Two year olds need to play in their food. It's a sensory experience. She is too young to understand a rule, or be held responsible for breaking a rule. If you really can't deal with food play, then take her food away any time she plays in it, BUT provide other sensory experiences for her then. She has a need to touch, smell, see, hear, and taste everything! She should be digging in a sand box, taking a bath, fingerpainting, and much, much more. The more you provide her with appropriate sensory play, the less she will need to play in her food.
Two year olds can't be rushed. If you need her to eat faster, then try to rearrange your schedule to allow her more time to eat.
Don't allow her to throw food - just quietly take her food away when she throws it. Wait a few minutes, then let her have the food back. Repeat. If she continues to throw it, then she is done eating.
Try finger painting with chocolate pudding or applesauce!
at 2:11 PM on Jun. 29, 2011