Monday, 4 March 2019
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"Gold Dust" St. Patrick's Day Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

This little gummy is a just-for-fun adaptation of our simple green gummy treats that takes advantage of the way turmeric powder tends to partially settle in gummy treats to create a dusting of golden flecks. 

Dalmatian dog staring at a green and gold gelatin gummy dog treat

I've seen this speckling many times in our gummy turmeric treats, but inadvertently discovered the fun potential of using as it as a special effect whilst experimenting colour combinations for tinting, and decided to use it here to create a speckled St. Patrick's Day inspired gold-dusted gummy treat.

Green and gold gelatin gummy dog treats

To experiment with your own, simply create a green gummy base (our kale or wheatgrass recipes would well) and add a little turmeric powder before pouring into your molds. The turmeric does add tint to the green in addition to the settled flecks, so use it sparingly else the green will muddy towards brown (still delicious). 

Since we want the larger pieces to precipitate down and settle at the bottom of the mold (face of the treats), unlike many of our other gummies where we cool the mix to improve suspension, the gelatin mixture can be poured straight into the molds and then chilled to set.

The pictured gummies use a blend of kale and wheatgrass in plain water, with just a little bit of turmeric for my gold dust and I also added a sprinkle of black pepper, since I like to combine that with turmeric to help boots the benefits. They are a darker shade than our usual green gummies, sitting between a green and a brown, but still distinctly green in appearance, with a light dusting of gold.  If you'd prefer to avoid a colour shift in the main gummy, you can create a similar effect in a layered treat by dusting the molds, or by mixing only portion of the gelatin mixture with turmeric and pouring as two layers with partial set-time in before the second layer is added. Buuuuttt, the dogs don't care (or see the difference), so one pour with a deeper colour is a-ok by us!

Dalmatian dog eating a green and gold gelatin gummy dog treat

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2 comments:

  1. This is my first time commenting, but I love your blog! I made these today for my chocolate lab. She was hesitant with the first one but was quickly begging for more! I had good results by sprinkling my molds with turmeric before pouring in the gelatin mixture (which I used wheatgrass juice to flavor and color.) Thanks for the recipe and ideas! Happy St Patty’s Day!

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    1. Yay! Sprinkling works very nicely, especially if you fill carefully. Depending on the quantity/powder, it can be helpful to get the surface of the mold wet with a little gelatin first (brush on or pour a small layer) so that the powder is well and truly stuck into the gummy. :)

      Gummies are one of those "what the heck is this jiggly squishy thing" type of treats that dogs can find a little weird. The first gummies I made were just concentrated bone broth so our dogs were straight in without hesitation and have been gummy fiends ever since...even if their crazy human likes mixing weird flavours. Haha!

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