As much as I should heed my own advice, and grab an orange or a cup of green tea or something of the sort, I just want to swim in a giant puddle of hot chocolate. So does D. We are obviously, slowly, surely, going winter-stir-crazy in our abode. Oh Spring, where are you now? Save us from ourselves! For now, we must sally-forth with many cups of potent beverages.
Best hot cocoa tips other than using highest quality cocoa powder (and plenty of it) -- have a big bowl of freshly whipped cream on hand, better to 'cut' the richness of the hot chocolate. Did I just suggest 'cutting the richness' with heavy whipping cream? I've got some things to work on.
And, throw in a little chunk of a nice chocolate bar -- this adds yet another layer of flavor, character and body to the final product.
Finally, a cup of serious hot cocoa is very nice the next day, cold, straight from the fridge. It's a breakfast pudding!