Even though we've had a pretty warm winter, there have been chilly mornings and evenings that were still just right for hot chocolate. Here's a recipe I got from Martha Stewart that allows you to make your own hot chocolate mix. As her publications point out, you can make this mix and have enough to last you through the hot chocolate season. It's economical, and it allows you to make vegan hot cocoa.
3 1/2 c. sugar
2 1/4 c. cocoa
1 T. salt
soy milk or almond milk, for serving
In a large bowl, sift the ingredients together. Store them in an air-tight container. To serve, pour 1 c. soy milk or almond milk into a microwave-safe mug. Zap the milk to the desired temperature, then add 3 heaping tablespoons (or more or less, to taste) of the mix and stir well with a fork to break up all the powdered lumps.
To make a larger batch, heat the soy or almond milk in a saucepan, taking care not to boil it. Add 3 T. of the mix per cup of milk used.