I love a good hot cocoa.
And, I cannot believe it took me 20-some odd years to make my own from scratch.
What was I thinking?!
It's so easy to make your own... and, oh, so delicious. Especially with special dark cocoa powder ;-)
Since I'm the only cocoa drinker in our house, I make it by the mug-full.
Hot Cocoa - Adapted from Hersheys
8oz warm/hot milk
1 T cocoa (Special Dark is awesome)
1 T sugar
1-2 tsp. vanilla*
*If you wish to have a more "french vanilla" cocoa, add 2ish tsp. vanilla
First, measure the cocoa and sugar and place in the bottom of the mug of choice.
Then, heat the milk (in a microwave safe container, or in a saucepan) until it reaches the desired warmness. I've found it helpful to warm the milk in a large measuring cup because it pours so nicely into the mug.
Stir the mix as needed to dissolve the chocolate. Some clumps will remain... but, that's life.
Add in vanilla and the dash of salt. I don't know why you need the salt, but, it does make a difference.
Enjoy your nice mug of hot chocolate.
Recommended use: with a blanket, a good book and sitting before a fireplace.