Marbled Christmas Pupsicle Dog Treats

Colourful bone shaped frozen yogurt Christmas pupsicle dog treats

We’re feeling festive and frosty, furfriends! These naturally coloured marbled frozen yogurt Christmas pupsicle dog treats are pawfect for keeping cool during sizzling summer celebrations. That’s right. While our norther furfriends might feel more like lapping a hot dogolate or nesting into an ugly Christmas sweater, our southern hemisphere New Zealand festivities can often be down right roasty toasty. Frozen pupsicle treats are a droolworthy summer snack, and adding natural colours makes these simple Christmas dog treats look extra special. Here’s how to make marbled Christmas pupsicles using simple natural colouring ingredients for extra festive fun.  

Drool for Cool

Before we start mixing things up, a little reminder to make sure frozen treats are suitable for your specific pup. Our boys have always loved frozen treats, especially in the summertime. But every dog is different. Just like people, some dogs don’t like cold treats.If your dog doesn’t enjoy frozen goodies, that’s cool too. There are plenty of other tasty treat ideas in our recipe collection. And as a extra note of caution for pupsicles (and other hard treats), vigorous chompers or doggos with dental issues may be better suited for softer treats to avoid accidently damaging teeth or triggering an existing sensitivity with the cold. If pupsicles are a-ok, then drool your way onwards for the DIY details!

Colourful Christmas Dog Treats

Adding pretty shapes and colours to holiday treats is more for the humans giving them than for the dogs receiving them. Dogs see colours differently, plus smell and taste are always way more important treat factors for our furfriends. But it’s still fun for us! Using healthy naturally coloured ingredients is a great option and, as an added bonus, many dog-friendly natural food colourings have yummy scents and flavours, too. You could make or bake treats in a single Christmas colour, or create a whole mix-and-match of colours like our small-batch naturally coloured Christmas gummy dog treats. In some types of treats, you can also combine colours (and flavours) by layering, like our Neapolitan frozen yogurt dog treats, or marble a colourful combo like marbled biscuits or the marbled Christmas pupsicle treats we’re making here. 

Pupsicle Recipes and Options

Any dog-friendly liquid or puree can be used to make pupsicles. With frozen dog treats the cold does all the work, so it’s easy to customise recipes and create combinations. You can sniff around our introduction to making frozen dog treats for tips and ideas. If you’re tinting the pupsicles in a variety of colours, as shown, you’ll want to use a pale or white base. The pictured pupsicles were made with natural greek yogurt, but I think something like our apple pie pupsicle recipe would also be a simple and delicious option. When using colouring ingredients in a base, white will tip the colours into more pastel shades, but the pinkish red and green in these bones still looks very festive. If you’re making separate colours, there are lots of tasty fruits and veggies that can be mixed to create colours on their own or boosted with add-ins.

Pups vs. Peeps

Want to make Christmas popsicles for people instead? You can use the techniques below to make treats for people, or even treats that you can share! You’ll want to be careful with your choices of base ingredients, colourings, and any extra liquids though. Even if our ingredients are all human grade, not all flavours have the same scent and flavour appeal for both pups and peeps! If you’re sharing, you might prefer to go with fruity flavours for palatability and also a bit of natural sweetness. Strawberry and kiwi would be pretty tasty Christmas options, I think!

Prefer something sweeter? That’s not recommended for the pups, but you deserve a few treats, too! If you’re not sharing your snacks, you can adapt the techniques used below to an alternative popsicle recipe. If you’re using a standard upright popsicle mould (fills top to bottom), you might find layering colours easier than marbelling, but you could always give it a try! If you’re filling a sideways popsicle mould, the dollop method works to create a multi-coloured look, just like these pupsicles. 

Plate of pretty frozen yogurt Christmas dog treats

Making Marbled Christmas Pupsicle Dog Treats

Naturally Coloured Marbled Frozen Yogurt Christmas Dog Treats

Pupsicles don’t require specific measurements, so your ingredients can be easily customised and adjusted to suit your mould (see tips and tricks below) and your pup’s preferences. New to treat making and need a little extra help? Looking for ideas on different ingredients and combos? See our pet chef help section for a handy introduction to making frozen dog treats.

Treat Ingredients:

  • Plain yogurt, kefir, or suitable dog-friendly alternative base liquid or puree
  • Dog-friendly food colouring ingredients. I used spirulina powder (green), beetroot powder (red), and plain yogurt (white) for colours while making these marbled Christmas pupsicle treats. 
  • Optional: Water, stock, or other dog-friendly liquid(s) to dilute.

