I have a weakness. Chocolate. I love chocolate and need a daily dose…

by Rachel

My favorite chocolate candy of all time are peppermint patties.

This activity was an accident, the best, tastiest accident!

We had a bunch of kids over to make Peeps Playdough, instead of using peeps we played with marshmallows….

And one kiddo doesn’t like the taste of marshmallows (honestly, I don’t either), so we dug out our candy oils (affiliate link). These little jars are potent. We have a collection of flavors ranging from rootbeer, to raspberry, and cotton candy. Our friend said they wanted peppermint. The best decision *ever*. The dough tasted just like the insides of a peppermint patty.




*recipe is for a single portion. Each ball pictured is 3x the amount. For a handful, playable amount, quadruple the recipe.

Peppermint Flavored Dough

  • 3 Fresh Marshmallows – stale ones don’t work as well
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar (and more for dusting)
  • 1-2 Drops of Peppermint Candy Oil

Dark Chocolate Edible Playdough

  • 3 marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate coco powder
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar

Heat the marshmallows and the olive oil in the microwave for 10 seconds, until the marshmallows begin to expand slightly. Stir and if you are making peppermint flavored dough, add the flavoring drops. Add powdered sugar or coco powder. After it is no longer sticking to the edges of the bowl, mix the rest of the sugar in with your fingers. Play, create and taste your dough!!

We loved mixing the balls together to make our own peppermint patties.

You don’t want your kids to eat this much sugar, but if you have a sweet tooth like I do, you’ll want your kids to wash their hands really well before they make it so *you* can snack on the dough over the next few days once they are done playing with it!

The dough keeps for 2 to 3 days if in a sealed ziplock baggie. It will become hard if exposed to air for too long (but still, really, really tasty!).

​Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.