It’s pretty rare to ever drink a terrible hot chocolate. Follow any basic recipe and you are bound to get at least something palatable, even if it’s not earth-shattering. That said, there are some things you can do to get the perfect hot cocoa if you are really after something special.
First, you can use a good, quality cocoa. I like to use Penzey’s Natural High-Fat Cocoa. It’s the tastiest cocoa for its value that I’ve ever had! You can even get it already mixed for cocoa making, but the regular cocoa also comes with a recipe on the jar.