Homemade Mexican Chocolate and Mexican Chocolate Coffee Play Dough: perfect in *almost* every way! #epicfail

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Once you try homemade play dough, you never go back.  You can control the ingredients, you can alter the color and smell to fit your child’s likes or the season, and it molds and rolls so much easier than store bought play dough!  You can Google play dough recipes and find more than you could ever even hope to make.  For this particular recipe, I used The Imagination Tree’s 4 Minute Play Dough Recipe and modified it a bit.  Please check out her unaltered recipe as it is absolutely AWESOME!  Anna even has an entire page dedicated to play dough recipes and play ideas if you’re looking for more ideas.

While the kids and I have made play dough a few times before, I wanted to try something new and different this time.  My favorite flavor of all time is chocolate, and a few years ago at Locopops, a local popsicle shop, I found the BEST popsicle ever.  It was called Mexican Chocolate.  I don’t know all that was in it, but I do know it combined chocolate and cinnamon.  While I would have never thought to put the two together, it is really an amazing combination!  I thought it would make a perfect combination for play dough, too, since both chocolate and cinnamon have such strong aromas.  

And what I learned is that it *is* the perfect combination for playdough….and it isn’t….  Let me explain….


Here is what you will need for my version of Mexican Chocolate and Mexican Chocolate Coffee Play Dough:
Each ingredient is divided into 2 bowls
* 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1/2 cup salt
* 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
* several tablespoons of cocoa powder
* several teaspoons of cinnamon
* 2 cups boiling water
* dry coffee grounds (saved/dried after making coffee)

1.  Get out two bowls.  Put half the flour, oil, salt, and cream of tartar into each bowl.  Add a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder to each bowl and a teaspoon or two of cinnamon to each bowl.  Mix well. 

2.  Add one cup of boiling water to one of the bowls.  Stir until everything in the bowl is combined.  Allow to cool enough that you can handle it.  

3.  Knead the dough for several minutes until all stickiness is gone.  Be sure your hands are dry for this part, and it also helps to flour them a bit to prevent sticking.  You may add a little more flour to the dough if it still seems sticky after kneading.  You have just created Mexican Chocolate play dough!

4.  Repeat step 2 with the 2nd bowl of ingredients.  When you are ready to start step 3, add coffee grounds during kneading.  You may add as much or as little as you desire.  You have just created Mexican Chocolate Coffee play dough!!


I rolled the new playdough into two big balls and got out some silicone cupcake molds, wooden spoons, and birthday candles for the kids to play with.  

cupcake silicone molds

They happily made cupcakes for quite awhile.  I did, too.  The play dough literally smelled good enough to eat!  The kids enjoyed smelling it as much as they enjoyed playing with it.

So how did an #epicfail occur 
with this seemingly perfect play dough?!?!

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Well, I walked away from the kids and their chocolate bake shop for awhile.  I heard Lilah, my newly 3 year old, say she was now making baby blankets with the play dough.  She’s obsessed with all things baby.  

After awhile, she announced she was finished and I came over to see.  When my eyes saw what she had created I stopped.  I stared.  I gaped.  I gasped.  I reminded myself to breathe.  And then I laughed until I cried.  And it continued for most of the night.  When I see the photos, I will still occasionally burst into little fits of laughter.  

Are you ready?  I hope you have a strong stomach.  Remind yourself….”IT IS JUST PLAY DOUGH!!”  

Ok, scroll down then, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!!



play dough poop crap feces

Yes, this is what Lilah had happily and proudly created with our deliciously scented Mexican Chocolate Coffee play dough.  They are baby blankets, mind you!  

L&L, with their sweet, innocent, childhood minds never made any reference to what *I* and every other adult in the world I’m sure think it looks like.  They were honestly very, very confused by my sudden maniacal laughter, but soon joined in with me because that’s what you do I guess when you think your mom has suddenly gone off the deep end. 

So, anyway, while this is the PERFECT play dough in terms of consistency, ease of making, and smell, you might want to go with a different color if you’re hosting a play date! 😉

This playdough will last for several months if stored in an air-tight container when not in use.  That is, if you want it to! 😉

Have you ever had a kid project fail in an epic way??

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Anna Ranson says:

    Hahahahaha! LOVE it and oh my goodness, how did you stop yourself a.) laughing and b.) vomiting?! Glad my recipe worked for ya though! Maybe pink next time? 😉

  • RedTedArt says:

    This sure made me giggle.. 🙂

  • Becky says:

    Eww! Lol! I honestly didn’t see that coming. I thought someone ate it and threw up or something. 😛

  • Cassie says:

    My poor laptop is covered in popcorn now. I should have known better than to read and eat. Thanks for the great laugh!

  • Susan Case says:

    Ha ha – great post!

  • Bethany says:

    I can’t stop laughing.

  • Leslie says:

    I made chocolate playdough for my prek class one Valentine’s day. They LOVED it until one of my more mischievous boys decided to make poop. That was the LAST time I made chocolate playdough in my class! Thanks for the fond/fun memory. There is NEVER a dull day when 3-5 year olds are involved! 🙂

  • Our minds are so twisted as adults, aaaah to be innocent again… Great post 🙂

  • You rock! This is a perfect way to celebrate the prevalent Mexican heritage in my part of the world (Arizona, USA). I am in play-dough heaven! I can’t wait to try this!

  • P.S. I pinned this and shared it on my page’s Facebook page:


    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Great post, will have to try adding the cinnamon and coffee. I made chocolate play dough and my 2 yr old, got his baby born and stuck bits so it was coming out the bum. He thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever seen. Is the whole poo and bum obsession a boy thing? : )

  • Well, at least it smelled nice! I for sure want to try this even with the fail 🙂 So fun!

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