Drool for cool, Valenpups! With the recent hot weather here, we’re sharing a homemade strawberry and carob frozen yogurt pupsicle dog treat for any other hot dogs sizzling through summer. Sorry to those of you currently freezing your fur off in the northern hemisphere, but your pupsicle season will be back again before you know it. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so I’ve made carob and strawberry heart treats for my Dalintines. Here’s how our tasty strawberry and carob frozen yogurt dog treats were made.
Homemade Pupsicle Dog Treats
Drool for Cool
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 might 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.
Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats
Frozen and chilled dog treats are some of the easiest treats to make. Nothing needs to bake, set, rise, or gel. The cold does all the work, making it very simple to customise your own recipe. Check out our introduction to making frozen dog treats for tips, ideas, and more.
Our Valentine Heart Pupsicles
Made in the same style as our easy fresh and fruity star frozen yogurt dog treats, you (or the kids) can make these easy homemade frozen yogurt dog treats in just a few minutes, plus freezing time. Yummy strawberry? Chocolate-like dog-friendly carob? Choices choices! Why not both? And on the subject of extra treats, if things look a little different than your bookmark or pin, the photos were refreshed when we moved to the new website. The recipe is still the same. Zero complaints from the blog dogs, of course, about a repeat treat for photos.
Strawberry and Carob Frozen Yogurt Dog Treat Recipe
Ingredients can be easily scaled to suit your treat 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. Frozen treats are so easy that way! The pictured treats were made half with only strawberry and half with carob added to the strawberry mixture. Carob frozen yogurt is great on it’s own, too, but I had extra strawberries to use up when I was making these treats. Any our boys love berries!
Strawberry and/or Carob Pupsicles
- Strawberries (fresh or thawed from frozen), mashed or pureed
- Carob powder
- Plain dog-safe yogurt or kefir
Making the Treats:
If you’d like the flavours separate, prepare yogurt mixtures in individual bowls or containers. If you’re including strawberries in the carob pupsicles, you can start with strawberry and then mix in the carob with your remaining strawberry yogurt mixture.
- Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix to thoroughly combine.
- Pour or spoon into a silicon mould or suitable substitute.
- 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
- Flexible silicone moulds or ice-cube trays work great for making shaped treats. If you want to check a specific mould’s capacity, you can do a test pour from a measuring cup of water to check the volume required. Frozen treat ingredients are easily scaled or customised.
- See our comprehensive post on making and storing frozen dog treats for additional information, if needed.
- Frozen treats melt quickly, especially in warm temperatures. Things can also get messy while your pup is licking merrily, especially for slow eaters. You might like to serve pupsicles from a bowl and/or enjoy them outdoors.
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? Leave it out or swap it for another ingredient you and your pup enjoy. Coconut milk, pureed dog-friendly fruits or veggies, unseasoned stock, or anything pet-safe including plain water, can be used to create your own custom combo.
Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of different DIY dog treats here on the blog. Woofs! 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.