Last Updated on April 13, 2023 by brewthatcoffee
Planning to bring your dog to the Starbucks drive-thru? Then, you’ll want to know all about the secret menu Starbucks Puppuccino! Here’s what a Puppuccino is and how to order this little special treat for your furbaby.
What is a Puppuccino?
The word Puppuccino is an adorable spinoff of the Cappuccino drink name. It’s a drink for your dog that you can get at Starbucks, without the coffee of course.
A Puppuccino contains only one ingredient, whipped cream. That’s all! It’s whipped cream in a cup for your dog.
How Much it Costs
Although you could order whipped cream in a cup for yourself, keep in mind that it’s usually meant for dogs. One of the best parts is, that it’s completely free of charge. Yup, you read that right.
However, if you are thinking of driving to your nearest Starbucks and getting a free Puppuccino and nothing else, you actually may get charged.
So, if you would like whipped cream for your dog, you should consider getting yourself a drink first or just giving your dog some whipped cream at home.
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The Puppuccino comes in one small cup size. In Starbucks terminology, this is either an espresso cup or a short cup and will vary depending on the store you visit.
Is There Coffee in It?
There is no coffee nor caffeine in a Puppuccino, and for good reason! You really don’t want to give your dog either of those things.
How to Order a Puppuccino at Starbucks
Since the Puppuccino is one of the most common Starbucks secret menu items, there is a good chance you can ask for it by name.
For reference, it’s pronounced Pup-ooh-chee-noh.
If you fear the awkwardness of your barista having no idea what you are talking about, feel free to ask for whipped cream in a cup for your dog.
Heads up, Puppuccinos cannot be ordered via the Starbucks app. Just be sure to ask for it when you get there!
Are Puppuccinos Safe for Dogs?
Puppuccinos are made from whipped cream, which typically contains cream, sugar, milk, monoglycerides, diglycerides, and carrageenan.
In case you are a fan of vegan options, you’ll be happy to know that Starbucks has been hard at work developing a new vegan whipped cream made from lentils.
In small amounts, whipped cream is usually okay for healthy dogs. However, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, it’s best to skip this treat.
To be safe, you should always ask your veterinarian prior to giving your dog any new foods. Your doggo’s tummy will thank you!
Getting a Puppuccino at Other Drive-Thrus
Dogs have been getting a lot more love at the drive-true lately, and it’s amazing! If you are curious about other speciality beverage drive-thrus that offer treats for dogs, you will want to check out Shake Shack, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Dairy Queen.
Please keep in mind, not all of these are for free.
Shake Shack: Order a “Pooch-ini” for $3.75. It’s a cup of dog-friendly custard mixed with Shackburger biscuits and peanut butter.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Order a “Cup for Pup” free of charge. You may get asked for a charity donation though! Cup for Pup/Puppy Latte is whipped cream in a cup, just like at Starbucks.
Dairy Queen: Order a “Pup Cup” free of charge at most locations. It comes with vanilla ice cream and a biscuit.
Homemade Puppuccino Recipe
What if you or your dog could enjoy the sweet taste of a Puppuccino without even having to go to Starbucks? Well, it’s possible!
As you likely already figured, whipped cream or heavy cream is the only ingredient you need.
Just a quick heads up, make sure to check the ingredients list on anything and everything you plan on giving to your dog. Some ingredients are harmful and even deadly to dogs.
Check out the ASPCA’s list of ‘People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets‘.
If you are looking to get your dog involved in more activities, take them along with you in your car to the drive-thru.
The Puppuccino is a great way to show your dog some love. After all, dogs are known as our best friends for a reason!
Not only will you make their day, but you may even make some new friends.
Puppuccinos are also a fun addition to doggy birthday parties or other celebrations.
Whether you order one from Starbucks or make your own at home, your dog will love it!
As always, thanks for reading!