Rich and creamy, this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Hot Chocolate is a decadent fall indulgence the whole family will love. With sweet seasonal spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove you’ll want to warm up with a big cup on crisp days.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Just as the air starts to cool in the evenings and the sunsets turn to candy-colored skies I start to shift my cooking to heartier warm meals. Coming inside to a warm cup of wassail or this classic homemade hot chocolate is the perfect way to end a fall day.
Adding some pumpkin and seasonal spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove make this delicious decadent beverage even better. This slow cooker pumpkin hot chocolate is the ultimate fall indulgence.
Ingredients in Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
These simple ingredients are mostly pantry staples and some like the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice are seasonal staples.
- Chocolate Chips: I prefer to use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but if you want hot chocolate that’s not as sweet you can use bittersweet chocolate chips or chop up a chocolate bar that’s 70% cocoa or higher.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: cocoa powder adds a richness to the hot chocolate and for a more intense flavor you can use dark cocoa powder.
- Sugar: any type of sugar will do for this recipe, but I prefer to use granulated sugar.
- Vanilla Extract: adding vanilla to the mixture balances all the flavors so they don’t taste flat.
- Pumpkin Puree: the pumpkin puree thickens the hot chocolate and brings the pumpkin flavor.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: this spice blend is responsible for the familiar fall taste and is what elevates the pumpkin.
- Whole Milk: Using whole milk for this drink makes for a super creamy hot chocolate, however, you can use part-skim and part-whole or even use some heavy cream for even more creaminess.
How to Make Slow Cooker Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
- Dump it all in: Place all the ingredients listed into your slow cooker and cover with the lid.
- Cook: Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours, or on low for 3 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Serve: To serve use a ladle to scoop the hot chocolate out into cups and top with homemade whipped cream, marshmallows, or chocolate syrup.
Toppings to Add
This pumpkin hot chocolate is delicious on its own, but if you’re looking for the ultimate indulgence then try adding some of the toppings below.
- Caramel Syrup
- Chocolate Syrup
- Line the rim with Sugar Crystals
- Homemade Whipped Cream
Stovetop Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Directions
This pumpkin hot chocolate can be made on the stovetop as well with a few simple changes.
- In a large Dutch oven or stockpot set over medium heat, place all the ingredients and cover with the lid.
- Cook for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Use a ladle to scoop the hot chocolate into mugs and top with your favorite topping.
How to Store Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
This stovetop pumpkin hot chocolate makes a large batch, which is perfect for a crowd. If you find yourself with some leftovers then the best option for storing it is to pour or use a ladle to scoop it into mason jars with lids.
FAQ’s for Making Slow Cooker Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Below are many of the questions regarding making slow cooker pumpkin hot chocolate. If you have a question not listed please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Can I make this pumpkin hot chocolate in the Instant Pot?
Yes! This recipe can easily be made in the Instant Pot by just changing a few steps.
Can this hot chocolate be made dairy-free?
Yes! By changing the milk for a non-dairy option and using dairy-free chocolate chips you can easily make this a dairy-free hot chocolate.
Can this slow cooker pumpkin hot chocolate be served iced?
Of course! To quickly chill the hot chocolate place some ice in a mesh sieve and pour the hot chocolate through the ice into a glass filled with ice.
Consider Trying these Fall Drinks Next:
- Slow Cooker
- 24 ounces Chocolate Chips
- 1/3 cup Pumpkin Puree
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
- 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 gallon Whole Milk
- Place all the ingredients listed into your slow cooker and cover with the lid.
- Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours, or on low for 3 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- To serve use a ladle to scoop the hot chocolate out into cups and top with homemade whipped cream, marshmallows, or chocolate syrup.
- Whipped Cream
- Chocolate or Caramel Syrup