Monday, 25 June 2018

{RECIPE} Puppermint Patty Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

Bone shaped carob dog ice cream treats

Happy official first week of summer to our northern furfriends!  It's winter here (brrr...) but this is one of our very special prep-prepped and schedule posts for during the current moving chaos.  Puppermint patty frozen yogurt treats were one of the many frozen snacks made and eaten during our sizzling summer past. Yummy yogurt pops, happy dogs, and minty fresh(er) breath. Yes, please!



This is kind of a recipe, but more of an inspiration as there are no right or wrong precise measures - you simply mix the ingredients to suit your and your dog's preferences. easy peasy!

Puppermint Patty Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats


Brown "Chocolate" Layers: Yogurt and carob powder
Middle "Puppermint" Layer: Yogurt and mint (finely chopped fresh or a small quantity of dried)

Measure your mold capacity (see tips below) to determine the required volume of yogurt.  If your yogurt is thick or you want to lighten the treats a little, you can dilute it with water.  Split the yogurt into 1/3 and 2/3 for mixing and creating the layers. Starting with the first carob layer, spoon to fill your molds roughly 1/3 of the way, lightly tap the mold to level (if required) and freeze until firm to the touch. Add the mint layer, lightly tap the mold to level (if required) and freeze until firm to the touch. Add the final carob layer, lightly tap the mold to level (if required) and freeze thoroughly before removing from the molds.

Step-by-step making layered carob and mint frozen yogurt dog treats

Tips and Tricks:


  • Remember to go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs. If you are using a thick-style yogurt, you may find it helpful to water it down for easier mixing. 
  • Not keen on dairy?  You can experiment anything pet-safe as an alternative base, including simple water, as the base. Get creative! It's fun!
  • Most varieties of edible/culinary mints are safe for dogs in small quantities; however, don't use mint oils or flavourings as they can contain unsuitable additives. Keep the quantities small to avoid overpowering scent/flavour (and for tummy safety as with any herbs for dogs). Mint is a herb that some dogs love, some dogs hate. If your dog is the latter, you can leave it out or swap the add-ins for something they enjoy more. 
  • If your dog isn't a mint fan or you're not in a minty mood, these are just as yummy with a plain middle or as a simple all-carob frozen treat.
  • Flexible silicone molds or ice-cube trays work great for making fun little shaped treats.  If you want a precise measure of a specific mold's capacity, you can do a test pour from a measuring cup of water to measure the volume required to fill your tray. Volumes are very easily scaled, and you can customise the type and amount of flavour add-ins to suit your pet. 
  • Store and serve straight from the freezer.  These treats will melt quickly, especially in warm temperatures and can be messy while your pup is licking merrily, so these are best enjoyed from a bowl or outside.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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