In a medium saucepan, warm 1/2 c. water over medium heat.
While it's beginning to warm, add
4 T. unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 T. sugar, and a small bit of salt.
Stir well until it starts to simmer.
When it begins to simmer,
immediately add 3 cups of milk and 1 cup of half and half.
Warm until it reaches desired warmth.
Pour 1/8 t. vanilla in.
Top with real whipping cream
(whipped or not)
or plop in a piece of peppermint candy.
Enjoy with friends and family.
This recipe can be cut in half or a third easily.
It's just as easy as a mix once you make it a couple of times.