When I had to give up dairy I sorely missed hot cocoa (I'm not a coffee drinker). Thanks to a friend sharing an Alton Brown post on fb--and comments from others of how well it works to skip the powdered milk--I FINALLY get to easily enjoy hot chocolate without starting WWIII with my body. I personally use 3T mix to approximately 6 oz. coconut milk. Success has been reported with all dairy alternatives (almond, etc); play with quantities to find your perfect fit. Original recipe can be found at http://altonbrown.com/hot-cocoa-mix-recipe/.