Making hot chocolate in the Instant Pot is easy and fun. Get several mugs of thick, creamy, and luxuriously smooth hot chocolate with this simple recipe.
The weather outside is frightful and a fire does sound delightful but since we live in an apartment we'll settle for electric heaters and an Instant Pot full of warm creamy cocoa.
This Instant Pot hot cocoa recipe is super simple and easy to make and I absolutely love it. It's not too sweet, not too thin, and feels like warm velvet on the tongue. Everything about it screams perfect winter drink.
I'm sure you've no doubt had cocoa from a packet before (the one where you just add warm water or milk) and let me inform you this tastes nothing like that.
This tastes like one of those hot chocolates specially brewed at places that know what they're doing and costing you a small fortune to make it. Thankfully you can make your own batch at home for a fraction of the cost and at any time of day, no shoes are required.
- Whole milk
- Condensed sweetened milk
- Heavy cream
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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- 6qt Instant Pot
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
Check out how to make Instant Pot hot chocolate with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Whisk the milk, condensed milk, cocoa, salt, and heavy cream together in the Instant Pot.
Close the lid and seal the vent.
Set it to High Pressure for 0 minutes and wait for the beeping to say it's finished.
Allow Natural Pressure Release for 10 minutes before manually releasing the rest of the pressure.
Stir in the vanilla extract.
Run the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer for a smooth texture.
Serve warm with favorite cocoa toppings.
🍴 Recipe Tips
The hardest part about making this creamy hot chocolate recipe is being patient. Letting the Instant Pot naturally pressure release will save you a lot of mess. Ask how I know, haha.
I didn't wait the full recommended time and thought if I released pressure slowly it would be okay. Nope. My walls, my floors, my Instant Pot, self, and cupboards were all sprayed with delicious hot chocolate. Lesson learned the hard way.
When the drink has finished cooking, the milk mixture will have a slight textured curdle to it. It's perfectly fine to drink this way and you may not even notice the little chunk-looking pieces as you sip your mug, but I highly recommend using a piece of cheesecloth to strain the drink for a more luxurious feel.
The cheesecloth will strain out the chunks and leave you with a creamy thick hot chocolate that is undeniably good. This added step is so worth it for the best Instant Pot hot chocolate recipe results.
Drinking hot cocoa is perfect on cold days, stormy weather, or whenever the snow is lightly falling outside. Of course, you can enjoy it any time the mood strikes as well.
You could but the results won't be as creamy as they would be with heavy cream. The thickness of the cream really helps to give a great texture and feel to the drink.
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Instant Pot Hot Chocolate
- 3 cups whole milk ($0.57)
- 1 can condensed sweetened milk ($1.44)
- ¼ cup baking cocoa, sifted ($0.40)
- pinch salt ($0.01)
- 1 cup heavy cream ($0.99)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla ($0.02)
- In an Instant Pot add milk, condensed milk, cocoa, salt, and heavy cream.
- Close lid and seal vent.
- Set to High Pressure for 0 minutes.
- Let natural pressure release for 10 minutes before manually releasing the rest.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Run mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth for a smoother texture. Enjoy warm.