I love hot cocoa. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I grew up drinking it out of a packet because it's easy. Little did I know it's just as easy to make it from scratch with cocoa powder.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
4 cups milk, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine sugar and cocoa in medium saucepan; stir. Gradually stir in 1/3 cup milk to make a smooth paste; stir in remaining milk.
Warm over medium heat, stirring constantly, until hot (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired, before serving.
If you wanted to change this around a little bit feel free to add some peppermint extract to the mix.