Monday, 21 March 2016

{RECIPE} Homemade Dog Easter Egg Carob Treats



Today's recipe is ridiculously simple, but insanely dogliscious (and cute too!).  These DIY dog Easter egg "chocolates" were made using an inexpensive Easter silicone candy mold, but you can use any mold including re-purposing a simple ice-cube tray (preferably flexible for ease of removal) or even make the treats as a "chocolate" bark and crack/cut into smaller pieces after hardening. Either way, expect to have very excited dogs circling around your kitchen. :)

Homemade Dog Easter Egg Carob Treats
  • Carob Drops/Melts
  • Smooth Peanut Butter
Measure roughly equal quantities of carob and peanut butter (see tips below) into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on medium heat, stirring to combine and melt. Carob can be tricky to melt (see tips below), but being enveloped in warm melted peanut butter really helps so stirring together is key to getting a nice melted mix without overheating things.  I find (for my ingredients and equipment) microwaving for one minute at medium and stirring thoroughly, usually does the trick but the mix can be returned for more heating if/as needed. If you are using a flexible silicon mold, you may find it handy to place it on a tray or a plate prior to filling for ease of movementSpoon the melted carob mixture into your mold, and then gently tap the filled mold on the surface of your countertop to level things out. Set in a cool room (or refrigerate) until completely set before removing from the mold.


Tips and Tricks:
  • 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 friends.
  • When using ingredients like peanut butter for dogs, go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid the artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labeled under as sweetener code 967.
  • Carob drops can be tricky to melt compared to chocolate, as the carob is usually drier/lower fat. Combining the carob with the peanut butter and gently microwaving them together (with frequent stirring breaks) can help.  Texture may vary depending on your carob, but in our experiments over the years, a roughly 50-50 mix with smooth peanut butter and carob drops will solidify into a a solid fudgey state that holds its shape well, yet can be easily broken or cut into smaller pieces.
  • 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 - perfectly normal and still delicious!
Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet. 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!



2 comments:

  1. Any suggestions for substitutes that might work instead of peanut butter for a nut-free household?

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    1. Hi Marie,

      If you are substituting, you can use any of the ingredient add-ins that you would use if melting chocolate for a candy coating (double check that they are dog safe first).

      Many commercial dog carob drops can be melted on their own if you're keen to experiment. You may prefer to use a stovetop double-boiler method for a little more monitoring and control than microwaving. I do find that even doggy carob (which typically already includes some add-ins) can get a bit grainy when melted. The peanut butter really helps with that, so although it is a bit naughty for treats (dog or human!), using a fatty add-in helps smooth things out.

      Let us know how you go - I am sure that we have other readers in nut-free homes who would be very keen to learn from your efforts. Good luck! :)

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