Come in from the cold to this fun and festive hot chocolate board! For the adults, spike this rich and decadent hot chocolate with your favorite sweet liqueur and garnish with your favorite toppings. For hands-off prep, make the hot chocolate in your slow cooker. Source:, March 2020

Julia Levy


Hot Chocolate


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine milk, cocoa, syrup, chocolate pieces and vanilla in a 3- to 7-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low until the chocolate is melted, about 2 hours. Stir in liqueur (if using), cream and salt. Keep warm. (Stovetop variation: Whisk milk, cocoa and syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When steaming, whisk in chocolate, 1 piece at a time, until melted, 5 to 8 minutes. Add vanilla. Whisk in liqueur (if using), cream and salt. Keep warm.)

  • Arrange accompaniments of your choice on a serving board, and serve with the hot chocolate.


Equipment: 3- to 7-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; 13.4 g total fat; 8 g saturated fat; 28 mg cholesterol; 124 mg sodium. 170 mg potassium; 21.8 g carbohydrates; 1.1 g fiber; 19 g sugar; 4.9 g protein; 393 IU vitamin a iu; 6 mcg folate; 136 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 13 mg magnesium;