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I am not a coffee drinker.  For some strange reason caffeine gives me a headache.  Therefore my go-to warm drink in the winter is Hot Cocoa.  And, yes, I know there is some caffeine in chocolate, but it must not be as much, because it doesn’t seem to bother me.  

Really good hot cocoa is practically medicinal.  Here is the process I use to get the perfect cup of hot chocolate.

In a mug I microwave a cup of whole milk for one minute.  Then I add a heaping spoonful of Nestle Quick powder, a 1/2 tablespoon of Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, a dash of salt, a pinch of sugar and stir it. Sometimes the unsweetened cocoa powder doesn’t mix very well, but that’s okay.  

Then I microwave it another 30 seconds.  After taking it out of the microwave and stirring it again I add my secret ingredient: 1/2 teaspoon of Mexican Vanilla.  My favorite brand is Danncy.  It’s the one with the red rooster on the label. Mexican vanilla is double strength so a little goes a long way.  

Top with marshmallows and voila!  A great, warm, chocolatey treat that will soothe your soul!