Adding a yogurt coating is a great way to add a bit of flair and beauty to your dog treats. If you are so inclined, you can do some very artistic things with your treats. This can really set your dog treats apart from the crowd.
There are a few ways to incorporate a yogurt coating for your treats and there is much debate (and a little bit of hype from certain marketers) about the healthiest and best way. The key here is to educate yourself about the methods and ingredients used in dog treat icing and decide for yourself the best approach.
2.Yogurt Powder in royal icing
The first way is to use yogurt chips. They are not always easy to find in stores but you can order them online at Amazon. If you really want to find them in your community, check cake decorating supply stores. If you need a bulk supplier, we can help you with that. Just use the contact form on our site.
If you choose to use yogurt chips, they (and unsweetened carob chips) are not easy to melt without Paramount crystals. They are very inexpensive and will save a lot of aggravation. Again Amazon is your best source for this product in the quantities you will need to experiment. Paramount crystals will help make the coatings smooth and thin your yogurt or for ease in dipping and coating. Use up to 1/4 c per lb of coating. Add a little at a time in the melting process, stir between each addition, until you have your desired consistency.
Yogurt icing can be colored naturally for decorating:
· For pink icing – you can use beet powder
· For green – use spinach powder
· For yellow – use turmeric
Melt your yogurt chips and add paramount crystals and colorings. Dip your treats halfway in icing, or use a pastry brush to cover, and place cookies on waxed paper to dry.
The argument against yogurt chips is that they contain sugar and fat.
The problem with this argument however, is that many of the alternative dog treat icings that have popped up in recent years are not necessarily healthier for your pet. For example, many contain artificial colors, and fillers such as maltodextrin (which is a sugar itself). If you are making dog treats with a concerted effort to avoid using sugar, then yogurt chips are not the way to go. Then again, if your goal is to make clean foods for your pets or your customers by removing the sugars and additives, no icing should be used at all. It doesn’t matter whether the ingredient is called pure cane sugar or maltodextrin, they’re both sugars. Let me reiterate, I think adding a bit of icing here and there is OK for pets in strict moderation. I just don’t buy the argument that one form of sugar is less safe than another. Maltodextrin is sugar with a Glycemic Index of 137. “To put that in perspective, a Snickers bar has a Glycemic Index of 59.”
The second approach is yogurt powder in royal icing. Again, many of the pre-made icings sold online offer so-called sugar-free options. In fact, these products often use Maltodextrin so they really aren’t sugar free and in-fact have a higher glycemic index than everyday table sugar (sucrose). Royal icing is made with meringue powder and confectioners sugar. To reduce the sugar quantity, you can cut in corn starch. Please contact us if you have further questions.