It's getting chilly down here and I feel like hibernating! A wonderfully delicious way of warming up is with a good cup of hot cocoa. Here is a recipe I found a while ago that is really, really good. Perfect for chilly nights spent reading a good book by the fire. If you don't have time to make your own, then store bought is fine too. I always add half and half to store bought so that it is creamy and delicious.
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3-1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half
Combine the cocoa, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch.
Stir in milk and heat until very hot (do not boil!) Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between four mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.