Hot Cocoa for a Crowd Recipe

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This is a simple, delicious and comforting hot cocoa with a hint of cinnamon. It has just the right amount of sweetness.—Deborah Canaday, Manhattan, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:12 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 5 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 11 cups water
  • Miniature marshmallows and peppermint candy sticks, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 164 calories, 1 g fat (0 saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 156 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat-free milk.


  1. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the milk powder, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon; gradually whisk in water until smooth. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through.
  2. Garnish with marshmallows and use peppermint sticks for stirrers if desired. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Hot Cocoa for a Crowd in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2011, p92

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