I typically use a pouch of Cocoa Mix, or less than a scoop of Mint Hot Cocoa Mix (from Trader Joe's) at home. I haven't made my own from scratch yet, but I did watch an episode of "Good Eats" on Food Network where Alton Brown made this. It looked so good but SO yummy, I saved the recipe.
Hot Cocoa(Good Eats, Episode:Art of Darkness II, Cocoa)
- 5 1/2 cups dry mix
1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. In a small pot, heat 4 to 6 cups of water.
Fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water. Stir to combine. Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the pantry. This also works great with warm milk.
I'd toss some marshmallows and maybe even some chopped candy canes in if I had them on hand.
(Couldn't resist the pic of Alton Brown. He puts a geeky spin on cooking and baking, what's not to love?)