A friend of mine recently needed to make large-batch hot chocolate for a work party. Though it can feel like quite an undertaking, making hot chocolate for a crowd is a fairly simple process. Forget the soda and water bottles, our next party is going to be fully stocked with hot cocoa.
What makes large batch hot chocolate easy is the use of a slow cooker. Using a slow cooker allows you to make enough hot cocoa for everyone, and gives you easy transportation and reheating options for when you get to the party.
Today I wanted to discuss six recipes for making large-batch hot cocoa, some products that will help you on your way, and some tips for making the most of your presentation.
Hot Chocolate Recipes For A Crowd
Hot Chocolate: Large Batch – Food.Com – What I love about this recipe is that it makes the hot cocoa mix from scratch instead of using pre-mixed powder. This recipe is a great starting point for any tweaks or experimentation you want to try with your hot chocolate.
Hot Cocoa (Large Batch) – cdkitchen – While many of the large batch hot cocoa recipes on this list are made for a slow cooker, this recipe from CDKitchen is a larger version of the classic stovetop recipe.
Recipe: Big-Batch Mexican-Spiced Hot Chocolate – The Kitchn – Not only does this recipe kick up the spice with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, but it also uses real pieces of melted chocolate alongside the cocoa powder. This creates a very deep and rich flavor that has a bit of a kick.
Hot Cocoa For A Crowd Recipe – Hershey – A true classic never goes out of style. Here is a large-batch hot chocolate recipe from the OGs of chocolate, Hershy.
Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate – Wishes n Dishes – When Washes n Dishes said this recipe was creamy, they weren’t lying. This recipe includes chocolate chips and exchanges part of the milk for heavy whipping cream. The outcome is a very rich and creamy hot chocolate to serve up at a party or event.
Crock Pot Hot Chocolate: Creamy, Delicious Large Batch Hot Cocoa Recipe – Quirky Inspired – In this recipe, Quirky Inspired serves up classic large batch hot chocolate for the slow cooker. One thing I love about this recipe is the use of sweetened condensed milk. My gut feeling tells me that this recipe could easily be adapted for the Instant Pot.
Products To Help You Make Hot Cocoa For A Crowd
Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker – If you never had a reason to get a slow cooker, here is your chance! Owning a Crock-Pot makes large-batch hot cocoa much easier to make.
Whittard of Chelsea Luxury Hot Chocolate: Milk Chocolate Mix – Swiss Miss is for posers. Show the party-goers that you care by getting some high-quality hot cocoa mix. You can also make your own hot cocoa mix from scratch.
Party Bargains Rippled Hot Cups with Lids – Don’t forget heat-safe cups and lids! There’s nothing worse than bringing a dish to a party and not have a way to serve it.
Tips For Making Hot Chocolate For A Crowd
- Be mindful of people’s dietary preferences.There are plenty of vegan-friendly hot cocoa mixes out there. If you know there are going to be vegans at your event, you can also substitute milk products with water and nut milks.
- If you need to to transport the hot cocoa, make sure that your Crock Pot has a locking top. This will keep you from making a mess in the car.
- Grab some disposable cups, preferrably with lids. Make sure that the cups can withdtand the heat of the hot cocoa.
- Don’t forget to bring a ladel, or some other way to serve the hot cocoa.
What Are Your Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipes For A Crowd?
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