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!
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!
Classic Whipped Cream Pup Cup Recipe
This is the classic puppuccino Starbucks serves. All you need is dog-friendly whipped cream and a small serving dish.
- Fill a small dish with plain whipped cream (no artificial sugars, which can be harmful to dogs).
- Serve and be your dog’s best best friend!
Strawberries and Cream Pup Cup
Now that we know how to make the classic, we can get a little wild.
- Add the whipped cream to a dish.
- Top with a sliced strawberry and serve! Fun fact – the whole strawberry is edible for dogs (fruit AND green leaves).
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.
- Fill a dish half with whipped cream.
- Fill the other half with unsweetened pumpkin and top with a dash of ground cinnamon.
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.
- Add whipped cream, oats, ground ginger, and cinnamon to a small dish.
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.)
- Add whipped cream, unsweetened peanut butter, and blueberries to a dish.
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.
- 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
- Prep: Pick the flavor you want to make and gather all of the ingredients.
- Assemble: Spoon or spray whipped cream into a cup or bowl. Top with selected toppings. Serve immediately!