Make this Easy Instant Pot Hot Chocolate recipe in your pressure cooker and keep it warm until ready to serve. Perfect for holidays and family gatherings!
You can make the best hot chocolate in your Instant Pot! This homemade hot cocoa recipe is rich, creamy and takes just a few minutes to make!
I have over a hundred Instant Pot recipes on my blog, but this is the first time I ever made a drink in the pressure cooker. Thing is, I can't believe I waited long!
And because you're probably wondering why anyone would want to make hot chocolate in the Instant Pot -- I know you are -- It's a quick and easy way to make a big batch for a crowd.
I made hot cocoa for my daughter's annual gingerbread house party last year, and it took about 2 hours to heat up in the slow cooker. This year, I can make the hot chocolate in about 10 minutes!
Difference Between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa
Technically, this is a hot cocoa recipe, since it's made with cocoa powder. We tend to say hot chocolate, but that is made with melted chocolate, while hot cocoa is not. Just had to point that out!
How to Make Hot Chocolate in the Instant Pot
To be clear, we're not pressure cooking the hot chocolate -- no need for that! We're just cooking it and keeping it warm.
First, turn your Instant Pot to the SAUTE setting, and add your dry ingredients. Mix them up a little, then pour in the water.
Keep stirring as the mixture heats up. It will be thick, but that will change when you add the milk.
When the mixture starts to bubble, pour in the milk. Keep stirring, and pour in the cream.
You may have some small chocolate lumps, but these will melt and go away as the mixture heats up.
Right before the mixture comes to a boil, hit Cancel. You don't want to boil the chocolate.
Press the Keep Warm button, and your hot chocolate will stay nice and warm until you're ready to serve! Make sure to stir before serving.
Spice it up with Peppermint
I love making peppermint hot cocoa! Just stir in a teaspoon of peppermint extract right after you hit Cancel. Tastes just like a peppermint mocha!
How to Make Hot Cocoa for a Crowd
This recipe is super easy to double or, maybe, triple if your pressure cooker is big enough. Just make the cocoa, and leave it on the Keep Warm setting until your guests are ready.
Make a Hot Chocolate Bar
To make a hot chocolate bar, set out cups, napkins and spoons. Serve with your favorite desserts, and don't forget some fun mix-ins:
- Peppermint sticks or candy canes
- Whipped cream
- Jimmies or sprinkles
- Crushed peppermint chips
- Chocolate chips or chocolate coated candies
Easy Instant Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe
Easy Instant Pot Hot Chocolate
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup water
- 3 ½ cups milk
- ½ cup heavy cream or half and half
- Hit SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and add cocoa, sugar, cinnamon and sea salt, and stir together
- Pour in water, and stir constantly until mixture thickens and starts to bubble
- Stir in the milk and cream, and keep stirring until mixture becomes smooth and creamy
- Heat mixture until warm, but not boiling, and then hit CANCEL to turn off heat. Hit KEEP WARM, and stir again before serving
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
Delicious! Makes a great snow day drink!
Can I use lactose free milk?
I don't see why not. You're basically just heating the ingredients in the IP and keeping it warm, so any kind of milk should work.
Loves this recipe! Will definitely make again. Very easy, delicious, keeps warm and fresh all day!
I made this for a hot cocoa bar for family Christmas. It was a hit! Way better than hot cocoa packets.
Thank you so much! Glad you liked the hot chocolate!
Mary C. Woodie says
No "KEEP WARM" on my Instant Pot brand????? What to do?
Oh, I only have the Instant Pot, so I'm not sure what other brands look like. Is there a user's manual you can reference? I'm thinking there should be some way to keep food at temperature after cooking.
Sibyl Shelton says
I only had 2% milk but it was still delicious. Can't wait to try it with half and half or cream.
So easy. Thanks for sharing.
I'm glad you liked it, Sibyl. Thank you!
This is Yummy! I added starlight mints.
Thanks and God bless you!
So glad you liked it! Thank you so much!
Made a triple batch for my daughter’s holiday party. It was super easy, stayed warm, and the kids loved it!
So glad the hot chocolate was a hit at the party!
Ashley L says
It wasn’t too full? I was thinking of doing the same for a party but I am nervous it will be too full. What size do you have?
Since you're not pressure cooking, you can probably go a little over the max fill line without any problems.
This was an instant crowd pleaser!
So glad everyone enjoyed it! Thanks so much!
I just got my boyfriend an instant pot as an early Christmas present, we will definitely be trying this soon!!!
Hope you like it, Jenny. What a great present!
The kids made this twice this weekend. it was cold and rainy so it was the best time to try this recipe. Yummy if i don't say so mysef!
Thanks, James! My kids love this hot chocolate!
We tried this recipe today minus the cinnamon for a Christmas Party. I have an 8 quart instant pot and I quadrupled the recipe. It was a huge hit. We did it as part of a hot cocoa station. The hot cocoa was all gone well before the party ended. We will definitely be making this again!
I'm so happy you enjoyed the hot chocolate! Thanks, Nondice! 🙂
I never really knew the difference between the two! Either way I love it!
Same here -- We always called it hot chocolate! 🙂
Wendy Polisi says
Now that is how you make a hot chocolate! It looks so creamy and delicious!
Thanks so much, Wendy! Everyone loves this. 🙂
Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says
This Easy Instant Pot Hot Chocolate couldn't look any more perfect!
Awesome idea, I need to make a double batch of this!
Dorothy Reinhold says
We are taking treats to work this week and this will make me very popular!
This is perfect for a work potluck! 🙂
I just got an instant pot and this will be the first thing I make with it!
Awesome! Hope you like the hot chocolate! 🙂