Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe: easy 5 step

Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe is a fun, fudgy recipe that combines two of your favorite things- playdough and hot chocolate! They’re so easy to make together. You just need to combine the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl, mix on high until the dough becomes pliable, and let it sit for an hour. This is such an easy and excellent recipe for kids and adults. Your house will smell amazing while you’re playing with this stuff too.

What is Hot Chocolate Playdough?

Hot Chocolate Playdough is a fantastic recipe that combines playdough and hot chocolate (or instant hot cocoa or an equivalent amount of chocolate syrup). It’s hot chocolate in non-liquid form.

The dough recipe comes together quickly because you use cocoa powder instead of a liquid, and you don’t have to wait for it to cool down and become playdough. You just mix the ingredients and roll them into balls.

You can roll the balls in sprinkles or dip them in melted chocolate for a pretty effect.

This recipe is based on one I found on Martha Stewart’s blog. However, she didn’t give me all the measurements or instructions.

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Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe

How to make Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe?

  • Prepare time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
  • Yields: 30-60 balls


  • 1 cup (225g) flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch or flour for thickening the dough.


Step 1.

Mix all the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Step 2.

Pour the mixture into a piping bag, or plastic bag with the corner snipped off, and pipe/cut pieces of dough that are 1″ x 3″. (This will be sticky, so be careful not to overfill your bag).

Step 3.

Please give them a good stir after you pipe each piece of dough.

Step 4.

Let the dough sit at room temperature for an hour.

Step 5.

After the hour, roll the dough into balls, and then roll them in sprinkles (or a plain face or dipped in chocolate instead).

Step 6. Enjoy!


This recipe is for a single batch of Hot Chocolate Playdough. You can easily double or triple the recipe to make more at once.

You can store the playdough in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. (I haven’t tested it beyond that period, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t keep it as long as a regular batch of playdough).

Nutrition facts of Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe:

Calories 47 per ball
Fat 0.3g per ball
Sodium 21mg per ball
Carbs 8.4g per ball
Fiber 0g per ball
Protein 0g per ball
Nutrition facts of Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe

Ues ideas for Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe

If you have a lot of kids to make gifts for, or if you just like to give homemade gifts, this is a great recipe. You can hand them out as gifts in cellophane bags with pretty ribbons and tags.

This would also be a fun activity for kids to do with the parents or classroom. You can have them roll the balls out and decorate them together. You can include a holiday calendar or just have them write their names on the balls. Or, have them decorate and re-roll the balls when they get home from school.

Can you add cocoa powder to playdough?

You can’t add cocoa powder to any old batch of playdough, though! Chocolate will stain your hands when it gets on them and eat away at the oils in your hands. For this reason, you must make a particular batch of playdough just for chocolate.

To make regular playdough, you must combine flour, salt, and water in a saucepan. Then add oil to the mixture before you heat it. The oil helps the dough stay moist and pliable when playing with it. Then, when you mix it, you can add the cocoa powder- after the mixture has cooled down for a little bit.

To make a particular batch of playdough just for chocolate, you must combine flour, salt, and water in a saucepan. Then add oil to the mix before heating up.


I find this recipe to be easy and fun. I love the smell of hot chocolate, so I want to play with Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe even more. My kids enjoy making this too. They get to make their batches of playdough in pretty colors for holiday gifts or presents for friends/family. It’s also really rewarding for them to see the finished product after all their hard work (even if it takes less than an hour).

I hope you like this recipe, and if you do, please give it a pin!