Hot Cocoa for a Crowd

cocoa for a crowd pinWe have an annual tradition of a caroling party the Sunday before Christmas.  We have several friends over and then sing Christmas carols to the neighbors and hand out treats.  After the singing and treat giving is over, we head back home for hot cocoa and cookies.  To make it easy on me, I fix the cocoa in the crockpot, so it will be ready the instant we come through the door.  I have developed this hot cocoa for a crowd recipe and it is amazing.  A deep, rich chocolate that isn’t too sweet and will make you want more.  I like it because it is made from ingredients I usually have on hand, so I can whip it up whenever I want.

cocoa for a crowd

To make a festive hot cocoa bar, I wrapped the whipped cream cans in fun wrapping paper.  It was quick and easy to do, and made the whole room feel more festive.

cocoa for a crowd 2We had plates of sweet cookies and treats to compliment the hot chocolate.

cocoa for a crowd 3Just by using serving dishes from around the house, I was able to dress up the hot chocolate bar and make it feel elegant and fun at the same time.

cocoa for a crowd 4A hot chocolate bar is a great way to add fun food and drink to your parties.  The kids loved getting their own cups of hot chocolate and dressing it up with whipped cream, mini-chocolate chips and marshmallows and mini-candy canes.  Fun treats for a fun night.  Please print the recipe below, because this hot cocoa recipe is a keeper!

Check out some cookie recipes to go along with your Hot Cocoa!

Peppermint Buttons (the white cookies in the picture)

Ginger Cookies

Frosted Flake Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies

Snickers Fudge Bites


cocoa for a crowd

Hot Cocoa for a Crowd


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 10 cups skim milk


  1. In a large sauce pan combine sugar, water, cocoa, marshmallows and chocolate chips
  2. Over medium heat, bring to a low boil, stirring constantly
  3. Put mixture in a 6 quart crockpot
  4. Add the milk and stir to combine
  5. heat on high for 2 hours or until hot


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    Bea says

    Hi there! Just to make sure I am following correctly…in your recipe you melt the marshmallows into the mixture, these are not for garnish, correct? Thanks! I am wanting to try this for my 8 year olds class.

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    Jo says

    I have a question! I’m making this for school tomorrow (college is having a potluck for my program) and all I have is the instant hot chocolate powder. Will that work, without adding the sugar?

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    Olivia says

    This sounds so good! I want to bring this to a baby shower that is not at my house. Have you refrigerated and re-heated it the next day?

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