Hot chocolate...is there really any reason to convince someone it's good to know how to make your own? I found this recipe via Alton Brown, and it makes a lot, so I was able to package this up in several fun ways to add to gifts for friends.
I was also able to reserve enough for me and the piles of Whipped Cream, and crushed Andes mints my hot chocolate requires.
2 c. powdered sugar, 1 c. cocoa, 2 1/2 c. powdered milk, 1 t. salt, 2 t. cornstarch (it also called for a pinch of cayenne pepper, but I was too scared, and skipped this step).
Mix it up with a wisk, and store in an airtight container. When you are ready to drink, make a c. with 1/2 mix and 1/2 warm water or milk.