Three-Ingredient Chocolate Frosting Play Dough (Easy and Edible!)

Chocolate + Strawberry Frosting Play Dough - Playing with Play Dough

Quick, Easy, Edible Play Dough

Last week, I tried making play dough with frosting for the first time…and it was amazing! I was hooked and my three littles (5, 3, & 1) all loved it.

It was such a huge success that I ordered two more kinds of frosting with this week’s grocery delivery, and I am happy to report that the recipe translated well to new frosting flavors!

In the pictures with this post, you can see both our chocolate and strawberry doughs. We loved them both!

How to Make Chocolate Frosting Play Dough

The instructions for making Chocolate Frosting Play Dough are about as easy as the ingredients list.

You’ll need:

  • One 16-ounce can of chocolate frosting
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Combine the frosting, one and a half (1.5) cups of corn starch, and water in a large bowl. Mix together until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated and a ball begins to form.

Continue to knead together until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

Pinch a small bit of dough off the ball to check its texture and consistency. If the dough feels too sticky, add in the additional corn starch two-ish tablespoons at a time and checking to see if it’s firm enough as you go.

Once the dough is soft and pliable without sticking to your fingers, you’re ready to play! I used this dough for our Chocolate Boxes activity, but will definitely use this recipe any time I need a quick activity for my littles.

Store the leftover dough in a zippered baggy at room temperature for up to three days. Make sure you check its integrity before each round of play, just in case. When I tested the recipe, the main issue we had after a day was dryness. It’s definitely not a recipe designed to last long, but is definitely a bang for your buck!

Additional Notes on Chocolate Play Dough Frosting

Note 1: This recipe is incredibly forgiving. So much so that I actually let my three-year-old do all of the measuring and mixing. I just came in at the end to add a bit more corn starch and kneaded it all together.

Note 2: You could definitely make this even faster in the bowl of a stand mixer, if you like.

Note 3: If the dough ends up too dry or dries a little bit after a day of play, knead in warm water a teaspoon at a time to add a little more moisture back in.

Note 4: This is an amazing play dough recipe for anyone who has a kiddo with a gluten allergy since most play doughs involve flour! (Pass it on! They will thank you! :))

Note 5: You can absolutely substitute powdered sugar for the corn starch, if you’d like. Both work with the frosting in the same way. Since my kiddos can’t stop taste-testing the dough, I use the starch because it has a lower glycemic effect.

Printable Chocolate Frosting Play Dough Recipe

Chocolate Frosting Play Dough

easy, edible, three-ingredient gluten-free play dough

  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups corn starch
  • 1 tbsp water
  1. Combine frosting, 1 1/2 cups corn starch, and 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl.

  2. Knead gently until all ingredients are incorporated.

  3. If dough is too sticky, add additional corn starch to mixture a couple tablespoons at a time until dough reaches a soft, pliable feel.

  4. Store dough in a plastic bag at room temperature for up to three days.

Final Thoughts on Chocolate Frosting Play Dough

You have to try this recipe ASAP! It’s easy, fun, and a great starting place for tons of play dough activities. We’ve made vanilla and strawberry doughs this way, too!

Three-Ingredient Chocolate Frosting Play Dough (Easy and Edible!) - Playing with Play Dough

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