Frozen Fun with Homemade Pupsicles
Happy official first week of summer to our northern furfriends! It’s winter here (brrr…) but this is one of our very pre-prepped and schedule posts for during our current moving chaos. These carob and mint frozen yogurt dog treats were made and eaten during our sizzling summer.
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.
Puppermint Patty Carob and Mint Frozen Yogurt Dog Treat Recipe
This is kind of a recipe, but more of an inspiration. There are no right or wrong precise measures with pupsicles. You simply mix the ingredients to suit your and your dog’s preferences. If your dog isn’t a mint fan or you’re not in a minty mood, these are just as yummy with a plain middle or as a simple all-carob frozen treat. 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.
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. 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!
Homemade Layered Puppermint Patty Pupsicle Dog Treats
The pictured carob and mint frozen yogurt dog treats were layered in three steps, sandwiching the mint between the carob like a puppermint patty. You can skip the layering and mix everything together for faster treat preparation, if you prefer. Easy peasy! Layered instructions are below.
- 1.5 cups plain yogurt, kefir, or suitable alternative (see tips) divided into thirds
- 2 tbsp carob powder
- Sprinkle of dried mint or finely chopped fresh mint
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:
- Divide your yogurt into rough thirds (1/3 mint and 2/3 chocolate, divided after mixing)
- Add the carob powder to 2/3 of your yogurt.
- Spoon approximately 1/2 of the carob mixture (1/3 of the total yogurt) into your mould. Retain the other third for after the mint layer.
- Mix the mint with the 1/3 plain yogurt. Layer on top of your frozen carob layer. Freeze until firm.
- Layer the remaining carob yogurt mixture on top of your frozen carob and mint 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.
It takes a little extra time to incrementally freeze and fill the moulds for a layered puppermint patty look, but the dogs don’t care about looks. You can skip that time by carefully layering on your yogurt mixtures and/or marbling. Or just mix it all together as noted above. It all tastes the same in the end!
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.
- Store and serve straight from the freezer. 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!
- Most varieties of edible culinary mints are safe for dogs in small quantities; however, don’t use mint oils or flavourings as they can contain unsuitable additives. Keep the quantities small to avoid and overpowering scent and flavour (and for tummy safety as with any herbs for dogs). Mint is a herb that some dogs love, some dogs hate. If your dog is the latter, you can leave it out or swap the add-ins for something they enjoy more.
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.