In a bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. Optionally, add all ingredients to a 16 ounce mason jar, seal, and shake to combine.
To prepare hot chocolate: Add two tablespoons of hot chocolate mix to 8 ounces of hot milk. Stir until dissolved and serve immediately. (The average coffee mug is 12 ounces, so you may need extra hot chocolate mix to match the amount of milk used).
Optionally, top prepared hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream, shaved chocolate, or cinnamon.
The average coffee mug holds 12 ounces of liquid. Keep this in mind, you may need to add 3 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix to a coffee mug filled with hot milk.
This recipe cannot be made with water. Store bought hot chocolate mixes also contain a dried milk powder, which allows them to be mixed with water. This recipe does not, and needs to be mixed with milk.