One of our favourite winter-themed homemade playdoughs to make is our homemade chocolate playdough. This easy recipe uses no Cream for Tartar and is no cook so easy to make and it smells amazing. We love using this for Valentines play and hot chocolate pretend play.

So here we go our easy to make no-cook chocolate playdough recipe.

Pictures of a toddler playing pretend cookie making with a batch of homemade chocolate playdough

Chocolate Playdough To Make at Home

When I searched for homemade playdough recipes without cream of tartar the majority of them are made on the stove or on the hob.

I really wanted an easy playdough recipe that I don’t have to pop to the store to buy ingredients for and that is quick to make.

toddler playing with chocolate playdough made at home

Like our basic no-cook playdough recipe, this chocolate one contains no cream of tartar, just uses ingredients to make that we have in the kitchen and is not made on the stove.

What is the cream of tartar used for in playdough?

The main purpose of the cream of tartar is as a preservative in the playdough.

As we tend to make the playdough and mix it up with lots of different things including painting with it we often don’t store it for very long at all so with no tartar is fine.

The other reason is that it can make it smoother.

But you can have the same effect from adding a bit of glycerin or sunflower oil to the mix as well.

playdough recipe for no cook without cream of tartar chocolate scented

Chocolate Playdough Play Idea for Toddler and Preschoolers

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Once we had the batch of playdough mixed up we set it up for make some chocolate playdough cookies.

toddler playing making pretend cookies with homemade playdough

A baking tray, rolling pin, cookie cutters and a spatula and lots of different pretend cookies were made.

making cookies with homemade chocolate playdough a fun toddler activity

You could add in some learning by using a set of alphabet, number or shape cookie cutters – we love this set as it combines all 3 for a great value.

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recipe for homemade no cook chocolate playdough without cream of tartar

Homemade Chocolate Playdough Recipe

Easy to make chocolate playdough recipe without cream of tartar. No-cook so simple to make at home.
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Keyword: homemade playdough, Play Dough, playdough, Sensory play
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Cerys Parker


  • Bowl
  • spoon
  • measuring cups



  • Mix the flour salt and cocoa powder together in a bowl.
  • Pour in the water, oil and stir until the playdough starts to form.
  • Allow to coil a little and then turn out and knead.
  • Add in the 4 – 5 drops of glycerin and knead further.
  • Continue to knead until you have a smooth consistency to your playdough.
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This playdough will store for a week at the most in an air tight container so that it doesn’t dry out.
Although taste safe the quantity of salt will make it dangerous for pets and if ingested seek medical advise for pets or children.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


  1. Chocolate…does that mean you can eat it, because if I mentioned that word to my three it would be in their mouths, they are chocoholics! Fab, looks great to me.

    Thanks for linking to science sparks Fun Sparks!

  2. This play dough must smell amazing! Glad you found a recipe you like!!!

    When I make the regular homemade version (similar to your recipe), I boil the water in a kettle first – speeds up the process a great deal!

    Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

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