This is a great idea for serving at a party or casual gathering. It would be so much fun for the kid's sleepover or for a sledding party. It's nice because you can make a large amount of hot chocolate and it stays good and warm in the slow cooker. Also, if serving adults or teens, they can serve themselves. You could set up a little beverage station with hot chocolate and various toppings and let everyone do their own thing with it! This is a really rich hot chocolate. You will never want the stuff in the envelope again! I think this would be perfect on Christmas Eve!
Here is what you will need:
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (could use milk chocolate chips, but it makes it sweeter)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (like Eagle Brand)
7 cups whole milk
2 tsp. vanilla
In a 4 -5 quart slow cooker, combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk and vanilla. Stir well. Set the slow cooker on low, cover and cook on low for 2 hours. Check and stir this 2 or 3 times, making sure the chocolate isn't sticking.
At the end of 2 hours, use a wire whisk and whisk it all in the slow cooker. If it doesn't look real great, don't worry, it will at the end. The chocolate takes time to break down and all get incorporated. Set the slow cooker to high, cover and cook for about another hour. All slow cookers vary, so check it at 30 minutes, because in a really hot cooking slow cooker that might be enough. At the end of the time, whisk really well again. Now it should be smooth and nice.
Turn the slow cooker to low and ladle into mugs. Top with mini marshmallows or go all out and...
Go all out and add a big dollop of whipped cream!!! This is the most decadent cup of hot chocolate ever! You can also provide other toppings for your guests to experiment with...mini chocolate chips, crushed peppermint, toffee bits. If it's an adult crowd, peppermint Schnapps! Just let everyone have fun with it!