As a kid I thought that no better hot beverage for winter existed than hot chocolate. While my mother was having her cup of tea at tea time, we were given steamy mugs of hot chocolate. The fact that the hot chocolate came out of a packet (just add hot water) was of no consequence to me partly because I didn’t know better and partly because I loved those tiny marshmallows.
As an adult I consider hot chocolate more of a dessert than a beverage. I also think that if you are going to make hot chocolate it should contain, well, chocolate!