The best part about Easter is Lindt chocolate bunnies, right? But of course, dogs can’t eat chocolate.
Human chocolate contains the chemical theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Seasonal events like Easter and Christmas often see more chocolate stored in the home, so it’s really important to keep it out of your dogs’ reach.
But, that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the fun! There are a number of dog friendly Easter eggs available on the market – but you can also make your own dog-friendly treats, too.
All you will need is an Easter themed mould, and some carob drops. Carob is extracted from the carob bean that grows on the carob tree. It’s naturally sweet and similar to chocolate, but doesn’t contain the chemicals toxic to dogs – you’ll often find a number of pet bakeries stocking carob treats.
I got our Easter themed mould from Sainsbury’s for £5. It’s got four spaces for eggs and two bunnies, meaning you can make two whole Easter eggs, and two solid bunnies. I think it would have been good for the bunnies to be inverted so that you could fuse the two together to make one bunny, but they’re still brilliant as halves. Our carob drops were from B&M, for £2.
Carob doesn’t melt in quite the same way as chocolate, so do keep an eye on it. I burnt my first batch and it went very mousse like. I put a cup of the carob drops into a microwavable bowl, and microwaved in 10 second intervals, stirring each time. When the drops have melted and you have a smooth mix, you can spoon or pour it into your moulds. Give the mould a little shake, or a gentle bang on the table to get the mixture super flat.
This can then be popped in the fridge, and it’ll set quite quickly. I would leave it in the fridge for at least an hour before popping it out of the mould, just to make sure everything has hardened. As our mould is metal, and has no give in it, we found the best way to get the bunnies out of the moulds without breaking is to turn the mould upside down in the sink and run a little bit of warm water over the back of the mould, and they’ll slip straight out.
I love how this looks a little like a Lindt chocolate bunny, so I even tied the little red ribbon around my dog friendly versions neck, to make it look like the real deal. Of course, the mould is reusable too, so you can make carob bunnies for all your dogs’ friends for Easter too, and doorstep deliver them on your daily walk!
You will need:
- Bunny mould
- Carob drops
- Melt a cup of carob drops in the microwave in 10 second intervals, stirring in between each melt.
- Once melted, pour/spoon into moulds
- Refrigerate mould for at least an hour
- Run the mould under warm water to release the carob bunnies