I have made a lot of homemade playdough for my kids – and this chocolate playdough recipe is my favorite. It turned out so soft and pliable, the perfect texture, really. The yummy chocolate scent will make you want to eat a bite of dough — and you could — this is an edible playdough recipe. BUT. The second the chocolate dough hits your tongue, the super SALTY flavor will have you spitting it out immediately. Just ask my 3-year-old. He found out real quick. (It was actually pretty funny to watch him do it, too!)
The secret to getting the perfect texture in your homemade play dough has got to be vegetable glycerine. Don’t worry if you don’t have any on hand — vegetable glycerine is an optional ingredient in this recipe. The kind I use is considered food grade, just in case someone manages to swallow any dough. Many health food stores and drug stores sell vegetable glycerine – I ended up ordering mine from Amazon.
This was the first time I have used vegetable glycerine in a play dough recipe, and I definitely noticed a difference just a few drops of vegetable glycerine makes. It helps make the dough stretchy and more pliable. I am going to try adding it to my Peppermint Playdough next time I make it.
I found small plastic lidded containers at the dollar store and gave out packages of chocolate playdough as birthday party favors. It was an inexpensive treat for all the kids – and everyone loved it.
Chocolate Playdough Recipe
- 2 cups All Purpose
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 T. vegetable oil
- 2 T. Cream of Tartar
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 4 drops of vegetable glycerine
How to make:
1. Combine flour, salt, cocoa and Cream of Tartar in a medium bowl and mix well.
2. Stir in the vegetable oil and mix well.
3. Add the boiling water and continue to stir until combined. Allow the dough to cool enough so you can begin to knead it on a clean surface. Knead in about 6-8 drops of vegetable glycerine. Continue to knead the dough until it is smooth and pliable. If the dough feels sticky, slowly add flour, about a tablespoon at a time, and knead until the texture feels right.
*TIP: I ended up adding about 3-4 tablespoons of flour to get my play dough texture where I wanted it to be.
*TIP: If your dough feels too dry or crumbles, you will need to add a little bit of water, a tablespoon at a time, and knead until the dough feels right.
STORE in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated for longer-lasting dough.
This is a very easy play dough recipe that I highly recommend. I will definitely make it again. My kids spent a lot of hours playing with their chocolate play dough. If you have any questions on how to make it, please let me know in the comments below.