Naturally Hot Pink Valentine’s Day Gummy Dog Treats

Naturally hot pink gelatin gummy dog treat recipe

Pretty? Tasty? Pretty tasty? These naturally pink dog treats are perfect for a special homemade Valentine’s Day treat. They only take a few minutes to make (plus set time) and homemade gelatin gummies are something that I love giving our boys as treats since they’re jam packed with healthy goodness. Here’s the recipe for our all natural hot pink gelatin gummy dog treats and how they’re made.

Love and Treats

Love doesn’t need to be moderated, but treats do. Even healthy delicious gummies. Yeppers, puppers! Gotta keep our doggy diets well-balanced and those spotty waistlines trim! Luckily, gummies are still high on our favourites list for sharing and our dogs favourites list for snacking. Unlike many dog treats that are just meant as special indulgences, gummies are a fun (and tasty) way for us to add supplemental gelatin to our dogs’ diets for its health benefits. Rather than just using it for a sprinkle or topper, gelatin gummies turn that supplement into treats. The dogs love them and I love being able to give them an almost guilt-free treat. Gummies are also super simple to make.  Pawfect!

And on the subject of love and treats, these Valentine’s Day gummies are just one of the many doggone great ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your dog. We have all sorts of treats, toys, and other DIYs that could be made in Valentine shapes, colours, designs, and more. You can sniff your way around using the menues, post categories, labels, or internal search to find other fun inspiration, like our easy ideas for making Valentine’s Day dog treats or pucker up with Humphrey’s giant lips squeaky stuffed dog toy. Mwaa!

Dalmatian dogs eating homemade hot pink gelatin gummy treats

Pretty and Pink

These gummies use beetroot powder as a natural colouring for dog treats. In a plain gelatin base, the beetroot would colour the mixture red, like these naturally red gummy dog treats. By adding yogurt to our base, the colour becomes a natural hot pink instead. It’s pawfect for mixing up some Valentine’s Day gummy treats. Dogs see colour differently than people, and they don’t see pink or red like we do. Still, we crazy humans can have a little fun while making and sharing special treats. These yummy gummies are just one of the many doggone delicious (and pretty) ways to make naturally pink dog treats. See our post on colourful ingredients for dog treats for more ideas.

Homemade naturally hot pink gelatin gummy dog treats

All Natural Hot Pink Gummy Dog Treat Recipe

Homemade Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats with Yogurt and Beetroot Powder

These naturally pink dog treats are made in two stages to preserve the probiotic content of the yogurt. Beneficial bacteria can’t survive high temperatures, but can rejuvenate from chilled or frozen. Whether they are all-natural or mostly natural depends on your yogurt choice. 

Treat Ingredients:

  • 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, kefir, or similar
  • 1 tsp beetroot powder (adjust quantity to suit preferences for flavour and/or colour) 

As noted above, the creaminess of the white yogurt or kefir takes these naturally pink dog treats from ravishing red to pretty pink. You can use more water/stock and less yogurt if you prefer, but you need at least enough to turn the base whitish if you’re aiming for pink. Keep the total liquid ratio at 1 cup per 3 tbsp of gelatin. Alternatively, our goat milk gummies would be a great alternative base for tinting to hot pink.

Making the Treats: 

  • 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 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. When I’m mixing powders into a gummy base, I normally prefer to measure the powder into my mixing vessel, make a paste, and then add the rest of the liquid. It’s easy mixing that way, but doesn’t give you as much tint control since you’re all in from the start. Adding it last allows you to see the colour developing for customisation, but it may be more difficult to mix without clumping. Do whatever works best for you. And, as noted above, the dogs will be happy no matter what the colour!

Dalmatian dog eating a homemade pink gummy dog treat

Gummy Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks

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.
  • Use a natural/plain product or check the labels carefully to avoid unwanted ingredients like artificial sweeteners in foods like yogurt. Xylitol (sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • If your dog is sensitive to dairy, you could use a milky white dog-safe non-dairy ingredient instead of the yogurt. Check out our other gummy recipes for alternative ideas. If it isn’t a probiotic food, you can also alter the method above to simplify prep, if you wish.
DIY naturally hot pink gelatin gummy dog treat

Hungry for more tasty treats?  There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our blog archives. You can use the category and tag labels 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.

Naturally hot pink gelatin gummy dog treat recipe

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