Hot Cocoa

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup half-and-half cream

1) Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch  of salt in a saucepan.
Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while
you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.  Watch that it
doesn’t scorch.

2)  Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add
the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.