Wednesday, 12 August 2015

{RECIPE} Puppuccino Style Doggy Hot 'Chocolate'

It is wintertime in our part of the world, and sometimes you just need a little extra indulgence to start the day off on the right paw. For our dogs, the sound of the coffee machine signals the potential to plead (cue puppy dog eyes) for a little bit of froth or perhaps some warm milk. If you feel like spoiling your pup, then perhaps a puppuccino style hot 'chocolate' is the perfect quick treat for a chilly morning, birthday breakfast, or just because! Bonus love if you pair it with a doggy croissant or other delicious dog treat.



Puppuccino Style Doggy Hot 'Chocolate'

milk
water
carob powder

Heat and froth the milk.  Pour the majority of the milk into single serving bowls retaining some of your froth, add water to dilute and adjust temperature (serve warm, but not hot). Stir in a small amount of carob powder, top with remaining froth, sprinkle with a dash of extra carob powder and serve.  Note: Volumes vary based upon your dog and preferences. The treats pictured are approximately 1/4c milk, 1/8c water, and 1/4tsp carob powder plus sprinkles.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Froth, froth, froth. It is our dogs' favourite part. They often have these puppuccinos sans carob.
  • A little carob powder goes a long way! A tiny dash is enough to add a great hint of carob to the drinks.  If you can't get carob powder, you can melt and mix carob drops for a similar effect.
  • Different carob products may be stronger/weaker in smell and flavour. My go-to carob powder is quite potent.  Not sure about yours?  You can probably get a very good sense from the smell, but don't be shy to try a little taste taste. :)  It's pretty delicious...you might even get hooked!  Adjust quantities if/as needed to suit your supply and tastes.
  • We use low-fat lactose free milk for our dogs; however, if your dog is sensitive to dairy including lactose free options, unsweetened coconut milk or straight water may be alternatives. 
  • This can also be made and served cool if it is too warm for hot 'chocolate', or even as made a smoothie-style slushy on an extra hot day.

    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.

    Is it a really special day? Perhaps you need a doggy croissant to go with that puppuchino!

    2 comments:

    1. Where can you buy carob powder?

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      1. Hi there! If you're lucky, you will be able to find it in the baking section of your local grocery store. For many folks, self included, it isn't a grocery store item but fortunately many natural, health, organic, or bulk baking shops (local or online) will stock carob powder. Big suppliers such as Amazon sell it as well.

        I buy my unsweetened carob powder through a local organic and wholefoods supplier. It is very affordable and lasts a LONG time - it's potent stuff so a little goes a long way. I use the same carob powder for human cooking too. :) Hope that helps!

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