You really don't need a microwave to make popcorn (see recipe here), you don't need a can of cream of chicken soup to make easy, delicious crock pot meals and with the weather cooling down, you definitely don't need little packets to make delicious hot cocoa in minutes. Here's a super simple, basic recipe for hot cocoa that you probably have everything in your kitchen for already. Once you've mastered it, try substituting peppermint or almond extract for the vanilla.
Homemade Hot Cocoa
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups milk (or milk alternative...if you're using a sweetened one, like vanilla soy or almond milk, cut down on the sugar)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1. Combine the water, cocoa powder, salt and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until there are no more lumps and everything is dissolved together.
2. Add milk and bring slowly to a low simmer. Don't let it boil.
3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.