- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 heaping teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat the milk to desired temperature in the microwave or on the stovetop and transfer to a drinking mug if necessary. Add the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and mix well--a few small clumps of cocoa powder may be visible, which you can break by pressing against the side of your mug with the spoon. Add the vanilla extract, stir, and enjoy!
For a special treat, add 1/8 - 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract, or stir in a few mini marshmallows (I like the vegetarian kind from Dandies), or top with a dollop of whipped cream.
I'd like to figure out the correct proportions for a larger batch of the dry mix as well, to have ready-made on hand. My calculations suggest that 8 tablespoons of sugar, 6 tablespoons of cocoa, and 3/4 teaspoon salt should provide enough for 12 lightly-heaped tablespoon servings, and ought to be similar to the above single-serve proportions.