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{RECIPE} Beetroot + Gelatin Red Gummy Heart Dog Treats

Naturally red thanks to the addition of delicious nutritious beetroot powder and full of gelatin goodness - yum! 

Homemade red gummy heart Valentine's Day dog treats


These mini hearts are smaller than my usual gummy treats, but are a great example of how easy it is to scale any recipe to suit the size of you pet. No complaints from the taste testers here as the smaller the treat the more guilt-free giving...haha! The mold was a present for Momma from Santa Paws, and makes the cutest little hearts - I couldn't resist trying it out.  I can't wait to use it for carob!  Our pictured treats are often larger as our dogs are big boys, but you can bake anything smaller or break/cut into little bite-sized pieces.  Doggy chocolates and gummies are harder to break, so its easier to buy a mold that suits your pet and make them to scale.

Dalmatian dog begging for a Valentine's Day dog treat


Beetroot + Gelatin Naturally Red Gummy Heart Dog Treats

1 cup cold water or unseasoned chicken stock (see tips below)
1/2 tsp beetroot powder (use more/less as as you wish for colour preference and taste)
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder

Measure water into a small saucepan and stir in the beetroot powder.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.  Remove from heat.  Pour into your mold(s). Chill to set fully before removing from molds.

DIY red gummy heart Valentine's Day dog treats, step-by-step how to make

Tips and Tricks:
  • My dogs like the smell of "plain" and will happily accept plain gummies (gelatin and water), but a little tasty boost of chicken stock never goes astray. :) In experimenting with volumes, adding clear/strained stock works best to keep the gummies transparent, if you want them to be clear. Cloudy is fine as well, just a bit different than the pictured treats.   Light stocks work better than dark stocks for tinting, as the stock can have a significant affect the colour. 
  • These are firm gummies, since I like to supplement my dogs with gelatin, especially my senior.  If you prefer, you can use less gelatin for a jigglier jelly treat. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger/weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency.  
  • See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade gelatin gummy dog treats for additional information about making gummy treats including helpful gummy making tips, troubleshooting, and safe treat storage. 
 
Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, explore from our DIY Dog Treat Recipes navigation page search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest.  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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