Naturally Green and Gold St. Patrick's Day Dog Gummies
Scale the basic volumes below to suit your mold or pan (see tips below if you're not sure about volume). My big pan of gummies was made with four cups, i.e. quadruple the basic recipe below. You can use more/less turmeric or wheatgrass/kale if you wish to adjust to to suit your colour preference, your dog's tastes, or for added supplementation content in the gummies.
1 cup plain homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock
3 tbsp powdered gelatin* See tips below.
1 tbsp wheatgrass (or kale) powder
1 tsp ground turmeric
Measure broth into a small saucepan. Sprinkle with gelatin powder and let sit for five minutes to bloom/gel. Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove 1/2 of the gelatin mixture to a bowl and stir through the wheatgrass powder. Pour into silicone molds (shaped gummies) or a glass pan (cut and slice). Chill until just barely firm to the touch. Stir turmeric through the remaining gelatin mixture and pour over the top. Chill until completely set.
Tips and Tricks:
- 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.
- 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, return them to the refrigerator on a plate/tray uncovered to dry for a day before normal container storage.
- If you're using shaped molds, keep them simple for easy breakage-free removal.
- These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage. If gummies are frozen, I find that freezing separately before placing into a container helps avoid sticking for easy one-at-a-time removal, and defrosting in the fridge uncovered on a plate or dishtowel helps to make sure that they thaw dry instead of getting a little slippery.
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.