Monday, 8 April 2019
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{RECIPE} Stained Glass Yogurt Gummy Easter Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog staring at a colourful gelatin gummy dog treat

Anyone else remember stained glass Jell-o jigglers from childhood? Here's my dogified version made with yummy yogurt, healthy gelatin, and colourful add-ins. Because I simply can't resist doing these crazy things. Haha!  The dogs totally don't care about the colours, but they do love gummies!

Like last week's pastel pupsicle dog treats, these are made using natural tints in a milky white base to create  a variety of pastel shades for Easter. The same techniques can be applied to other colours for different holidays, events, etc. Swap the creamy white yogurt for a plainer clear gelatin base (water, diluted pale stock, etc.) if you'd like the colours to be transparent and/or more vivid.  

There is absolutely nothing difficult or fancy about creating these treats, just some extra time for doubling the the prep stages and setting of the gelatin mixtures. If you'd rather a single simpler step (or prefer moulded shapes), you can skip the stained glass in favour for pastel Easter gummies by using the coloured "glass" gummy mix to create a batch of pastel gummies, similar to the Easter pupsicles. Easy peasy.

Homemade pastel multicoloured "stained glass" gelatin gummy dog treats

Stained Glass Yogurt Gummy Easter Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

Coloured "Glass" Pieces:
3/4 cup cold water or low sodium stock
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder
1/4 cup plain yogurt
Optional Colours/Tints (e.g. Turmeric Powder, Spirulina Powder, Beetroot Powder, and/or more)

My ongoing efforts at creating a natural blue-ish shade are still a work in progress, and I used a drop of blue colouring to perk up my blue. Just skip in favour of the other pastels it if you'd like to keep things all natural. 

White Surround:
3/4 cup cold water or low sodium stock
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder
1/4 cup plain yogurt

Step-by-step instructions for making multicoloured "stained glass" gelatin gummy dog treats

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Beginning with the coloured gelatin for the "glass" pieces, measure cold water/stock into a suitable pot/pan. I like using a pan instead of a pot when prepping gummies. More surface area makes for easier blooming. Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.  Place your bloomed gelatin pan on the stove and 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. Check that your liquid temperature is below 50C (120F) to protect your probiotic content (allow to cool a little if needed) before adding yogurt. Tip: It helps to add the gelatin slowly to the yogurt, mixing incrementally as you go, to avoid lumping - especially if you have a thick yogurt.  

Divide the base into small containers and mixing in your different colourings/tints. See our archives for more details on making multi-coloured/flavoured small batch gummy treats if needed.  Once happy with your tinted mixes, refrigerate and allow the coloured gelatin mixtures to set thoroughly for several hours (or overnight).

When ready to prepare the white gelatin for the surround, repeat the same prep as for the white base created for tinting. See above for detailed notes and tips.  Measure cold water/stock into a suitable pot/pan. Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.  Place your bloomed gelatin pan on the stove and gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Check temperature before mixing with yogurt. Allow the mixture to cool further to room temperature but it is still warm enough to be liquid. Tip: This is important, as warm gelatin will melt your "glass" pieces. When I first tried stained glass some time ago, I didn't let the covering liquid cool enough and ended up with a muddled rainbow swirl. Rather cool, really, but not the intention!

While you are waiting for your white surround to cool, prepare the coloured "glass" pieces by cutting up your set coloured gelatin into pieces. Smallish pieces will allow a larger variety and distribution of colour, but don't go too tiny. Place in a suitable container and make sure the different colours are mixed about. Tip: Since the stained glass effect looks niftiest along cuts, I'm using a small deep container. and my  finished gummies will be sliced half as thick as that depth, so there will be more visible cut glass in the finished treats.  

Pour the cooled white gelatin surround mixture into the container over the cut coloured glass pieces.  Gently tap or swirl if/as needed to make sure that there are no air pockets trapped between the coloured pieces and that the coloured pieces are all covered into the white surround. Refrigerate to set thoroughly before slicing into bite-sized treats. Refrigerate the cut treats for storage, and enjoy in moderation. 

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 your dog is sensitive to dairy, you can use an alternative ingredient such as lactose-free milk or coconut milk to turn your base white.
  • These are firm gummies.  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 this 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 explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, 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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