1 cup water
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
1/2 tsp vanilla
5 cups hot milk
8 cinnamon sticks for stirring, optional
Combine enough water with cocoa, in a saucepan, to make a smooth mixture; stir in the remaining water and add the salt and sugar. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.
To serve, combine the whipped cream and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Divide equally into 8 cups and fill each with the hot milk. Add a cinnamon stick for stirring, if desired.
Variation: For the holidays, substitute a candy cane for the cinnamon stick, if desired.
Yield: 8 servings