One of the best parts of summertime is road trips and cool night drives! Sometimes we have our canine companions with us and when we need to stop for a note to eat, where can we go that will accept you and your pooch?
Starbucks may be a giant in the caffeine community but they offer a special menu full of secret items. One of the items is lovingly referred to as a Puppiccino. This menu item does not contain caffeine, but, it is a cup or espresso cup size of plain whipped cream!
Dairy-Free Puppuccino for Dogs
- 1 can coconut milk (Drinking coconut milk is too thin for this recipe. You need the canned product with its thick, fatty goodness to stabilize the cream.)
- Pour contents of a can of coconut milk into a bowl, both liquid and solid.
- Mix thoroughly with a fork or small whisk until the solids are incorporated into the liquids. Your results should be frothy.
- Chill overnight, or until quite cold, so that your cream will hold its shape.
- When you’re ready to whip, give the coconut another quick stir for best results.
- Pour coconut milk into the canister of your whipped cream maker and close securely.
- Add a whipped cream charger and shake the coconut milk gently.
- Spray your coconut whipped cream onto your puppy pastries, puppuccinos, or right into your dog’s mouth!
- No whipped cream maker? Beat the chilled coconut mixture with a balloon whisk (or in your mixer) until stiff peaks form.
Chick-Fil-A is commonly the go-to restaurant for chicken and chicken sandwiches. But, like Starbucks, they also offer a special secret menu designed with your pooch in mind. Waffle fries (Woofle fries) and nuggets are some of the top contenders.
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup dill pickle juice
- 1 1/2 cups milk, divided
- 1 cup peanut oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, combine chicken, pickle juice, and 1/2 cup milk; marinate for at least 30 minutes. Drain well.
- Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup milk and egg. Stir in chicken and gently toss to combine; drain excess milk mixture.
- In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken, flour, and confectioners’ sugar; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
Dairy Queen is more straightforward. They don’t seem to have a special secret pup menu but what they do offer is a small portion of soft served vanilla ice cream.
Vanilla Ice Cream Just Like Dairy Queen
- 2 envelopes Knox gelatin
- ½ cup of cold water
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used ½ vanilla bean and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups whipping cream
- Soak gelatin in cold water
- Heat milk, but do not boil.
- Remove from heat and add gelatin, sugar, vanilla, and salt.
- Cool and add cream.
- Chill 5 to 8 hours.
- Pour into a 4 to 6-quart ice cream freezer can.
- The process according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Scoop into a container, cover well, and freeze several hours or overnight. Like most ice creams the flavor improves with aging.
Similarly, Shake Shack will also offer your pooch a scoop of vanilla custard topped with two doggie bone biscuits!
Sonic Drive-Up restaurant offers special doggie treats, as well. In fact, your order will be accompanied by the doggie treats if you mention your canine companion at the order speaker.