About two weeks ago, my 11-year old son came home and said, “We’re doing a unit on camping in French class, and I told my teacher the whole class could come here for a bonfire! Is that okay?” Uh… of course it is… So my one day off of the week turned into a day of hosting 25 Grade 5/6 kids, some parents, and building them a giant bonfire! And what’s a bonfire without hot chocolate?! I figured the best way to have enough for everyone was to make hot chocolate in a slow cooker. I did a bit of Pinterest searching, but only found fancy recipes (calling for cream, dark chocolate, condensed milk, etc). All I wanted to do was make very large quantities of hot chocolate from a can of powder mix.
So here is what I came up with.
1 can Hot Chocolate powder (just add water)
A kettle, a slow cooker, measuring cups, and a whisk
1. Fill a kettle with water to boil. Set up your slow cooker where you want it (I used a table outside on our porch) and turn it to low.
2. Figure out your ratios of hot chocolate to water. My can said that for large quantities, you can do 1 cup of powder to 4 cups water, so I think my slow cooker held 2.5 cups of powder and 10 cups of water.
3. Add your measured powder. Slowly add the water, while whisking. Taste a bit to see if you need more powder or water.
Leave on “low” or even “warm” for as long as necessary. I had to quickly add more, since 25 kids drink a lot of hot chocolate. It was fairly easy to do so, remembering the ratio of powder to water.
Enjoy your hot chocolate in a slow cooker and serve with a variety of festive toppings!
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