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Slow Cooker Cranberry White Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings 4

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Easy, 4 ingredient Cranberry White Hot Chocolate made in the slow cooker or crockpot!

mug of cranberry white hot chocolate on a grey plate with fresh cranberries and white chocolate around

So it’s actually been a little while since my last Cranberry White Chocolate recipe. Surprised, aren’t you?

Cranberry and white chocolate is one of my favorite combinations around the holidays. As well as — obviously — mint chocolate, Turtle (chocolate, caramel and pecan) and anything apple.

I have been dreaming of this recipe for a long, long time, mostly because I had never seen anything like it before. Coming up with creative new recipes is my favorite part of having this here blog, and I love to experiment in the kitchen!

Well this White Hot Chocolate was definitely an experiment.

close up of glass mug with cranberry white hot chocolate topped with whipped cream

The first time, I tried using 1% milk, because that’s what I would normally use to make hot chocolate. I mean, logistically, I should have known it would curdle, but there is this part of me that sometimes thinks that everything will just work out in the end anyway.

It turns out, food doesn’t actually work like that. You have to actually do things that make some sense.

And so I dumped it, all of that glorious, high quality white chocolate, and started over. The second time I used a combination of cream and whole milk. I know this sounds totally decadent, and it is. You might be able to reduce the fat content in the cream slightly if that concerns you, but I use lower calorie or reduced sugar cranberry juice to try to balance things out a bit.

close up overhead image of glass of cranberry white hot chocolate with whipped cream and cranberries on top

This is such a fun holiday drink! I love the pretty pink color and the splash of fruitiness from the cranberry. It’s something you don’t really expect in a hot chocolate, but it totally works!

What’s your favorite holiday drink?

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Slow Cooker Cranberry White Hot Chocolate

This Slow Cooker Cranberry White Hot Chocolate is a decadent holiday drink!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Course Drinks
Servings 4
Calories 439cal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole 3% milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 cup high quality chopped white chocolate
  • 1 cup reduced sugar or low calorie cranberry juice
  • Optional: red food coloring

Instructions

  • Combine cream, milk, chocolate and cranberry juice in a 4 quart slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours, whisking every hour (it’s okay if it looks a little weird — give it a whisk and it will come together!).
  • Add a few drops of red food coloring if you wish to bring out the pink color. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

Notes

This is a smaller recipe, with only about 4 cups. It is easily doubled or tripled to make as much as you need!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 439cal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 386mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 291mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 960IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Maria says

    What would you recommend for a substitute for the whole milk?

    My body can’t process much milk, so I often use substitutes. For a good texture and flavor, what would you recommend?

    Soy, coconut, almond, oat….anything that’s not real milk!

    I hope I can enjoy this even if it’s a little altered and not milky. This looks too good to miss!

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