Pinterest is full of play-doh recipes. I’ve been dutifully making mine on the stovetop, like a good little mommy blogger *cough*, but then I kept seeing all these recipes that require only 2 ingredients. I started to wonder….are they just as good as my Suzy Homemaker from-scratch recipe??
Time for a fun experiment!
First up….. cool whip & corn starch.
This one gave me problems. See the top blob in the picture? Yes.
The instructions called for 1 part cool whip to 2 parts corn starch. The cool whip was frozen (obviously) and I didn’t want to mush cold ingredients with my hands. Brrr. So first, I tried melting the cool whip and mixing it with the corn starch. Crumbs. Not even moist crumbs. Dry crumbs.
Then I tried mixing frozen cool whip with the corn starch. Better-ish? Still pretty crumbly. And I’m guessing it only gets worse as the cool whip melts from the heat of your hands. No thanks.
Next up…body lotion & corn starch.
It came together… kind of. The recipe was 1/2 cup body lotion for every 1 cup of corn starch. You need waaaay more lotion than that. Otherwise, you just get slimy corn starch. And coloring it? Tough. See the tiny color blotches in the middle glob up there? Next time, I would mix the lotion with the food coloring first, then add it to the corn starch.
Except that there won’t be a next time. This recipe just wasn’t worth the effort. Giant waste of lotion. Sure, your hands smell awesome afterwards, but you can get the same effect by, you know, putting on lotion.
Lastly…. frosting & powdered sugar.
Again, 1 part goop to 2 parts dry ingredient. (I’m sensing a pattern here…) This play-doh was awesome!! Took a bit of mixing in the beginning, but once you get going, it formed the perfect consistency. Plus it smelled delicious. “Like cupcakes!” according to my daughter.
We might have tasted it too.
And, if you get colored, pre-made frosting, you don’t need food coloring. So easy & just like the real stuff.
Clear winner: frosting & powdered sugar. Try it, my friends. Smells way better than homemade (or store-bought!) play-doh.