Hot Cocoa for a Crowd

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours


12 servings

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
This is a simple, delicious and comforting hot cocoa recipe with a hint of cinnamon. It has just the right amount of sweetness. —Deborah Canaday, Manhattan, Kansas
Hot Cocoa for a Crowd Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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
  • Optional: Miniature marshmallows and peppermint candy sticks


  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 3-4 hours or until heated through.
  2. If desired, top with marshmallows and use peppermint sticks for stirrers.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 164 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.