Hot chocolate mix can be made from scratch by blending together various raw ingredients such as sugar, chocolate pieces, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sea salt. You can add the mix to hot milk or water.
Various other ingredients can be added to the mix depending on personal preference, such as cornstarch, fresh vanilla beans or honey. Unsweetened, semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate may be used. When making your own mix, thoroughly whisk all chosen ingredients together in a bowl, or use a food processor. SmittenKitchen.com suggests combining 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, 3 ounces of chocolate, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt. The site lists cocoa powder as an optional addition.
Heat up a cup of milk in a saucepan on medium heat, and mix in 3 tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix, then whisk constantly for a couple of minutes or until the mix has dissolved and begins to simmer. Serve it hot with optional extras such as marshmallows, cinnamon or whipped cream. For a more spicy mix, add cayenne pepper or some chili powder. Vanilla can also be replaced with mint extract or espresso powder. Most mixes can be kept for up to two months at room temperature in an airtight container.