Hot Chocolate Mix, the fast way

A few months ago I talked about hot chocolate mix. How to make it just right. At least, for my preferences. However, if that seemed too complicated or work-intensive, there is another method that involves no sifting of anything, or grating of chocolate. I do believe that this is one of those things that everyone should have around. It's easy and saves you effort when you least want to put in any, which is when you really need a nice hot chocolate the most. It will take you about as long to do once as it will to heat up the milk you need anyway - so about two minutes. And then you will have hot cocoa mix for a month.
If you then feel the need to spoil yourself, add a few drops of peppermint extract to the hot chocolate. Or a teaspoon of vanilla extract. If you like spices, try a pinch each of ground cinnamon and ginger, or microwave the milk with a stick of cinnamon in it (you can rinse it off, let it dry and re-use it afterwards).
If you enjoy spiced hot chocolate regularly, add a half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter teaspoon or so of ginger to the jar and shake them in. Or, if you like it spicy, a little chili powder, maybe?
A tablespoon of cognac added in can also be a fun treat. Baileys is nice too, or whiskey.
Hazelnut extract for a nutella hot chocolate.

Ready for emergencies.
Take 1/2 cup sugar. Pour into jar.
1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened). Pour into jar.
A pinch of salt. Add to jar.
Put lid on jar.
Keep next to microwave.
Add to heated milk as required for sanity. 2 teaspoons per cup is usually about right.


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