Eggcellent Easter Treats
These DIY “chocolates” were made using an Easter egg shaped silicone candy mould. They’re cute and inexpensive, and versatile for making pupsicles, gummies, and other set treats too. However, the dogs don’t care about the pretty egg-shaped treats. You can use any suitably sized mould or just make a sheet of bark that can be sliced or cracked into smaller pieces after hardening. Either way, expect to have very excited dogs circling around your kitchen.
Unlike many of our semi-healthy treats, these are definitely a special naughty indulgence to enjoy in moderation. Make a small batch, store for future nibbles, or share with with you furfriends. If these are too rich for your treat preference, check out our guilt-free healthy carob gummies for an easy healthy alternative Easter treat or sniff around some of our other recipes for tasty treat ideas.
Carob vs. Chocolate
Carob is often used as a dog-friendly version of chocolate. In terms of dog-friendly cooking, carob is hands-down the way to go! Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine which is toxic to dogs. It can also contain other doggy no-nos like caffeine, sugars, or sweeteners. Holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, and Halloween when there are lots of human goodies can be very dangerous times for dogs. Always keep human treats out of reach.
Making Treats with Carob Melts and Drops
Carob drops can be tricky to melt compared to chocolate, as the carob is usually drier and lower fat. Combining the carob with a fatty add-in, like peanut butter, and gently microwaving them together (with frequent stirring breaks) can help. If peanut butter isn’t your thing, you can use a different dog-friendly add-in, like coconut oil. How much you can add will vary.
Texture may vary depending on your carob, but in our experiments over the years, we can go as high as a roughly 50-50 mix with smooth peanut butter and carob drops. It will solidify into a solid fudgey state that holds its shape well (especially if kept chilled), yet is pliant enough that the treats can be easily broken or cut into smaller pieces.
Be aware that carob drops are often sweetened, whether you are buying them from the human baking good section or specially marketed dog treats. Many are a combination of sugars and oils with carob powder, some are unsweetened carob and oil mixtures. Yogurt drops are much the same. Either way, there’s nothing wrong with an occasional special treat, but always read your ingredients to know what you’re buying and eating/sharing.
Homemade Carob and Peanut Butter Easter Egg Dog Treats
Carob Easter Egg Dog Treats with Carob Chips / Melts and Peanut Butter
There are no measurements below as the treats can be entirely scaled to suit your preference on quantity and firmness of set (how much or how little peanut butter to use). 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. Dry the mould thoroughly before making your treats.
- Carob drops or melts
- Smooth peanut butter
As noted above, coconut oil can be used instead of peanut butter if you’re peanut free or you prefer not sharing peanut butter with the dogs. You may need to chill the treats to keep them firm, depending on the quantity used and your ambient temperatures. Peanut butter and chocolate are one of my favourite human combinations, so I’ve carried it through to these carob treats. They smell great!
Making the Treats:
- Measure desired quantities of carob and peanut butter into a microwave-safe bowl. No more than 50-50 as a maximum in our experience, as per the notes above, else the carob won’t set.
- Microwave on medium heat, stirring to combine and melt. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat. Carob can be cranky…
- If you are using a flexible silicon mould, you may find it handy to place it on a tray or a plate prior to filling for ease of movement.
- Spoon the melted carob mixture into your mould, and then gently tap the filled mould on the surface of your counter top to level things out.
- Rest in a cool location (or refrigerate) until completely set before removing from the mould.
Carob can be tricky to melt, but being enveloped in warm melted peanut butter helps. Microwaving on short bursts and stirring frequently is key to getting a melted mix without overheating. I find (for my ingredients and equipment) microwaving for a total time of one minute at medium usually does the trick, but the mix can be returned for more heating if/as needed.
Recipe and Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- When using ingredients like peanut butter for dogs, take care when shopping to avoid the artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labelled as sweetener code 967.
- These treats can be refrigerated and/or frozen. Just like human chocolates (especially non-tempered), you may see a little clouding on the surface after chilling. It’s perfectly normal and still delicious.
As noted above, unlike many of our semi-healthy treats, these treats a special little naughty indulgence to enjoy in careful moderation. Don’t forget that real chocolate is toxic to dogs, so keep your human Easter treats safely out of your dog’s reach and no sharing. Happy Easter, furfriends!
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.