Easy Chocolate Play Dough (3 Ingredients)

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If you are on the hunt for another recipe for play dough and one that requires no cooking, no cream of tartar and smell amazing, this one is for you!

This play dough has the softest feel to it. It is so smooth and smells amazing.

There is limited work involved and it is easy enough that your kids can help make it.

The best part-  there are only three ingredients! Things you likely already have on hand. You’ll never guess what two of these items are. Ready for it?

recipe for play dough chocolate


  • 1  1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup hair conditioner
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powered

That is it, just three simple ingredients.

I had no idea until recently that conditioner could be used as an ingredient in homemade play dough! And, I love that does not call for cream of tartar because I had none on hand!

three ingredients for chocolate play dough

Add the these items to a large mixing bowl.

Stir until everything starts to combine.

Then, use your hands to form.

chocolate play dough without cream of tartar

It is smooth and cold and the neatest texture.

It has almost like a foam feel to it. Super cool!

And it smells amazing!

Use an ice cream scoop and scoop it up into cones or bowls. Your kids will be amazed!

how to make chocolate play dough

Let your little ones play and play.

Another thing I love is that it does not air out easily. We left it out on the table for a long time and it was fine.

chocolate play dough recipe

Do store it in an air tight container when you’re done playing with it.

Use it to create and build many things.

I even enjoyed playing with it. The smell is mesmerizing.

(Obviously since it has conditioner in it this play dough is NOT edible!)

Want another super easy sensory play recipe for kids? This no cook gingerbread playdough smells amazing and is perfect to make with your preschooler!

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Easy Chocolate Play Dough (3 Ingredients)

Easy Chocolate Play Dough (3 Ingredients)

Make your own chocolate play dough at home in minutes and there are only 3 ingredients!


  • 1 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup hair conditioner
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powered


  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir until combined well. When the mixture begins to firm up you can use your hands to work everything together.
  3. To prevent drying out, store in an air tight container.


  1. Puts a whole meaning to “playing with your food!”
    This sounds like so much fun.
    Thanks for sharing the secret recipe…we will have to remember not to eat it! LOL

  2. The chocolate playdough looks just like ice cream! Have you had a problem with your children tasting it?

    1. No, they helped me make it so they know the conditioner is in it. lol

  3. I bet this smells amazing!
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  4. I have never heard of making it with conditioner. Thank you for sharing on the kids coop

  5. I know this is way after the fact, but I found this recipe and made it for my daughter, but the playdough went moldy within a week. Anyone else have this problem?

    1. Was it in the summertime? I think a cool dry air tight storage place is best. I am so sorry this happened.

  6. Hi, coud I substitute hair conditioner for oil? The age group I work with is 2-5 and a lot of them put whatever the messy play that day is in their mouths!

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