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Hot Cocoa for a Crowd

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 (1 cup each)


  • 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


  • 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 until heated through, 3-4 hours.
  • If desired, top with marshmallows and use peppermint sticks for stirrers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without optional ingredients): 164 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat-free milk.

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  • s_pants
    May 7, 2018

    This did not turn out well for me. I needed it ready by 6:30 in the morning so I started it at 11 p.m the night before. Turned it on low and let it cook for 6 1/2 hours. Could be that I let it cook too long, but it was lumpy and did not all melt. I did whisk in the water the night before until I thought it was all smooth. I tried to strain it, but then it just did not have a good flavor. I made 1 1/2 recipes and divided it between (2) 4 quart slow cookers. I would be willing to give it another try following the recipe exactly as written.