For chocolate lovers only! This Crock Pot Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding is a seriously chocolate slow cooker dessert recipe!
Published 12/30/15. Updated with new photos and tips 1/17/19.
Do you love chocolate? If so, then I have just the dessert for you!
This Crock Pot Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding is a rich, chocolate bread pudding that “bakes” entirely in the slow cooker.
This triple chocolate bread pudding is so seriously chocolaty! It’s the kind of dessert that I love – warm and homey and comforting. It couldn’t be simpler to make, and it’s a great way to use up any French bread that’s getting stale.
Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or chocolate if you are a serious chocoholic) for a sweet dessert that is so easy to make!
How to make chocolate bread pudding
Begin by greasing your slow cooker insert. I use a nonstick baking spray to lightly grease the insert.
Then, add the bread cubes, and top the bread cubes with the chocolate chips. You can use semisweet, milk chocolate, bittersweet, dark chocolate, or even white chocolate chips.
Next, whisk the sugars, cocoa powder, milk, half-and-half, eggs, and vanilla together until combined. It’s ok if it isn’t perfectly smooth, but you don’t want any large lumps of cocoa powder in the mixture.
Pour the cocoa/milk mixture over the bread cubes, and gently press the bread into the chocolate milk mixture to cover the bread cubes.
Cover the top of the slow cooker with a thin towel. You want the towel to be thin so that it doesn’t interfere with the lid’s seal. Then, cover with the crock pot lid, and cook!
Why do I need to use a towel?
The towel will help to absorb condensation as the bread pudding cooks. This allows the bread pudding to “bake” and helps to keep it from turning soupy.
How to serve chocolate bread pudding
This bread pudding is not super sweet. It pairs well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.
How to make the bread pudding sweeter
For a sweeter bread pudding, you can increase the sugar in the recipe. You can also use Dutch-processed cocoa powder, and you can use milk chocolate chips for part or all of the chocolate chips in the recipe.
How to make a bittersweet bread pudding
In order to make a bittersweet bread pudding, you will want to use part or even all bittersweet chocolate chips.
How to make a reduced-fat bread pudding
If you would like to make the bread pudding with less fat, simply use fat-free half-and-half and fat-free evaporated milk.
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Crock Pot Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe
- 9 cups day-old cubed French bread
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dark or milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder¹
- 4 large eggs
- 12 oz can evaporated milk²
- 1/2 cup half-and-half³
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Lightly grease a medium (4-5 quart) crock pot.
- Add bread to crock pot.
- Top with chocolate chips.
- In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, cocoa powder, eggs, milk, half-and-half, and vanilla. It's ok if it's a little lumpy, but you don't want big piecies of cocoa powder.
- Pour milk mixture over bread, gently pressing bread down as needed.
- Place a thin cotton towel over the top of the slow cooker.
- Cover, and cook on low for about 3-3 1/2 hours.
- Dutch-processed cocoa powder will also work in this recipe.
- Skim, 2%, or full-fat will work.
- Regular or fat-free will work.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
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Comments & Reviews
I made this for Christmas and it turned out so good that I’m making it again for Valentine’s day. I did double the recipe and baked it in the oven. It turned out perfect.
Yay!! I’m so glad to hear that! And thanks for your note about baking it. I hadn’t tried that, and it’s great to hear that that worked out well.
tobreth s hansen says
I think it could have used a touch more milk, but was very good. We made in with old bread but not old French bread. Mostly heals of homemade loaves.
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. =)
This is amazing! Love bread pudding and never considered a chocolate one, but won’t make that mistake again. Love having a dessert ready without the fuss.
Thanks! It’s a fun twist on regular bread pudding. Thanks for commenting!
Mary Ann Miller says
Oops, I did it wrong. It did say to put the milk with the choc mixture! Now I will try to stir it together. Yikes. Also added pecans on top, to then serve it with caramel sauce on top: turtle bread pudding!!
Glad you found it! Turtle bread pudding sounds delicious. =)
Mary Ann Miller says
The recipe didn’t say when to add the chocolate mixture. I assume you add over top of bread/milk/chips. Correct??
Mary Ann Miller says
How would the directions change using an instapot instead?
Hi! I haven’t tested this recipe in an Instant Pot to say for certain. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it works out!
Looks amazing cannot wait to try this!
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!
Shawna Smith says
I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Roofing Baltimore
I hope you enjoy it!
Jen Mo says
Can I double the recipe?
I would guess so, but I haven’t tried it to say for certain.
I made this for company, and everyone enjoyed it.I wanted a dessert I could make before everyone arrived. It’s not very sweet on its own, but I served it with ice cream. Thank you for the recipe!
Yay!! I’m so glad! Thank you for coming back to comment! =)
how many servings can you get from this recipe
You should get about 10 servings from this recipe.
Is it 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon of vanilla?
It’s 1 tablespoon. Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Alex Dorman says
Hi, did you use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder?
Hi! I use unsweetened cocoa powder.
Lisa Stanley says
Is that 1 12 oz can evaporated milk instead of 1 ounce?
Sorry about that! Some of my recipes re-formatted, and I’ve been trying to catch all of the issues. It should be one 12 oz. can. Thanks!
When you say leave a cotton towel, does this mean instead of the glass cover?
No, you’ll still want to cover it with the glass cover. The cotton towel will just help to absorb the condensation that forms as the bread pudding is cooking so that you don’t end up with bread pudding soup. =)
Okay, sorry! Just to clarify.
So put the cotton cloth on, then the glass cover over that?
Thanks for your help, as you can probably tell I don’t do much cooking and want to make sure I do this right.
No worries! Yes, you’ll want to lay the cloth over the opening of the slow cooker and then put the lid on top of the cloth like it would normally go. You’ll want to use a thin cloth so that the lid will still fit snugly. If you have other questions, please feel free to ask!
Just wanted to let you know it came out amazing!!! Everyone loved it.
M Abrams says
Can you reheat in oven or microwave? If so for how long and what temperature? Also what would be the best way to serve at table – I was thinking a soufflé dish?
Hi! I reheat it in the microwave. It’s just easier to reheat it that way. =) I like to serve it in individual dishes topped with whipped cream or ice cream. Hope that helps!
Jessica @ Sweetest Menu says
This looks INCREDIBLE! In a crock pot? Triple chocolate? Bread pudding? I’m in love!
Thank you so much! =)
Oh my gosh, I can not believe how wonderful this looks. Excellent!