These naturally hot pink gelatin gummy dog treats are perfect for a special homemade Valentine’s Day treat. They only take a few minutes to make (plus set time) and are something that I feel great about giving to our boys as a treat since they are jam packed with healthy goodness. Here’s the recipe for our all natural pink gummies and how they’re made.
Love and Treats
Love doesn’t need to be moderated, but treats do. Even healthy delicious gummies. With gummies, however, I can feel great about sharing a few tasty treats with the boys. Unlike a lot of treats that are just meant as special snacks, I started making gummies to actively add gelatin to our dogs’ diet. Turning our supplements into treats. The dogs love them and I love being able to give them a guilt-free treat. Gummies are also super simple to make. Pawfect.
Pretty and Pink
These gummies use beetroot powder as an all natural dog treat tint. In a plain gummy base, the beetroot will tint red, like these naturally red gelatin gummy dog treats. By adding some yogurt to our base, the red becomes and all natural hot pink. Pawfect for Valentine’s Day. Dogs aren’t colour blind, but they don’t see pink or red like we do. Still, we crazy humans can have a little fun!
All Natural Hot Pink Gummy Dog Treats
- 3/4 cup cool water or pale chicken stock (or alternative dog-friendly liquid)
- 3 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
- 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 tsp beetroot powder (adjust quantity to suit preferences for flavour and/or colour)
You can use more water/stock and less yogurt if you prefer, just keep the total liquid ratio at 1 cup per 3 tbsp of gelatin. I also like to use a pan instead of a pot, as it’s easier to sprinkle the larger surface area to hydrate and bloom.
- 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.
- Remove from heat.
- Measure your yogurt into a suitable container for mixing and pouring.
- Check that your liquid temperature is below 50C (120F) to protect your probiotic content (allow to cool a little if needed), then slowly combine the prepared gelatin with the yogurt. Stir as you incrementally dilute the yogurt to avoid lumping or clumping.
- Once fully combined, add the beetroot power to tint (see notes below). Mix thoroughly.
- Pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone moulds (shapes).
- Chill to set.
Beetroot powder can be added at any time. Adding it last allows you to see the colour for customisation, but it can be more difficult to mix without clumping. I normally prefer to measure the power into my mixing vessel and then incrementally add the liquid, but that doesn’t give you tint control. Do whatever works best for you.
Depending on your beetroot powder, you may find it helpful to make a paste with a small amount of your liquid and then incrementally add the paste to create the tint. If you don’t use it all, you may have some waste (or leftovers for the dogs to help clean up). It can also help to allow the tinted mix to sit briefly for the colour to develop before a final mix and pour.
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
- 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.
- Remember to 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.
- If your dog is sensitive to dairy, you can use a milky dog-safe non-dairy ingredient instead of the yogurt. Check out our other gummy recipes for alternative ideas. If it isn’t probiotic, you can alter the method above to simplify prep, if you wish.
🦴 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.