Friday, January 30, 2015

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

It's that time of winter where the temperature is dropping, but there aren't any fun holidays to help ease the boredom of being stuck inside.  Christmas and New Years are finished, and coming up is the Superbowl and Valentine's Day.  January however is a month devoid of holidays that revolve around food.  February has fun stuff like Fasnaughts for Fat Tuesday and chocolate goodies for Valentine's Day. So to cope with the cold temperatures, being stuck inside, and the bleakness that is known as winter, I went in search of yummy recipes to make to warm up.
Recently I also celebrated my baby shower with family and friends.  I got the chance to pitch in and help out with the decorations and food, which I love to do.  I'm a huge fan of getting to create little items for people to enjoy and it also gave me the chance to try out this recipe.  Hot Chocolate is a staple for winter, but it can be difficult to create for a crowd, unless you have a slow cooker.  The big slow cooker allows you to fill it up and then everyone can enjoy it. I served it with marshmallows, but you can also add an assortment of peppermints, caramels, and raspberry syrup. Make sure you use a large slow cooker for this.  

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

12-15 servings
5 minutes to prep
1.5-2 hours on high heat in slow cooker
or 3-4 hours on low heat

·       14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
·       1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
·       2 Tsp. Vanilla extract
·       1/4 Cup powdered Sugar
·       1/8 Tsp. Salt
·       14 Cups of water
·       Marshmallows to serve afterwards

Set slow cooker to desired temperature (low or high depending on how long you would like it to cook). All ingredients except for water to the slow cooker.

Slowly add water to slow cooker, and stir as you add it.

Cook or 1.5-2 hours on high heat, or 3-4 hours on low heat.

Feel free to add marshmallows to it or any other kind of flavorings.  Some people enjoy peppermints, caramels, or adding raspberry syrup.

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