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Instant Pot hot chocolate is an easy recipe to make right in the Instant Pot. Perfect for a family night indoors.

hot chocolate in a glass mug with whipped cream on top

Drinking hot chocolate has been a winter staple for a long time. My family enjoys drinking this in the morning or the evening. It’s great with breakfast or for curling up on the couch in front of the fireplace watching a movie.

Making hot chocolate in the Instant Pot is a fun and easy way to make a large batch. This recipe can be made using your favorite chocolate bar and your favorite milk. If you are trying to cut back on sugar you can add less or use a sugar substitute.

hot chocolate in a glass mug with whipped cream on top

What is hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate is typically made by melting down chocolate and combining it with hot water, milk, or even cream.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Perfect for cozy family night
  • Great for weekend breakfast
  • Made quickly in the Instant Pot
  • Made from scratch and not from a pre-made mix
hot chocolate in a glass mug with whipped cream on top

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

How to make this recipe

1 – Press the slow cook button on the Instant Pot. Set time to 2 hours and 30 minutes.

2 – Chop the chocolate bar and place into the Instant Pot. Once it starts to melt, stir fast and pour in the milk. It will clump up, but don’t worry, as the Instant Pot heats up this will melt and leave specks of chocolate throughout your hot cocoa.

shredded chocolate in the instant pot
milk and chocolate in the Instant Pot

3 – Mix together the cocoa powder with the water until it becomes a liquid paste. The consistency should be similar to chocolate syrup. If the mix is too thick, add a little more water. Add this into the Instant Pot and stir well.

4 – Whisk in the sugar. I suggest starting at 1 cup of sugar and tasting it. Just remember as it warms up the sugar will be sweeter. Add the sugar to your own taste buds.

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5 – Add in the cinnamon and nutmeg and stir well. If you don’t like the flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg, feel free to eliminate this step.

hot chocolate in the instant pot with cocoa powder on top

6 – Place the lid on the pot with the valve open. Stir every 30 minutes or so allowing the chocolate to mix in well. At about 2 hours the hot chocolate will be warm enough to serve.

hot chocolate in the instant pot top view

7 – Serve topped with whipped topping and cinnamon, optional!

How do I store my leftover hot chocolate?

Let the hot chocolate cool to room temperature, then place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Calories per serving (approximately 1 1/2 cups): 197

You can also find my FREE Instant Pot cheat sheets here.

Yield: 16 servings

Instant Pot Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate in a glass mug with whipped cream on top

Instant Pot hot chocolate is an easy recipe to make right in the Instant Pot. Perfect for a family night indoors.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bar of 72% cocoa chocolate
  • 1 gallon skim milk
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Small pinch nutmeg
  • Whipped topping, optional

Instructions

1. Press the slow cook button on the Instant Pot. Set time to 2 hours and 30 minutes.

2. Chop the chocolate bar and place into the Instant Pot. Once it starts to melt, stir fast and pour in the milk. It will clump up, but don't worry, as the Instant Pot heats up this will melt and leave specks of chocolate throughout your hot cocoa.

3. Mix together the cocoa powder with the water until it becomes a liquid paste. The consistency should be similar to chocolate syrup. If the mix is too thick, add a little more water. Add this into the Instant Pot and stir well.

4. Whisk in the sugar. I suggest starting at 1 cup of sugar and tasting it. Just remember as it warms up the sugar will be sweeter.

5. Add in the cinnamon and nutmeg and stir well. If you don't like the flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg, feel free to eliminate this step.

6. Place the lid on the pot with the valve open. Stir every 30 minutes or so allowing the chocolate to mix in well. At about 2 hours the hot chocolate will be warm enough to serve.

7. Serve topped with whipped topping and cinnamon, optional!

Notes

For a creamier hot chocolate, use whole milk instead of skim milk.

The Instant Pot needs to come to pressure before the cooking time starts, similar to an oven that needs to preheat. The cooking time doesn't actually start until pressure builds, which can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes, sometimes longer depending on how full the pot is and how much liquid there is inside. Once it reaches pressure the Instant Pot will beep, and the cook time will begin to count down. Please, make sure to consider that extra time when planning your meal.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 0gSugar: 32gProtein: 10g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Other Instant Pot recipes you’ll love

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Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Low-Carb Cheesecake

Cinnamon Applesauce

Ham And Green Split Pea Soup

Loaded Potato Soup

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment below or tag me on Instagram. And don’t forget to Pin it for later!

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veenaazmanov

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Love your instant description to making this Hot Chocolate in the Instant Pot. Very interesting and perfect to get going this weekend for my family.

simplylowcal

Thursday 28th of January 2021

I hope you enjoy it. :)

Jessica Formicola

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I've never thought to make hot chocolate in the Instant Pot! What a great idea! I need to try this asap!

simplylowcal

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Thanks, Jessica. I hope you enjoy it. :)

Andrea Metlika

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Hot chocolate does not last in my house. This big batch version is perfect for us!

simplylowcal

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Thanks, Andrea. :)

sarah johnson

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I never thought to make hot chocolate in an instant pot. What a great Idea!

simplylowcal

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Thanks, Sarah! :)

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