Easy Taste Safe Play Dough – 2 Ingredients

by | Dec 19, 2023

I don’t know about your kids, but whenever we break out the playdough I’m constantly finding them sneaking a bite or two, probably more to be honest.

It’s a fun and colorful blob of salty dough so it makes sense why kids may get curious and want to try it and maybe even enjoy it – not for me!

So I thought to myself – let’s make a taste safe play dough I don’t feel bad about my kids sneaking a few bites of.  

I made a homemade frosting play dough that uses only two ingredients plus your choice of food coloring and sprinkles if you’re feeling fancy.  It’s an easy homemade playdough you can make with your kids.

I still try to keep the “taste safe” to myself otherwise my kids might eat the whole thing!

Make sure to grab the printable playdough recipe to keep on hand for those rainy days.

What You’ll Need to Make It

Most homemade playdough recipes seem to be made with cream of tartar, but I never have that on hand.  This is a homemade playdough without cream of tartar and instead uses only whipped frosting and powdered sugar.

Other homemade playdough recipes might require you to cook the mixture, but this taste safe play dough recipe is made without any cooking.

Taste Safe Play Dough Ingredients

taste safe play dough

When I made this taste safe play dough recipe I ended up using quite a bit of powdered sugar.  In fact, you can always add more if you find that your homemade playdough is getting sticky.

How to Make

To make this taste safe play dough you’ll start with mixing the whipped frosting and powdered sugar in a large bowl.  The mixture will be sticky at first, but as you continue to add more powdered sugar, the frosting play dough will eventually form and become less sticky.

The more powdered sugar you add, the less sticky the taste safe play dough will be. 

Once you have the desired consistency you’d like, separate the taste safe play dough into as many sections as you’d like for different colors. We made this frosting play dough around the holidays so we chose red, green and white with sprinkles.

I suggest mixing the play dough and food coloring in a bowl for less mess.  Add as much food coloring as you’d like.  The more food coloring you add, the deeper the color, but you may find you need quite a bit of food coloring for darker play dough. 

Variations

The great thing about this taste safe play dough recipe is that you can change the flavors and colors for any holiday, party, or flavor your kids are craving.

It’s fairly easy to find whipped frosting in vanilla, chocolate, and even strawberry flavors so you can change up the flavor of your frosting play dough.

FAQs

How Long Does This Play Dough Last?

While this taste safe play dough can last quite a while, I’d recommend keeping it no longer than one week to ensure it’s safe to actually taste.

Because this taste safe play dough is made with food ingredients, it does have potential to grow mold, so always double check before letting your kids play with it.

Is This Play Dough Really Safe to Eat?

This taste safe play dough is made out of food ingredients, therefore 100% safe to eat.  Does that mean that you should give it to your kids as a snack?  Definitely not.  However, if your child does sneak a taste like mine do, it’s a safer option.

While your kids will likely love this taste safe play dough, it does have a lot of sugar. Make sure you set some boundaries around this taste safe play dough unless you want your kids to be loaded with sugar and left with a stomachache.

Is This Play Dough Sticky?

If you find that your play dough is sticky, add more powder sugar.  However, this homemade playdough recipe will leave a little residue on your hands so make sure to have your children wash their hands after playing with it.

How to Store 

Store your taste safe play dough in an airtight container or Ziplock bag.  To make this frosting play dough safe to eat, you should only store it up to one week and toss after.

While this taste safe play dough recipe is simple and cheap, store bought play dough definitely has it’s pros with being shelf stable and less of a mess to make.

Playdough Tools

taste safe play dough

My kids love using common kitchen tools with their play dough, such as mini cookie cutters, kid safe knives, and rolling pins.

taste safe play dough

Taste Safe Play Dough

A taste safe play dough recipe without cream of tartar!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Measure cups
  • Airtight container or ziploc bag

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar see notes
  • 1 cup whipped frosting
  • food coloring optional
  • sprinkles optional

Instructions
 

  • Mix together powdered sugar and whipped frosting. Play dough will be sticky at first, but continue to add more powdered sugar until you reach a desired consistency and your play dough is no longer sticky.
  • Separate play dough into as many sections as you'd like for different colors. Add one section of play dough to a bowl and add 5-10 drops of food coloring. Mix play dough with your hands until the color is consistent. Add more food coloring for a deeper, darker color. Repeat with additional colors to other sections of play dough.
  • Store play dough in air tight container or ziploc bag.

Notes

Add more powdered sugar if play dough ends up too sticky.

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Hi! I'm Alex Turnbull. I'm a registered dietitian specializing in introducing solids and picky eating. Most importantly, I'm a mom of two so I get how stressful feeding kids can be.

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