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This takes 20 seconds longer to make than using a mix, and it is 10000 times better! Ask any of our sons, nieces and nephews! For one serving, if you use a microwave, in a microwave-safe mug, stir these ingredients together thoroughly:

1 ½ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or more to taste) 2 ½ teaspoons sugar (or more to taste) A tiny pinch of salt

Add two teaspoons of whole milk and stir until the paste is smooth.

Fill the mug with milk. Stir thoroughly. The mixture will not blend completely.

Microwave for 2 ½ minutes at high power, stir again, and enjoy.

For four servings

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, whisk together 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/3 cup sugar, and a sprinkle of salt. Add 2 Tablespoons milk, and stir to a smooth paste. Whisk in 5 cups milk. Heat gently over medium-low heat.

Toppings

If you like, top the hot chocolate with any of the following: a spoonful of freshly whipped cream, a scoop of marshmallow cream, some tiny or large marshmallows, a sprinkle of cinnamon, cocoa, or nutmeg.

Yes - Homemade Marshmallows!

They are easier than you think. Here are two good options:

Alton Brown's recipe

Martha Stewart's recipe

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