Do you love Starbucks as much as you love your dog? (Or, do you love your dog as much as you love Starbucks?)
Well, if you're looking for a way to make every day feel like National Dog Day, look no further than the Puppuccino. This item from the Starbucks Secret Menu is perfect for any dog lover.
In this post, we'll talk about what a puppuccino is, how much it costs, and how to order it. We'll also take a look at whether or not pupuccinos are safe for dogs. And finally, in the very unlikely event that there aren't any Starbucks near you, we'll show you how to make a puppuccino at home or where else to get it.
Let's get started!
A puppuccino is a small cup with just sweetened whipped cream that Starbucks baristas give out to dogs at their owner's request. It's usually served in a sample or espresso cup and has no additional cost.
(Though, some customers tip extra because it’s just so thoughtful.)
The Starbucks puppuccino is probably the funniest secret menu item I’ve heard of in a while.
And as you might have guessed, the word puppuccino comes from a wordplay between pup and cappuccino.
Ready to order your very own puppuccino?
To order, head to the nearest Starbucks and simply ask for a Puppuccino! Most baristas should understand that, if not, ask for a pup cup.
Since this is a secret menu item you won’t be able to use the Starbucks app.
Puppucinnos are free at Starbucks. Some regular customers even keep an espresso cup just for this purpose so they can easily drop in and grab a puppuccino on the go.
It's nice to tip though, your furry friends would approve!
If there aren’t any Starbucks stores near you, you can also head to Dunkin' Donuts. They have puppy lattes. Or head to Shake Shack and ask for the Pooch-ini, some kind of dessert made of vanilla custard and doggy treats.
Get some heavy cream and start whipping.
Or better, run to the store and get some whipped cream (preferably organic, 'cause your dog is sophisticated if he drinks puppuccinos.)
Now, to make this sweet treat at home, simply pour a little whipped cream into an espresso cup.
And remember - this special treat should be kept in moderation! Puppucinnos are meant only for special occasions like birthdays, holidays, or National Dog Day celebrations.
Puppuccinos are usually served in a sample or small espresso cup. Keep it classy though, your dog expects you to.
To a cup of whipped cream, toss a few dog treats and put a puppuccino bandana on your pup. Make sure you use your finest cups for your furry best friend.
This will make your puppuccino extra Instagrammable!
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The puppuccino is best enjoyed while your human friend holds the cup for you.
It is also acceptable to have your puppuccino while your human parents enjoy there favorite coffee drink...ideally a cappuccino. However any drink is fine, including iced coffee!
However...it's highly unacceptable if your human friends offer you some of their caffeinated drink (yuk). Even decaf coffees are bad for me!
Some other popular secret menu items might be harmful to your pooch if he were to get his paws on one - we're looking at you, Chocolate Dough Frappuccino.
Luckily for you and your furry friend, puppuccinos don't contain any ingredients that are unsafe for dogs. They're only made with whipped cream - a simple dairy product that is actually safe for pups to eat in small quantities (and many dogs love it).
Of course, similar to humans, some dogs may be sensitive to dairy. Please talk to your vet!
Although the puppuccino is not an official Starbucks menu item, the company has filed a trademark for the name. It will apply to the drink itself and for bandanas.
Nope, it's just whipped cream.
The Starbucks Whipped Cream contains cream (milk), vanilla syrup. The vanilla syrup contains sugar.
No, we don't think you should. Not even any of the decaf drinks or caffeine-free drinks like lemonades or juices. These are simply meant to be consumed by humans!
Now that you've obtained your PhD on puppuccinos your dog will be proud of you.
Make sure you put into practice what you have learned. If you're dying to have that iced coffee or refresher, take your doggy with you for some puppuccinos!
This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Do not consume any type of coffee, tea or herbal infusion if you are allergic to it. The information in this article is not intended to treat serious medical conditions. Please seek professional medical advice before using home remedies.