Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cooking with the Dog - Christmas Pup Pops

These treats are a snap to make and will be a big hit with your furry bestie.  They are so simple! This is a perfect pup pressie for the kids to help with, as long as you don't mind a little bit of mess in the kitchen.  Besides, I am sure that your pup will be happy to help with clean-up duty!

To make your own small-batch of dipped treats like the ones shown, you will need the following ingredients/materials, and you can easily scale the coating ingredients to make more if you wish. 
  • approximately six standard (big button sized) carob drops
  • approximately 2 tbsp (roughly equal amount to carob) peanut butter, preferably smooth
  • chopped peanuts
  • red and green food colouring
  • rawhide sticks or similar (see note)
  • waxed paper or bakers paper on a refrigerator-friendly plate 
Dye peanuts with food colouring and spread to dry while you prepare the carob for dipping. Roughly chop carob drops and combine with peanut butter. Carob can be difficult to melt compared to chocolate -  it's usually drier/lower fat, so mixing with with something like peanut butter helps with melting into a smooth dip.  Individual carob and peanut butters may vary, but in my experiences to date equal roughly equal measures set to a firm fudgey solid texture. You can use a little less if you want a harder set or swap in a little coconut oil if you need a runnier liquid. Melt using a double boiler, or microwave on medium heat, stirring every 30 seconds until combined.  Slather onto rawhide sticks (or alternate treats - see note), roll in peanuts, and refrigerate to set.  Serve as individual special treats, with a heaping side of love. :)

Note: In the years since writing the post, we have weaned from rawhide treats by personal choice.  If you and your dog are rawhide fans then go for it, but this dipping method works equally well when used with biscuits and other treats, so adapt it to suit your preferences. We particularly like dipping and sprinkling big dog "cookie" style biscuits (bought or homemade).  See an example here!

Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.  Not a fan of food colouring?  Nuts au natural, coconut, or crushed dog biscuits all make great alternatives.  Incidentally, no matter what recipe you choose, I don't think that you will have any complaints from your pup nor will you have any problems getting help with the dishes!   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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

NEWS! For tons of fresh new doggy DIY ideas and homemade pet recipes, head to our new partner blog Dalmatian DIY (http://dalmatiandiy.blogspot.com) and be sure to like/follow for all the latest pawesome ideas!


Clockwise from upper left: Frozen Yogurt Ice Pops, "Mistletoe" Mini Meatballs, Colourful Christmas Cookies, Carob and Coconut Kisses, Carob Dipped Treats with Peanut Sprinkles, Puppuccino Dog Hot Chocolate, Beetroot and Beef Treats, Snowball Dog Truffle Treats. Don't miss out on the free printable dog Christmas gift tags and labels or our pawesome instructions for making a treat wreath!



  1. Just discovered your Christmas Pup Pops - they look gorgeous! Will definitely be making these for the doggies in our family (a senior Cocker Spaniel, a middle aged Staffy, a Staffy puppy, plus a friends Dingo).

    Thank you.

    1. Thanks, Lynn! :) They are super simple to make, and easy to adapt if needed. I hope that your dogs and dog friends enjoy their holiday treats!

      PS: Our dogs recently got their own blogging space at Dalmatian DIY that's all about DIY for dogs, including a growing collection of fun treat recipes if you are ever looking for more ideas. :)


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