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Puppuccino Recipe (5 Ways!)

The puppuccino is the ultimate first in the list of firsts for a puppy. It is adorable, simple, and allows you to share a favorite part of your day with your beloved pup. So here’s how to make pup cups…5 ways!

Whipped cream in a mini red starbucks cups.

If you have never heard of a puppuccino, then let me tell you – you are missing out! Ok, well, your dog is. The puppuccino ingredients are whipped cream served in an adorable little cup with a dog bone treat on the side. I mean, how cute is that?!

On most road trips, Rhubarb and I make our way to Starbucks at some point or another. She used to be anxious as we pulled up to the drive-through, but the more times we went and the more puppuccinos she had the better it got.

While part of the fun of these is going to Starbucks and the puppuccino cost is typically free, they are also incredibly easy to make at home! It is also easier to control the portion size for your dog. This is important because dairy (whipped cream) should be given in moderation to your pup.

So let’s get to making a classic puppuccino recipe and some fun variations!

Collage of different flavors of pup cups

Classic Whipped Cream Pup Cup Recipe

This is the classic puppuccino Starbucks serves. All you need is whip cream and a small serving dish.

  1. Fill a small dish with plain whipped cream (no artificial sugars, which can be harmful to dogs).
  2. Serve and be your dog’s best best friend!
A plain pup cup of whipped cream in a green mini starbucks cup.

Strawberries and Cream Pup Cup

Now that we know how to make the classic, we can get a little wild.

  1. Add the whipped cream to a dish.
  2. Top with a sliced strawberry and serve! Fun fact – the whole strawberry is edible for dogs (fruit AND green leaves).
Strawberries and cream pup cu with whip cream and a strawberry.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Pup Cup

No dog should have to endure fall without a PSL (pumpkin spice latte). Plus, pumpkin is great for digestion and cinnamon helps boost immunity.

  1. Fill a dish half with whipped cream.
  2. Fill the other half with unsweetened pumpkin and top with a dash of ground cinnamon.
Pumpkin Spice Latte pup cup with whipped cream, pumpkin, and cinnamon in a starbucks cup.

Gingerbread Pup Cup

Did you know your dog can enjoy and benefit from ginger? Yup! They can benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants just like humans can. And it is even more fun to serve it as a gingerbread latte pup cup.

  1. Add whipped cream, oats, ground ginger, and cinnamon to a small dish.
  2. Serve!
Gingerbread pup cup with oats, ginger, and whipped cream.

PB&J Pup Cup

This one is a classic summer treat. PB and J for the kids and PB and J for the dog. I like to use blueberries, but you could use any berries that are safe for dogs. (We’re using fresh berries as the “jelly” because dogs don’t need all that extra sugar.)

  1. Add whipped cream, unsweetened peanut butter, and blueberries to a dish.
  2. Serve!
Pb and J pup cup with whipped cream, blueberries, and peanut butter.

Are Puppuccinos Safe For Dogs?

Puppuccinos are safe in small quantities. Dairy, in general, can upset a dog’s stomach so it should only be given in moderation. But, as long as you are only giving your dog a single pup cup and always use unsweetened and Xylitol-free peanut butter, pumpkin, or other add-ins, they are safe for your pup. As always, be sure to keep treats to less than 10% of your dog’s daily calories.

The peanut butter and jelly pup cup over head with a sneaky dog nose trying to steal it.
Collage of different flavors pf pup cups

Puppuccino Recipe (5 Flavors!)

Yield: 1 pup cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This puppuccino recipe is a tasty way to share a favorite part of your day with your pup. So here's how to make pup cups in 5 flavors!

Materials

  • Traditional Pup Cup: whipped cream
  • Pumpkin Spice Pup Cup: whipped cream, pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon
  • Gingerbread Pup Cup: whipped cream, rolled oats, fresh or ground ginger
  • Strawberry Pup Cup: whipped cream, fresh strawberries
  • PB&J Pup Cup: whipped cream, peanut butter, fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Prep: Pick the flavor you want to make and gather all of the ingredients.
  2. Assemble: Spoon or spray whipped cream into a cup or bowl. Top with selected toppings. Serve immediately!

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