Easy-to-Make Turtle Hot Chocolate

Number of Servings: 2

The flavor-to-prep time ratio on this recipe couldn’t be better. You get the indulgent turtle experience in just a few minutes. Sure, we’re cheating a little by using a packet of dark chocolate hot cocoa mix, but that’s on purpose to make a complicated-tasting recipe as simple as can be. Use 2%, fat-free or whole and just heat the ingredients, pour, top with marshmallows and caramel drizzle and bang! You have tasty turtle hot chocolate. We have a 2-serving version and one for twelve in the slow cooker. Whether you’re having a party or a one-on-one hang, you can serve homemade turtle hot chocolate far easier than you ever thought before.

Not only is it a delight to the palate but also to the eyes. Serve it in clear mugs to show off the caramel as it drizzles down into the chocolate. It’s an excellent way to warm up a chilly evening, bring a smile to someone’s face, or simply indulge in a moment of chocolatey bliss. So go ahead, treat yourself and your loved ones to this easy yet lavish hot chocolate recipe.


  • 1 ½ cups milk (fat-free, 2% or whole)
  • 1 packet (1.25 ounces) dark chocolate hot cocoa mix
  • 5 tablespoons caramel dessert topping, divided
  • ¼ cup miniature marshmallows


In 4-cup, microwave-safe, measuring cup combine milk, cocoa mix and 3 tablespoons of the caramel topping. Microwave on high (100% power) for 2 to 3 minutes or until hot, whisking every minute.

In small microwave-safe bowl place the remaining 2 tablespoons caramel topping. Microwave on high (100% power) for 15 to 45 seconds or until hot.

Pour chocolate mixture into two 10-ounce mugs. Top with marshmallows. Drizzle with the warm caramel topping.

Slow Cooker Option (12 Servings)

In large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 9 cups milk over medium heat until hot. Do not boil. Pour into 3 ½- to 4-quart slow cooker. Whisk in 6 packets (1.25 ounces each) dark chocolate hot cocoa mix and 1 cup caramel dessert topping. Cover and keep warm on low-heat setting for 2 to 4 hours. Before serving, in microwave-safe bowl microwave ¾ cup caramel dessert topping for 1 to 2 minutes or until hot, stirring every 30 seconds. To serve, ladle chocolate mixture into twelve 10-ounce mugs. Sprinkle with 1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows. Spoon hot caramel topping on each serving.

Approved by the Michigan Dairy Market Program Committee.