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{RECIPE} Watermelon Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

Hand holding bone-shaped watermelon gelatin gummy dog treat over a table of treats

We've been in toyland for the past few weeks with the first of our FAQ mini-series posts all about troubleshooting, tips, and tricks for DIY dog tug toys, but we haven't forgotten that our northern friends are about to celebrate their first day of summer! We're so doggone jealous of your sunshine and warmer weather as we nest through the chilly wet dark days of winter here in NZ, but we know the roles will soon be reversed.  These yummy summer gummies are perfect as cool refrigerator treats or portable picnic goodies. Made with doggone delicious watermelon, the humans might even want to share!

If you're surprised by the deep pinky-orange colour of my treats, I was too! These were made with homegrown watermelon from our garden (whoot whoot!) and the flesh was very different to the paler pinky watermelons. It still smelled and tasted like "normal" watermelon, though! I've since learned that watermelons come in a whole variety of shades: yellow-white, yellow, orange, pink, and red. Nifty. Colour and opacity will also be influenced by whether the puree is diluted (see note below) and, if so, what is added. 

Dalmatian dog begging for a bone shaped watermelon gummy dog treat

You can buy or harvest watermelon especially to make these treats, but this is also a great way to use up leftover or excess melon. Less waste, more yum! It is also easy to adjust the flavour and/or richness of the treats by using a watermelon mixture as the base instead of just pureed fruit.

When I started making these gummies, I had been planning to dilute the watermelon puree; however, my watermelon pureed into such a watery juice that it didn't need added liquid. Since my dogs love fruit (and were circling like sharks around me whilst I was prepping the melon), plain water would be an easy way to dilute the fruit and would keep these gummies palatable for people too, if you wish! That said, something like unsalted chicken stock with watermelon would be even more doggone delicious!

Step-by-step recipe for making gelatin gummy dog treats with pureed watermelon

{RECIPE} Watermelon Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats


1 cup cool pureed watermelon or watermelon mixture (see note above)
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder

Remove rind and seeds from watermelon before preparing. Measure your pureed watermelon (or watermelon mixture) into a suitable pot/pan. Tip: 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. Tip: Allow to cool slightly (optional) if you have any little melon pieces that you'd prefer to keep suspended in the set gummy instead of sinking/floating. Spoon/pour the finished gelatin mixture into your molds before the liquid starts to set.  Chill to set fully before removing from molds.  

Tips and Tricks:
  • In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of liquid 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. 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 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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