These easy DIY Neapolitan frozen yogurt dog treats are a doggone delicious homemade summer dog treat. You can freeze them layered as shown or mix-and-match as separate flavours for faster treat preparation. Easy peasy! Here’s the recipe (although it’s more of a guide than a recipe) and how to make them.
Frozen Fun with Homemade Pupsicles
Tomorrow is the first official day of summer here (although it feels more like hot chocolate weather today), and we’re sharing a quick and cool summer treat to celebrate before we start our Christmas dog DIY and recipe posts for the season.
Frozen and chilled dog treats are some of the easiest homemade dog treats to make. Nothing needs to bake, set, rise, or gel. The cold does all the work, making it super simple to customise your own recipe. Check out our introduction to making frozen dog treats for tips, ideas, and more.
Our boys love frozen treats, especially in the summertime. Of course, every dog is different. Just like people, some dogs don’t like cold treats. If you dog doesn’t enjoy frozen goodies there are plenty of other yummy options. Other dogs love them a little too much. Highly aggressive chewers or dogs with dental issues may be better with softer options to avoid damaging their teeth.
Neapolitan Ice Cream
When I was young, Neapolitan ice cream seemed like such a fancy flavour. Although I greatly preferred the chocolate and vanilla to the strawberry. I still do! It can as a swirled ice cream in a tub, unlike the classic layered blocks of Neapolitan ice cream that were, very interesting, created as a clever marketing strategy rather than a flavour combo. Check out the history of Neapolitan ice cream for the full scoop.
These pupsicle dog treats were created in layers, like the classic blocks. It takes a little extra time to incrementally freeze and fill the blocks, but you can skip that time by carefully layering on your yogurt mixtures, marbling, or freezing the flavours separately for mix-and-match treats, if you prefer. Instead of using one of my shaped moulds, I used an oversized flexible ice cube tray to carry through the classic Neapolitan ice cream block shape and look to the completed pupsicle treats.
Neapolitan Frozen Yogurt Dog Treat Recipe
Ingredients can be easily scaled to suit your own mould (see tips and tricks below) and you can adjust the mixture measurements in any way you’d like to suit your pet and personal preferences. When the post was originally shared many years ago, I actually didn’t even specify any measurements, but I’ve since added some rough figures to help in case readers aren’t comfortable with making estimates. Measurements are indicative only for the treats as pictured and can be adjusted any way you wish. Frozen treats are so easy that way!
Neapolitan Pupsicle Dog Treats
- 1.5 cups plain yogurt or suitable alternative (see tips) divided into thirds
- 1 tbsp carob powder
- 2-3 large strawberries, mashed or pureed
If you are using a thick-style yogurt, you may find it helpful to water the mixture down for easier mixing. You can also do this if you’d like the treats to be a little lighter.
Making the Treats:
- White/Vanilla: Spoon 1/3 of your plain yogurt into your mould or ice cube tray, covering the bottom of to approximately 1/3 of the volume. Freeze until firm.
- Brown/Chocolate: Add the carob powder to 1/3 of your yogurt. Layer on top of your frozen plain layer. Freeze until firm.
- Red/Strawberry: Mash or puree strawberries and mix to combine with 1/3 of your yogurt. Layer on top of your frozen plain and chocolate layers.
- Freeze thoroughly before removing from the moulds. Transfer the completed treats to a suitable container and return to the freezer for frozen storage until use.
Pupsicle Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- See our comprehensive post on making and storing frozen dog treats for additional information on frozen and chilled homemade treats.
- Flexible silicone moulds 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 to measure the volume required to fill your tray. Volumes are very easily scaled, and you can customise the type and amount of flavour add-ins to suit your pet.
- Frozen treats will melt quickly, especially in warm temperatures and can be messy while your pup is licking merrily, so these are best enjoyed from a bowl or outside.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- 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.
- Not keen on dairy? Coconut milk, pureed dog-friendly fruit or veggies, or anything pet-safe, including simple water, can be used to create your own custom combo. Get creative! It’s fun!
Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our blog archives. You can also use use the category and tag labels above/ below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest or use our internal search tools to find something specific. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas from treats that we’ve made ourselves for our pets, but different animals have different preferences (likes/dislikes), just like people. 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.