It takes an extra step, but I prefer to make hot chocolate from melted semi sweet chocolate chips rather than coco powder. I think it just tastes better than powder.
Instruction on how to use chips for hot chocolate
Melt 3 teaspoon of semi-sweet chips and add 2 cups of milk with a half cinnamon stick. Stir and make sure all chocolate is melted being careful to keep the temp below boiling.
This is how to make a hot chocolate kit. I like to build the kit in such a way, as it can be broken down for single servings, or a kit that makes a big pot of hot chocolate for a chilly crew.
Large or Small Mason Jars
Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (used for cookies)
Sugar cane (for decoration)
Folded card with instructions
Put chips, cinnamon stick and sugar cane in a mason jar. Tie a ribbon over the rim and decorate. Tie with ribbon or otherwise affix a folded card with instructions. These can be as elaborate or simple as you want. Use pictures on a color printer or just simple hand written instructions and a season’s greetings on plain white paper. Getting the kids to decorate is always a good idea; maybe they can draw a snowman? Place a sugar cane and cinnamon stick (s) on the jar and tie it with a ribbon.