Chocolate Playdough

Everybody loves play dough, but chocolate play dough?!  Now that’s what I’m talking about.  I actually meant to make this with Miss G over Easter weekend, but we were so busy hunting for eggs and spending our days outdoors, that we didn’t get around to it.  So this morning we whipped out our ingredients and got busy in the kitchen.  And I’m so glad we did.  This play dough is so much fun.  Not to mention that it smells delicious and is easy to make.  Here’s what we did…

IMG 0321First, Grae helped me gather our ingredients – all-purpose flour, salt, cocoa, cream of tartar, oil, and boiling water (which is safely stored on a counter on the opposite side of the kitchen).

IMG 0322We decided to use our mixer this time around, but you could just as easily use a bowl, wooden spoon, and some elbow grease instead.  Start off by adding your flour to the bowl.

IMG 0326Then dump in the salt.  Close your eyes while doing so for an added challenge.

IMG 0328Next up -the magic ingredient…  Cocoa!

IMG 0332Then add a little bit of cream of tartar….

IMG 0338And mix it all together.

IMG 0341When your dry ingredients are fully blended, add some oil.

IMG 0348Then mix again.

IMG 0350Now for the ‘mommy only’ job…  Slowly pour your boiling water into the mixture.

IMG 0353Then mix until everything is well blended and the dough begins to come together.

IMG 0355At this point, the dough might appear to be a little goopy, but resist the urge to add flour just yet.  Stop your machine and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, making sure to incorporate any loose flour.

IMG 0358Now give it one more quick mix.

IMG 0363Dump the dough out onto the counter and pat everything together into a nice ball.

IMG 0366Voila!  You’re ready to have some fun!

IMG 0371Mmmmmm…  Smells so good too!

IMG 0373For some added fun, we took out a box of chocolates we’ve had around since Christmas, dumped the contents, and made some yummy play dough chocolates of our own.

Here’s the recipe (which I originally found here):

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsps cream of tartar
  • 2 cups of boiling water

Combine all of the dry ingredients. Add in the oil and mix well.  Then stir in the boiling water until fully combined.  Dump out the dough on a clean surface and knead if needed.  Enjoy!

The original recipe gives you the option of adding 4 drops of glycerine for added stretch and shine.  We didn’t have any on hand, but I would definitely give it a try next time around.  The dough is plenty soft as is, but not quite as stretchy as our purple “cooked” play dough is.
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2 thoughts on “Chocolate Playdough

  1. teamcleo says:

    Looks like she had fun! Hey, i’ve just tagged you in a post, do check it out when you have the time, but no obligations though =) http://teamcleo.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/tag/

  2. jkossowan says:

    Thanks for the tag! I’ve posted my answers here: http://mamapapabubba.com/2012/04/15/a-grae-survey/
    🙂

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