Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe

Kids will love sculpting and squishing this chocolatey playdough that looks – and smells! – just like a mug of rich hot chocolate. Easy to whip up on a cold winter’s afternoon, it makes for wholesome imaginative play.

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Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe

How to make Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe?

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ball of playdough


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Mix together the flour, salt and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.
  2. Create a well in the center and pour in the warm water, oil and vanilla.
  3. Stir the ingredients together, continually kneading until a pliable dough forms.
  4. When cool enough to handle, knead for a few more minutes until smooth.
  5. Let the kids enjoy sculpting and playing imagination games with the soft, chocolatey dough. Store in an airtight container when not in use.

The kids will adore pretending to sip sweet hot cocoa from hand-formed mugs while sculpting all kinds of fun creations with this playdough that looks and smells just like the real thing! Make a batch for a perfect sensory indoor play activity.

Hot Chocolate 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).

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