'Tis the season to be jolly! And the season to host all those festive holiday get-togethers. Whether it's an afternoon sledding party, a holiday brunch, girls' night in, a fun cookie or gift exchange, or a casual Christmas get-together with family, this Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate is the just the thing to serve up. Thank you to REAL® Seal for sponsoring this recipe's creation and this post.
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When it comes to a fun holiday get-together, nothing beats a delicious warm-your-heart-and-soul hot drink to enjoy. Especially when that hot drink involves chocolate.
And when that delicious warm-your-heart-and-soul treat combines chocolate with caramel like with this Caramel Hot Chocolate? Well, that's even better!
The ease and convenience of being able to make and serve this hot chocolate in the slow cooker makes it a perfect choice to serve a crowd or to serve at an event that spans over a period of time. Keep that slow cooker going on the WARM or LOW setting, and this hot chocolate is at-the-ready to enjoy for hours. Which makes it wonderful for an open house ... or an afternoon of sledding ... or for so many different types of gatherings with loved ones.
Truly, it couldn't be easier to make, either.
Simply grab your slow cooker and pour in milk chocolate chips and a good dose of caramel ice cream topping ...
Then add a combination of milk and rich-and-creamy half-&-half ...
Now when it comes to choosing that milk and half-and-half, be sure to choose REAL® dairy products. Because the REAL® Seal provides you with assurance that you're buying genuine dairy products, made with milk from cows on U.S. dairy farms.
When you see the REAL® Seal on a dairy product, you can trust it's the REAL thing.
That REAL® milk and half-and-half is packed with great taste and nutrients you can only get from REAL® dairy products, too. Like calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and loads of quality protein. And that's something dairy imitators just can't say.
Let the ingredients cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours until they're creamy and all the chocolate chips are melted ...
Then scoop out individual mugs full, and top each mug with a squirt of REAL® whipped cream ...
Then dive on in to the caramel deliciousness! So good you'll be hard-pressed to stop at just one mug.
So if you're entertaining during this season of jolliness, add this Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate to your get-together menu. With its wonderful flavor and slow cooker ease and convenience, it's just the perfect thing to serve up for your crowd.
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Slow Cooker Caramel Hot ChocolateIngredients
- 4 c. whole milk
- 2 c. REAL® 1/2 & 1/2
- 12 oz. (2 c.) milk chocolate chips*
- 1/3 c. + 1 T. caramel ice cream topping
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- REAL® whipped cream & additional caramel ice cream topping, for garnish
- Place milk, 1/2 & 1/2, milk chocolate chips, caramel ice cream topping, and vanilla in a slow cooker. Cook on LOW setting for 2 - 3 hours until creamy and all chocolate chips are melted, stirring about every 30 minutes.
- Spoon into mugs and top each mug with REAL® whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel.
- Keep warm for several hours with the slow cooker on the WARM or LOW setting. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated later on the stove top or in the microwave.
*We tested with milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a combination of the two. We like milk chocolate chips the best. If you'd like a more dark chocolate taste, use 1 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips + 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips. While you can certainly make this with semi-sweet chocolate chips alone if you'd like, we weren't fond of the flavor.
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