Some people like the cocoa, some people like the marshmallows. Well, if you are tired of those microscopic marshmallows in the Swiss Miss packet, I have a recipe for you. These homemade cubes are man-sized. There is a lot of sugar in the recipe, but the liquid is really where the potential for greatness lies. The basic recipe is here. Variations we have tried include peppermint (use water and a tsp of peppermint extract) and apple cider (use cider and some apple-friendly spices). One marshmallow per mug.
On a side note, we happened to have a really great cup of hot chocolate the other day at Pitango Gelato on P Street in DC. It's a steal compared to the other prices in the shop, and it is well worth it - in consideration for my "best of" list. According to their website, they are also in Baltimore and Reston. They don't top with marshmallows, but definitely don't refuse the whipped cream - it is top quality.