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December 9, 2013

PINSPIRED: Don't eat the yellow snow (dough)

Tonawanda News — Cloud dough is a Pinterest favorite. I see it a lot in the “kids” category, in every scent from “cotton candy” to “eucalyptus” (really), purporting to be like the commercial Moon Dough, but cheaper and easy to make at home.

They had me at “cheap.” We’ve never played with the commercial stuff here, but with only two ingredients, it seemed worth a try. I even found a particular variety that was apt for the season: Snow dough. If it could give the boys a snow fix that didn’t end with all of us cold, wet and cranky, I was all for it.

The variety of cloud dough recipes out there are also varied in their ingredients, but all have two things in common: a flour-ish substance and an oily substance. For the former, some use flour, some use cornstarch. 

On the day before Thanksgiving, when we were conducting this little Pinspired experiment, I had better things to be doing with my flour than making play dough out of it, so cornstarch it was. I had three semi-used boxes to get rid of, anyway. Cornstarch is one of those things I always forget I still have tucked in the cupboard while grocery shopping.

The latter ranges from baby oil to canola oil to hand lotion to conditioner. Beyond that, there are additives that range from glitter — for the snow dough — to food coloring to extracts and oils designed to scent the doughy stuff — but those don’t seem to be necessary.

The recipe for snow dough I chose to use called for cornstarch, baby oil — canola oil if you have kids liable to put things in their mouths; baby oil is not good to ingest — and glitter. I grudging ponied up a scant bit of iridescent embossing powder from my scrapbook stash.

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