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Entertain Easy with 2 Delicious Crock Pot Drinks

Set it and forget it!

by: Jen Farr
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There is nothing quite as awesome as coming home to a crock pot full of warm chili at the end of a long day at the office. The trusty crock pot has become an essential part of our daily lives. However, we have actually been ignoring another function of our slow cookers. Did you know that a crock pot is the perfect place to make hot chocolate and spiced apple cider? It's true. 

For the same reasons we love to make meals in the crock pot, we can make hot beverages too. The low and slow heat is ideal for melting chocolate and steeping cider. The next time you head out for a day on the ski hill, a day at the rink or any old day, throw all the ingredients for crock pot hot chocolate or crock pot mulled apple cider in before you leave and come home and warm up with a mug of deliciousness.

Crazy Good Crock Pot Hot Chocolate



2 litres whole milk (3.25% fat)
1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chips)
whipped cream or marshmallows


YMC flower Pour all ingredients in a crock pot and whisk to combine.

YMC flower Cover and cook on the low setting for a minimum of 2 hours. Hot chocolate can be left on low heat for as long as you need.
crock pot hot chocolate

YMC flower Whisk before serving. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows.

YMC flower Enjoy.


Spiced Slow Cooker Apple Cider



2 litres pure apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 tbsp whole allspice
2 clementine oranges, or 1 medium sized orange
Rum optional


YMC flower Pour apple cider into slow cooker.

YMC flower Wrap cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice in a square of cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine. 

YMC flower Drop spices into apple cider.
apple cider spices and orange slices

YMC flower Slice clementines and add to apple cider.

crock pot spiced apple cider

YMC flower Cover and cook on low setting for a minimum of 4 hours. Mulled apple cider can be left on low heat for as long as you need.

YMC flower If you wish, add a shot of rum to each glass of spiced apple cider before serving.

YMC flower Enjoy.

crock pot spiced apple cider and hot chocolate

What the Kids Can Do: Crock pots are a fabulous tool for kids to use in the kitchen. Have the kids pour all the ingredients into the crock pot. The kids will be amazed at the transformation from chocolate chips and milk to steaming hot chocolate.  

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