Tuesday, 13 December 2016

{RECIPE} Golden Gummy Stars + Coconut Oil Snowmen

Dog Treat Recipes - Golden Gummy Stars with Turmeric

These golden gummy star treats are ridiculous easy to make, healthy, and our dogs are wild for them. What's not to love? We'll definitely be making these again!  This treat is a very simple twist on my basic chicken stock gummies, using turmeric to infuse the gummies with a lovely natural golden colour (and extra healthy goodness).  Flecks in the mixture naturally settle during setting to create golden topped stars on a jiggly translucent gold base. If you usually supplement with a turmeric and coconut oil combo, why not whip up an easy coconut oil treat to go with your gummies? All those lovely snowmen, snowflakes, and other festive wintry shapes are perfect for a bright white frozen coconut oil treat.  We gave our snowmen little carob top hats, just for fun and added flavour. :)

Dog Treat Recipes - Golden Gummy Stars with Turmeric

Naturally Golden Gummy Star Dog Treats

1 cup plain homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock
3 tbsp powdered gelatin* See tips below.
1 tsp ground turmeric
Sprinkle of ground black pepper (optional)

Scale volumes to suit your molds. You can use more turmeric if you wish to increase supplementation content in the gummies.  Measure broth into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.  Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat, as this can reduce the setting strength of your gelatin.  Sir through the turmeric.  Remove from heat and pour into silicone molds (shaped gummies) or a glass pan (cut and slice). Chill to set thoroughly before removing from the molds.  
Dog Treat Recipes - Golden Gummy Stars with Turmeric

Tips and Tricks:
  • If you're using shaped molds, keep them simple for easy breakage-free removal. 
  • Remember, turmeric stains, so pick your cookware with care, clean-up any spills quickly, and keep stain-awareness in mind when giving treats.
  • My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. It can be VERY hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock, but it's VERY easy to make your own doggy stock while cooking or just simmer a few leftover bones and/or veggies.  
  • In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of stock (which is already a little thick au natural) makes firm gummies, but if you prefer, you can use more gelatin for added supplementation or less for a jigglier jelly treat with lower gelatin content. When working with other liquids, I often use up to 4 tbsp. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger/weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog.
  • If you're using shaped pans, keep them simple for easy breakage-free removal. I find that flexible molds work best as stiff molds can be tricky for removal. Supple silicon molds are tricky to move when full of liquid, so place of a portable surface to help you get things into the fridge without mess and stress.
  • Once set, they are now ready to eat, but for an even better "real" gummy texture/feel, after you have taken the treats out of the mold (or cut into pieces from your pan), return them to the refrigerator on a plate/tray uncovered to dry for a day before normal container storage.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although this can affect consistency. If gummies are frozen, I find that defrosting in the fridge uncovered on a plate or dishtowel helps to make sure that they thaw semi-dry instead of getting a little slippery. Freezing causes gelatin to separate which tends to bleed out some liquid content in addition to condensation factors. 
Dog Treat Recipes - Coconut Oil Snowmen

Frozen Snowman Carob Topped Coconut Oil Dog Treats
Coconut oil
Carob drops/melts (optional)
Peanut butter and/or coconut oil (optional)

Scale volumes to suit your molds.  If you are using carob to create accents for looks and/or flavour, pre-chill your molds. Melt the carob together with a little smooth peanut butter and/or coconut oil to help the carob melt smoothly. Using a small squeeze bottle or clean paintbrush, apply to the molds (layering to build up if needed) and chill to set firmly before adding coconut oil.  Melt the coconut oil until its just barely liquid and fill your molds. Freeze to set firmly before removing from the molds.

Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats are best kept frozen, although they will stay firm at cool temperatures in a refrigerator.
  • Go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in peanut butter for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
Dog Treat Recipes - Coconut Oil Snowmen

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

We have a Christmas post for you every weekday between now and the start of our offline holidays, with toys, decorations, treats, and more so stay tuned! We'll see you again tomorrow for our final pre-holiday post, furfriends!

Dog Treat Recipes - Golden Gummy Stars + Coconut Oil Snowmen


  1. Hello!

    Just to start of I am in LOVE with this site! I was wondering if you could use Kefir instead of yogurt? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi there! Thanks for much for the lovely compliment. :)

      I think you might have accidentally commented on a different post than you were wondering about as these treats don't include yogurt in their ingredients, but to answer the question in general terms, yes you can swap kefir for yogurt in most of our recipes - sometimes I use it myself! :)

      Most kefirs are thinner, so you may need to adjust your quantities a little. In particular, watch out for the recipes were the ingredients list thick-style yogurt as you might need to use a more flour or experiment with straining your kefir, but there are always variations with individual choice of ingredients and/or optional add-ins hence the approximate measures on flour.

      Good luck! :)


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