Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chocolate Play Dough Recipe

As tempting as it may seem:  
Do not eat the Chocolate Play Dough!

Today I added another recipe to my growing play dough repertoire!  I created a batch of  Chocolate Play Dough by adding cocoa powder to my basic salt dough recipe.   The result is a luxurious, pliable material that looks and smells like real chocolate.  My inspiration comes from a recent post on the blog "Counting Coconuts".  I will enjoy this dough with my own children and in my preschool classroom for Valentine's Day.

To further enhance the Valentine's theme, I have combined my Chocolate Play Dough with an empty heart-shaped candy box, heart-shaped cookie cutters, and my new dough roller from "Write Out of the Box".  This wooden rolling pin creates heart shapes while it flattens.  According to Marianne the creator of Write Out of the Box, this type of roller helps "strengthen the hard to develop intrinsic muscles in the hand."  According to my kids, it is "really cool!"

As with all of my homemade play doughs, this chocolate dough is less crumbly than store bought play dough and keeps well in an air tight container.  The dough cooking process clearly illustrates the concepts of liquids and solids and can generate a dialog about thermal energy and scientific solutions.  In addition to being applicable around Valentine's Day, Chocolate Play Dough could also be an enrichment activity while reading chocolate related literature such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Chocolate Fever.  Although play dough is extremely fun for young children, older kids and adults enjoy it too. 

Even though this Chocolate Play Dough isn't good to eat,  it is still a sweet thing to share with someone you love.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Chocolate Play Dough Recipe

2 1/2 cups flour (plus more for kneading)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
3 cups water
3 tablespoons oil
  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and cream of tartar in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan.
  2. Add water and oil.
  3. Stir constantly over medium heat.  The mixture will be soupy for several minutes and then suddenly it will stick together and can be stirred into a ball.
  4. When mixture thickens and forms a rough ball, remove from the heat and continue stirring.
  5. Turn the hot ball of dough onto a floured surface, and begin kneading as it cools.  Add extra flour if mixture is too sticky.  Continue kneading until flour is incorporated and dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Enjoy dough with rollers, cutters, and other tools.
  7. Store at room temperature in a large zip-lock bag or other air tight container.


  1. How fun! I love that it could be molded into a little chocolate box and then kids can pull it out to play with it. Perfect Vday craft!


  2. Brilliant! I'm assuming this is edible? I can't imagine a child being able to keep this out of his/her mouth, well maybe not an adult either!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love the chocolate variation! Looks so cute in the candy box:)

  4. I just {love} this! Especially with the empty candy box added to the fun. I'd be in heaven if you wanted to link up to my Friday Craft Day! :) Loved stopping by your cute blog!


  5. I am definitely making this sometime this week with my kids. How cool! Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday. http://www.localfunforkids.com/

  6. What could be better than chocolate and playdoh?

  7. well.. this is just AWESOME! what a tempting little treat! thanks for sharing!!

  8. Cuteness! That roller IS so cool! Wonderful idea, thanks so much for sharing it!

    p.s. it does look good enough to eat.

  9. What a tease it would be to find one of these "chocolates" lying on the table ;)

  10. Kids are going to love this homemade playdough. Now i can keep them busy this weekend while im trying to get my own stuff accomplished around the house! Thanks for sharing this.

  11. Great playdough recipe! It looks a bit better than it tasted though ;-)

  12. Love the combination of the chocolate play dough with the candy box! I may have to buy some candy just so I can do this!! :)

  13. LOVE this...I'm going to have to do this for my daughter she would love to play around with this :) Would really love it if you could share this with us at Sharing Saturday -

    Have a great weekend,

  14. Haven't tried the chocolate play dough yet. Can't wait to try it. Visiting from Living Life Intentionally.

  15. It looks good enough to eat =-) Whta a FUN idea!! I'd love for you to share it over at TGIF (http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties) I know my readers would love it too!!
    Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

  16. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday :)


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  18. Made this tonight for my daughter and took some to a sick friend of ours. It is AWESOME! This was so simple and made so much! Thank you for posting! Visiting from the features at Blissful and Domestic!