Martha Stewart has a quick and easy recipe to make homemade hot cocoa with just four ingredients: sugar, cocoa, salt and whole milk. Whisk together 3 1/2 cups of sugar, 2 1/4 cups of cocoa and 1 tablespoon of table salt in a large bowl until combined. To serve, warm milk, and add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix for each cup of milk.
Jamie Oliver kicks things up a bit with his cinnamon-spiked hot chocolate recipe. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring 4 cups of partly skimmed milk almost to a boil. In the meantime, mix together 2 tablespoons of malted milk drink powder, 2 tablespoons of corn flour, 3 tablespoons of icing sugar, 4 tablespoons of cocoa, 3.5 ounces of finely grated dark chocolate and a pinch each of cinnamon and sea salt. Mix about 10 heaped tablespoons of the chocolate mixture into the hot milk, let it bubble for a few minutes, remove from the heat, and serve.
Alton Brown provides a spicy variation on the classic hot chocolate recipe. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 cup of cocoa, 2 1/2 cups of powdered milk, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of cornstarch and a pinch of cayenne pepper to taste. Fill a mug halfway with the mixture, and add hot water, or if preferred, substitute the water for warm milk.