One of the greatest things about going out to play in the snow and make snowmen,
is coming inside to warm up with some hot cocoa. Instant hot chocolate mixes contain all sorts of things to thicken, sweeten or preserve them, that really aren't necessary. Here's what I do.
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp honey (This is only a suggestion. Use a natural sweetener to your taste.)
Place these ingredients in the blender until they are well blended and foamy. It will nearly double in size.
A note on my blender: I love using this single serving blender. It's great for smoothies for people with differing tastes, mixing up a batch of hummus or salsa. This particular one also came with a grinding blade that I use for spices, seeds or coffee beans. (Thanks for the awesome Christmas gift Jude & Moe)
After mixing the ingredients, heat the mixture to the desired temperature in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave (not in plastic). Be careful to not overheat. The blender creates a nice natural foam on top, so marshmallows are unnecessary.
Some nutritional information for you from nutritiondata.com:
1 cup of milk contains 12g of sugars.
1 cup of chocolate milk contains 24g of sugars.
1 cup of cola contains 30g of sugars.
175 ml milk and 3 Tbsp of "Nestle Carnation Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows" mix contains 27g of sugars, therefore 1 cup of hot chocolate contains 39g of sugars. (If you don't add any extra mix.)
Also take a moment to ponder the ingredients list for Nestle Carnation Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows directly from their website:
SUGAR, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL (MAY CONTAIN COCONUT, PALM KERNEL AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL), MODIFIED MILK INGREDIENTS, DEHYDRATED MARSHMALLOWS (SUGAR, GLUCOSE SYRUP, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, GELATIN, SODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, FLAVOUR AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR, COLOUR), COCOA, CELLULOSE GUM, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, SILICON DIOXIDE, SALT, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, GUAR GUM, SODIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE