Doesn’t this Edible Ice Cream Play Dough look just like the real thing?! You only need 2 simple ingredients to make this super soft edible play dough recipe!
Edible Ice Cream Play Dough
Play dough is one of my girls’ absolute favorite indoor activities. They will spend HOURS mixing and creating with both store-bought and homemade varieties.
I love to create homemade play dough with them because it adds somethings special to the activity when they actually had a hand in making their own play dough!
Since my youngest daughter is three years old, we like to make edible play dough recipes (like this rainbow unicorn poop play dough) just in case. That way if kids sneak a taste you don’t have to worry!
This strawberry ice cream play dough is one of the best recipes we’ve tried yet! It’s silky and smooth and molds easily.
The best part? You only need TWO simple ingredients, and you might just have them in your pantry already!
Related: Check out our foolproof homemade slow cooker play dough recipe too!
If you like play dough, be sure to check out our Homemade Play Dough Recipes Ebook!
Ice Cream Play Dough Ingredients
Only 2 ingredients needed!
- 1 cup frosting
- 2-3 cups powdered sugar
How to make Play Dough with Frosting
Combine 1 cup frosting (we used strawberry) and 2 cups powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl.
TIP: We use regular style frosting for our ice cream play dough. Feel free to try whipped icing if that’s what you have on hand, just keep in mind that the texture may be slightly different.
Stir frosting and powdered sugar together, slowly adding more powdered sugar (up to 3 cups total).
When the dough becomes to thick to stir with a spoon, finish kneading by hand. Stop adding powdered sugar when dough no longer sticks to hands.
TIP: You can also grease hands with a little bit of coconut oil before playing to make sure dough doesn’t stick.
Your finished ice cream play dough will be super soft and smooth, almost “cloud-like” in texture. It molds well and won’t stick to hands!
TIP: For more fun, try making other flavors of ice cream play dough using different frosting varieties — we love this Birthday Cake Batter Edible Play Dough too!
How Long Does Edible Play Dough Last?
Because edible play dough is made with food ingredients, it won’t stay good as long as regular play dough. However, if you play with clean hands on a clean surface, it should be able to last for a couple play sessions.
Here are tips for making it last as long as possible:
- Always wash hands before playing to minimize contamination or adding dirt to your ice cream play dough.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, up to a week.
- Allow to return to room temperature or knead slowly to warm before playing.
- If your dough thickened or hardened, add a couple drops of olive oil, coconut oil, or even water to re-hydrate.
- Since this is made with food items it is perishable – always check for signs of mold before playing after you’ve stored your dough.
Easy clean-up: Simply wash hands and play area with soap and water.
Can You Really Eat Edible Play Dough?
Though our frosting play dough is technically edible, keep in mind that it is not actually intended to be a food item or eaten in large amounts. We created this recipe as a taste-safe sensory play item for little kids, as they tend to put stuff in their mouths and lick their hands all the time.
Please, always supervise young children when playing with play dough or slime.
Ice Cream Play Dough Recipe (Printable Copy)
Only 2 ingredients!! Looks, smells, and even tastes like the real thing!
- 1 cup frosting
- 2-3 cups powdered sugar
Combine 1 cup frosting and 2 cups powdered sugar in mixing bowl.
Stir frosting and powdered sugar together, slowly adding more powdered sugar (up to 3 cups total) until dough begins to form.
When the dough becomes too thick to stir with a spoon, finish kneading by hand. Stop adding powdered sugar when dough no longer sticks to hands.
While technically edible, this ice cream play dough is not meant to be eaten as a meal - but rather a taste-safe play dough alternative. Always supervise children.
Ice Cream Parlor Invitation to Play
Add some simple props for an afternoon of fun scooping and serving your ice cream play dough! I’ve included shop-able ad links to some of our favorite ice cream theme play sets; disclosure policy available here.
- Kids play ice cream scoops
- Plastic ice cream bowls & spoons
- Chocolate syrup
- Ice cream play set by Melissa & Doug
Be sure to pin our frosting play dough on Pinterest:
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