Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chocolate playdough

Last week, in a masochistic fit, I whipped up a batch of chocolate playdough for the kids. As can be expected, they made a complete mess of the kitchen counter and the floors, which is a sure sign that they had a great time. I just practiced deep breathing, looked the other way, and cleaned up when they were all done. I am NOT the type who just naturally lets kids explore and make messes as they play - it makes me cringe. But I have learned to grin and bear, at least to some extent. 

Becky pretending to mash up some banana for her baby

Oh, I love this little girl!

If you make the chocolate playdough, you may find that you need to add more water than the recipe calls for. I had to, but I'm not sure if I did something wrong or if the recipe is a bit off. 


  1. Wow! This looks like so much fun! My mum used to make home made play dough for us when I was growing up and it was always so much better than the bought stuff. Did the cocoa really make a difference in terms of smell? I used to love the pink playdough my Mum made but perhaps it's a good idea to avoid using food colouring so the cocoa has a dual purpose? Just to check though it's not supposed to be edible though is it? I thought the salt in the recipe was supposed to stop children from eating it but lots of people on the blog you linked to said their children were snacking on it! Your little girls look so sweet and happy here, well done for letting them make a beautiful, creative mess! I think I would struggle with this too myself. Seeing pictures like this makes me think that when I'm a mum myself (hopefully soon!) it will be really challenging trying to do things like this if I'm working outside the home as there just can't be as much time and energy for fun messy projects like this!

  2. I'd love to make this! Perhaps for Dylans upcoming birthday...

    Looks as though your kids had great fun!

  3. Wow, looks like they had fun! Playdough always makes such a mess, doesn't it?
    I have never heard of Chocolate playdough... I will have to try this soon, my kids would love it!
    Thanks for this great idea :)

  4. Look at the faces, not at the mess! They look like they had a great time--and will you tell them to stop getting bigger, please?!


  5. We made pumpkin pie scented playdough a couple weeks ago. Our boys had so much fun playing with it, but I it didn't take me long to remember why I hate playdough!! :) I do try to let them get it out once a year or so though! ;) (Only joking, they were playing with it again today...and it smells wonderful!)

  6. "Look at the faces, not at the mess!"

    Mindy, thank you! I love this!! - In fact, I am planning on stenciling this onto my kitchen wall. It's been years since a quote has stuck with me like that. The last one was from when Solomon was a baby, and someone told me "The days are long, but the years fly by". I am daily reminded of this truth.

    Hannah, as a child, I ate LOTS of salt dough. In fact, just thinking about it, I can taste it in my mouth right now. :) This chocolate dough has so much cocoa in it though, that it is very bitter. One of the kids tried it and choked it back up - the rest of the kids didn't want to try it after that. ;)

  7. SERIOUSLY...could your kids be ANY cuter??!!!!!!!

  8. What wonderful memories. I grew up with my Mom never letting us make a mess in the house. I never remember doing anything like this or making Christmas cookies. I determined when I had kids I would never be like that. Now, I do like a clean orderly house but it is not my "god". I always made Christmas cookies and let the kids decorate and spill the sprinkles everywhere and then just clean it up. My Mom at age 69 came over this Christmas to make cookies with us for the first time in her live ever she had a ball and realized all the time she missed out on and she does not even live in the house we grew up in. What a waste of time!!! PROUD OF YOU!! Keep making the memories, stuff can be cleaned up!!!

  9. I haven't heard of chocolate play dough, but my niece would love it. One other way besides salt to discourage children from snacking on the stuff would be to add chili powder to it.

  10. I made it with my daycare kids today and it smells lovely!

  11. Several days ago, I pulled out a batch of playdoh that I made last year (still fresh!) and let my children go to town! I was full of anxiety when they would get up off their chair because I could just see the mess getting worse. LOL. I bit my tongue though and just let them have fun.

    My parents came to the US from the Azores and all they knew was work, work, work. They never allowed this type of play so it's not natural for me. I'm slowly learning though because they missed out and I don't want to miss the opportunities.

    I'll be in New Hampshire on Monday and picking up those horse chestnuts for you.


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