Now that we’ve become slime obsessed the kids have been asking for more hands on playing. Plus of course they love a sweet treat, so I thought I would combine the two. I tried making an edible slime but it was a complete disaster. I cemented my hands together and the kids had to rescue me! Then inspiration struck… Edible Marshmallow Playdough. Perfect!
When it comes to tackling new project ideas, it always requires a lot of testing and experimenting and this project was no different. It took quite a bit of trial and error before I came up with a very simple recipe for marshmallow playdough that worked every time.
The best part after all that work? It was better than I expected!
And my youngest declared it was a delicious treat too. The rest of the family felt that was up for debate!
We haven’t played with play dough in a very long time, except the bubble bath variety. My kids are beyond that age. In fact, I had the last of our play dough toys packaged up to send to charity. I’m so glad I hadn’t sent them off yet! They came in very handy for this activity.
Ingredients for Edible Marshmallow Play Dough
Icing Sugar (also known as powdered sugar or confectioners sugar)
Making Edible Marshmallow Play Dough
In a bowl mix 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of icing sugar. Set to the side.
In a microwave safe container place 5 marshmallows, plus a tablespoon of coconut oil and a few drops of food colouring. Microwave in very short increments and never take your eyes off of it. This was my oldest son’s favourite part. The marshmallows expand like crazy! As soon as they start to get too big stop, let it cool for a moment and the marshmallows will settle down, then start it again. We needed about 30 seconds in total in the microwave with about 4 “breaks” to let the marshmallows settle.
Using a spoon mix the marshmallow mixture in the container until it pulls together into a lump. Remove the lump and place in your cornstarch/icing sugar mixture. Sprinkle some of the mixture on top of your marshmallows so it is covered completely. Let it sit for a few seconds to cool, then lift it out with your hands and start kneading it.
If it feels a bit sticky, press it into your cornstarch mixture, then work it again.
Edible Marshmallow Play Dough!
It can get a little bit sticky as kids play with it. So you might want to use it on parchment paper, silicone mats or some other non-stick surface. We found some batches got sticky while others didn’t. Probably because we needed a bit more of the cornstarch in the sticky ones. It didn’t slow the kids down though. They had a lot of fun stamping, pulling and rolling the play dough.
Plus of course, my youngest spent a lot of time eating it!
I tried it myself and it tastes just like marshmallows, but the texture is a bit different. Instead of fluffy, it’s a bit “rubbery” in the texture.
Edible Marshmallow Play Dough is not really a make and store type of item. I suggest making it, using it and disposing of any left overs. If your kids are like mine, making it is part of the fun!