Crockpots and slowcookers are great ways to make roasts, soups, stews, etc. But don't stop there! Crockpots and slowcookers are also great for making hot beverages and keeping them warm during the party, etc. Try the yummy recipes in this article. If you are planning a Halloween party, Harvest Party, Christmas Caroling Party, etc. the crockpot is the way to serve your hot beverages. Sit the cooker beside the coffee pot and have your coffee and hot chocolate, cider, etc. right there together.
HONEY MULLED CIDER
10 cups apple juice or apple cider
1/3 cup honey
dash of salt
dash of ground ginger
dash of ground nutmeg
5-inches stick cinnamon, broken into pieces
1 1/2 tsp whole cloves
In a crockpot or slowcooker combine the apple juice or cider, honey, salt, ginger, and nutmeg. Add the cinnamon sticks and cloves (tied in cheesecloth, if you so desire). Place lid on cooker and heat on low setting for 4 to 5 hours.
Yield: 20 4-oz servings or 10 8-oz servings.
3 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar (or Splenda granulated for diabetics)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups barely warm water
In crockpot combine the dry milk powder, cocoa, and sugar. Stir in the warm water and vanilla, stirring to dissolve. Place lid on crockpot and heat on low setting for 3 to 4 hours.
Variations: Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg for a spiced cocoa.
Add two tablespoons instant coffee granules for a mocha cocoa.
Cut the vanilla in half and add a half teaspoon of peppermint extract for a holiday peppermint cocoa.
Use your imagination to come up with a flavor of your choice!
HOT CHOCOLATE LATTE
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups milk
6 cups brewed coffee
2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker or crock pot, whisk together the sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt until smooth. Whisk in milk until blended. Stir in coffee, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Cover and cook until hot and flavors are blended, 1 to 2 hours on high or 2 to 4 hours on low. Ladle into mugs to serve.
Note: May be kept warm on the keep warm setting during a party or winter evening.
Linda shares her slowcooker and crockpot recipes on her blog at http://grandmasslowcookerrecipes.blogspot.com She also shares her dessert recipes at http://ladybugssweettreats.blogspot.com
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