5 from 7 votes
Thick, rich and decadent European-Style Hot Chocolate is the ultimate wintertime indulgence after a day spent on the slopes or out in the snow! This recipe can be made in the slow cooker or on the stove top and is sure to warm you from the inside out!
European-Style Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
 

Thick, rich and decadent European-Style Hot Chocolate is the ultimate wintertime indulgence after a day spent on the slopes or out in the snow!  This recipe can be made in the slow cooker or on the stove top and is sure to warm you from the inside out!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: European
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 442 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups whole milk (or 2% or 1% if you don't want it quite as rich)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Toppings
  • marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed candy canes, chocolate syrup, salted caramel, sprinkles, orange slices, cinnamon, etc.
Instructions
  1. Combine the water, cocoa powder, sugar and marshmallows in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until marshmallows are dissolved.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine the milk, cream, chopped semisweet chocolate and vanilla. Stir in the cocoa powder mixture. Heat on low for 4-6 hours, stirring well once an hour so that the chocolate that settles on the bottom does not burn.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have a slow cooker or want your hot chocolate to be ready faster, you can cook this in a large dutch oven or pot over medium-low heat, until the chocolate is melted, stirring occasionally to make sure the chocolate doesn't burn.

Nutrition Facts
European-Style Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Potassium 423mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 27g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 19%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 21.7%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.