When making pupsicles, diluting thick mixtures can make pouring/filling easier and/or lighten up the treat calories. But, for making marbled pupsicles, I like to start with thick mixtures (like the thick greek yogurt and colourings here) and then dilute the mixtures a little for the final fillings. The thick dollops create distinct colours and the diluted additions fill in the gaps. I’ll talk more about that in the instructions below.

I used spirulina powder (green) and beetroot powder (red) to create my colours. I was going to harvest some berries from our garden to puree into the red, but Humphrey and his visiting furfriends had raided everything. Rascals! I managed to find two little berries to mash in with a tiny splash of plain cherry juice for extra scent and flavour, but just plain yogurt or kefir are some of our simple favs for pupsicles.

 Making the Treats: 

  • Combine the ingredients for each individual colour in separate bowls. Mix well. Don’t add an extra liquids to dilute the mixtures at this stage, unless necessary. As explained above, when making marbled pupsicles, I like to start thick. A bit of thickness will help to keep the initial blobs and dollops of the different yogurt mixtures apart so that you can create a more distinct marble of different colours.
  • If you’re using a flexible silicon mould, place it on a portable solid surface of some sort before filling. I like to use a cutting board. This makes it easy to transport and place in the freezer. It’s also perfect for tapping the filled mould before freezing (see below).   
  • Incrementally spoon the mixtures into your mould(s). Try to spread the dollops apart and create distinct blobs of colour, especially on the base and sides. I like to rotate between mixtures, adding a bit of one colour to each cavity in the mould, then the next colour, and slowly build things up. For the final few additions, I dilute what’s left of my mixtures to help make sure it fills and seeps everywhere. 
  • Optional: Using a knife or skewer, give your filled moulds a little swirl for extra style. Take care not to accidently damage your mould.  
  • Gently tap the mould (with the solid surface) on the counter to help fill any hidden voids and level off the upper surface of the mixture.
  • Freeze thoroughly before removing from the moulds. Transfer the treats to a suitable container and return to the freezer until serving. 
Step-by-step making marbled frozen yogurt dog treats

Pupsicle Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks

  • Flexible silicone food moulds (affiliate link) or ice-cube trays work great for making fun little shaped treats. If you want a precise measure of a specific mould’s capacity, you can do a test pour from a measuring cup of water. 
  • See my messy container in the last picture in the collage above? As much as I like having things in neat stacks, leaving pupsicles offset or a bit loose in their container makes it easier to pop them free one at at time for future snacking. Stacks are more prone to sticking.
  • Frozen treats will melt quickly, especially in warm temperatures and can be messy while your pup is licking merrily. You might prefer to serve pupsicles with a bowl or outdoors, especially where tints are involved! This is also handy if you want to soften the pupsicles up a little before serving instead of giving your dog a fully firm pupsicle treat straight from the freezer.
  • As always, moderation, furfriends! No, those are not all going straight to Humphrey. Haha! Humphrey had playdate guests when I was taking these photographs, and each got a treat outside before the rest went into the freezer. You can see our pal Cooper’s black legs in the background of the photo below and their other golden furfriend was sitting very near just out of frame. 
  • See our comprehensive post on making and storing frozen and chilled dog treats for additional info and tips.

Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks

  • Check the ingredients carefully when shopping for dog treat ingredients or foods for sharing. Be particularly careful to avoid unwanted ingredients, like sugars or artificial sweeteners. Xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • Have a lactose senstitive pup? Any dog-friendly puree or liquid can be used for making your own custom pupsicle mixtures, no recipes required! How simple is that? As noted in the post above, pupsicles are really easy for ingredient substitions and adjustments. 
  • Looking for different holiday colours? It’s easy to swap the tinting ingredients to create different colour and/or flavour combos. See our post on natural food colourings for dog treats for alternative tinting ideas.
Dalmatian dog looking at plate of ice cream dog treats

Happy Howlidays, Furfriends!

Christmas is almost here! This is our final post for 2022, but we’ll be back again in the new year with tons more DIY dog fun! We’ll be checking in on our social media during the holidays, too. Give us a follow, if you’re not already one of our social gang. Keep an eye out for holiday posts, pics, and behind the scenes stories. Merry barkmas and happy howlidays to all!

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.

How to make marbled frozen yogurt Christmas pupsicle dog treats
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