Naturally green and gold layered gelatin gummy dog treats. Get the recipe and details on how to make these homemade St. Patrick’s Day dog gummies. Lucky dogs, indeed!
Layering Gelatin in Homemade Dog Treats
When creating layered gelatin dog treats, depending on your flavours, volumes, and ingredients, the gelatin base can be made in one batch and split, or prepared in separated batches. If splitting, the base will need to be kept warm enough not to gel before layering. Both of my layers here are the same chicken stock base, tinted and flavoured with different add-ins on a roughly 50-50 split.
Layered gummies are easy to make, but do require careful timing. New layers are added when the preceding layer has set to a gentle touch so that the liquids don’t mix, but before it has fully set and cured in order to adhere the layers. Just like making layered jelly for humans. Too soon and they will melt into each other. Too late and they may not hold together in the finished treats. Don’t worry. It all tastes the same in the end, even if you miss the mark on looks.
Scaling Volumes for Pans and Moulds
The recipe below is written for a small batch (1 cup) base. It can be scaled up or down to suit your treat making preferences. My big pan of gummies pictured in this post was made with four cups (quadruple the base recipe below). I used to freeze gummies, but since freezing can affect consistency and gummies are so simple to make, I’ve come to love just making fresh little batches for the fridge. See our introduction to making homemade gummy dog treats for handy tips and info, including scaling for mould and storage.
Naturally Green and Gold St. Patrick's Day Gummy Dog Treat Recipe
Layered Turmeric and Wheatgrass/Kale Chicken Stock Gummy Dog Treats
These gummies were made as set-and-slice treats in a pan, but can also be made in moulds as individual shaped treats. The process is the same for either method, other than slicing of course.
- 1 cup cool homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock
- 3 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp kale and/or wheatgrass powder
- Measure the water into a small pan.
- Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder.
- Wait 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. Heat can reduce the setting strength of gelatin.
- Reduce heat but keep warm enough not to gel.
Preparing the green (kale and/or wheatgrass) layer:
- Measure your kale and/or wheatgrass powder into a suitable container for mixing and pouring.
- Mix a small spoonful of the prepared liquefied gelatin with the powder to dissolve/mix with minimal lumps and clumps. Once mixed, add roughly half of your prepared gelatin base and stir to thoroughly combine. Reserve the remaining half for your gold layer.
- Pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone moulds (shapes).
- Chill to set while you prepare the next layer. As noted above, it will need to be added when the this layer has set to a gentle touch so that the liquids don’t mix, but before it has fully set and cured in order to adhere the layers.
Preparing the gold (turmeric) layer:
- Measure your turmeric powder into a suitable container for mixing and pouring.
- Mix a small spoonful of the prepared liquefied gelatin with the powder to dissolve/mix with minimal lumps and clumps. Once mixed, add in the rest of your gelatin and stir to thoroughly combine.
- Check that your existing layer is ready for pouring. Wait if/as needed.
- When ready, carefully pour over your existing layer.
- Chill to set thoroughly before removing from moulds (shapes) or slicing (pans).
Gummy Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- 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.
- These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- My dogs like the smell of plain gelatin and will happily accept plain gummies (gelatin and water), but a little tasty boost of chicken stock never goes astray. Mine is homemade. You can read more in our FAQ post on stock for making homemade dog treats.
- In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of liquid makes firm gummies. 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.
- You can adjust the add-ins to suit your preferences on colour and your pet’s preferences on scent and flavour. Don’t go too strong though! Too much powder can affect the consistency and may have settled sediment that makes it difficult for layers to hold and/or the gummies to be cleanly removed from the pan or moulds.
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of different DIY dog treats here on the blog. Woofs! 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 or dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies or intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what’s suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.