Working With Carob to Decorate Dog Treats
I've been trying to use melted carob to decorate my cookies and have found that it melts (double boiler) for only a small amount of time then turns dry and unusable. The carob that does melt hasn't been returning too it's original state of hardness and so is very messy and gooey. My dog loves treats with carob and I would like some baking tips on its use.
I can completely relate to your frustration with using carob to decorate dog treats. It can be very tricky to work with. I know what it is like to have the whole bowl of melted carob seize up and be unusable.
Dogs really do love carob dog treats so it is totally worth the effort to make them.
To be honest, I've recently started using a dog treat icing mix to decorate treats. I'll tell you more about that in a minute, but first I'll give what pointers I can about working with carob.
- From my experience, carob has a very low melting point and if it gets too warm you are done. If using a double boiler you want to keep it very, very low.
- I have used the microwave to melt carob and had it turn out good. I literally heated it for only a few seconds at a time and gently stir until all the carob chips are melted.
- A drop or two of vegetable oil with the carob can be beneficial to getting it the right consistency, but don't go overboard with it.
In regard to the issue you had with the carob staying a gooey mess - I'm not sure what would have caused that unless there had been some liquid added to it.
There are a couple of ways you can give your dog carob treats without having to go through the trouble of melting the carob.
- You can just bake the carob chips in the treats - just like you would for a chocolate chip cookie.
- Another option is to add carob powder to your dog treat recipe.
If what you really want to do is make decorated treats then I would suggest buying a dog treat icing mix.
I avoided making decorated treats for the longest time because most everything out there to decorate them with was made with sugar and I wanted to avoid using sugar.
Fortunately, within the past couple of years dog treat icing mixes have become available - including mixes that are all natural and do not contain sugar. WooHoo!
The one I've used the most is Everything Dog Treats' Dog Treat Icing Mix.
You can purchase the the icing mix through Good Dog Express.
I believe it comes in a 16 oz bag. That will decorate a LOT of treats. Thankfully, you don't have to make them all at once. Just mix the amount of icing you need and keep the rest for another day.
Hope that helps. Cheryl