One good recipe for making hot chocolate utilizes unsweetened cocoa powder, granulated sugar, boiling water, hot milk, vanilla extract, and half & half cream. Unlike powdered, pre-sweetened hot chocolate mixes that dissolve in water, this recipe uses real coca combined with milk and cream. The presence of milk, cream and water allows greater control of the consistency over other recipes.
Add more milk and cream to achieve a richer, thicker hot chocolate. Alternatively, add water to thin the mixture if it becomes too thick. Additionally, because this recipe uses unsweetened cocoa powder, the chocolate is 100 percent cocoa. This allows for additional control over the sweetness of the drink. Adjusting the proportion of sugar to cocoa impacts the relative levels of sweetness or bitterness, respectively.
To make the recipe, combine 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa, 3/4 cup sugar and a pinch of salt in a sauce pan, and dissolve the mixture in 1/3 cup boiling water. Add 3 1/2 cups milk, and heat the mix until it is very hot. Take care not to boil the mixture, as the milk could scorch. Remove it from heat and add 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 cup of half & half cream. Allow the mixture to cool to a safe serving temperature and enjoy.