Some drink orders include a list of modifications and that’s the beauty of Starbucks. You get exactly what you want! But this coffee shop doesn’t just cater to your caffeine needs. It also considers that your pup may want a little something too. Discover what a Starbucks puppuccino is, how you get one, and what it costs (here’s a hint: you’ll like the price!).
What Is a Starbucks Puppuccino?
It’s served in an espresso cup but don’t worry, there’s no caffeine in this special treat for your canine. A Starbucks puppuccino, also known as a pup cup, is a single-ingredient delectable dessert that your dog can enjoy while sitting alongside you as you enjoy your perfect brew.
Erick Serrano, Assistant Manager at the University of Chapman’s Starbucks store in California has worked for and with the company for over 15 years. When asked about the puppuccino, Serrano told A-Z-Animals, “A puppuccino is a dog-friendly treat you can order from Starbucks. It’s usually made with just whipped cream, but they recently started adding a little bit of water at the bottom of the cup. Then, they top it off with whipped cream. There’s no charge for this doggie treat!”
We told you you’d like the price! While each barista that gets the opportunity to serve a puppuccino receives invaluable appreciation from a tail-wagging lovebug, you can always show the tip jar some love. The addition of water to the original whipped cream delight helps by offering your pup a bit of hydration and reduces the residue of the sugary whipped cream.
How to Get A Starbucks Puppuccino
If it’s your first time getting a Starbucks puppuccino, you may get confused when you don’t see this item on the menu. But don’t worry! All you need to do is order it the same way you order your favorite drink. The staff is trained to prepare it and hand it over. You can order at the drive-thru or in person when you visit one of their locations. While you can place online orders and order through the app, you do have to request the puppuccino separately. We explain more below.
The aroma when you walk in is intoxicating, which makes a visit worth it. Although your order may require some customization, your doggo’s order is simple. “May I please get a puppuccino for my dog?” is all you need to say. Place your drink order and head over to the side where they call your name once your drinks are ready. Easy peasy!
If your dog is sitting next to you in the drive-thru lane, the staff inside already knows you have a pooch along for the ride. They can see you through the cameras! Just order your puppuccino and don’t be surprised if there’s more than one barista at the window waiting excitedly to greet your pupper!
Since the puppuccino is not officially listed on the Starbucks menu, you can’t order it through the Starbucks app. However, when you stop by to pick up your order, you can request it on the spot. Since it doesn’t require a long preparation, it’s a simple request baristas are happy to tend to.
Just like with the Starbucks app, there’s no item called a puppuccino. You can always ask for extra whipped cream or a cup of whipped cream, but that way of ordering incurs a charge. Instead, just place your regular order and call ahead for the tiny modification. Or just wait until you arrive and request it from the staff in the store.
Can Dogs Eat Starbucks Puppuccinos Regularly?
Like with anything for your pup, moderation is key. This is not an everyday treat to share with your beloved floof (even if you have a daily coffee order you never miss). You enjoy giving them the treat just as much as they enjoy lapping it up, but puppuccinos should be reserved for special occasions only. A post vet appointment or post grooming appointment is the perfect time to stop by. It’s a way to reward your pup for being such a good boy/girl.
If your dog has any sensitivities like gastrointestinal issues or a sensitivity to lactose, it may not be a good idea to provide them with a treat like this. However, whipped cream is generally well tolerated by dogs. Not just well tolerated, but thoroughly enjoyed! If your pup is in the clear and doesn’t have any tummy issues, you can feel good about placing this unique Starbucks order every once in a while. Just remember to adjust their daily food calories after you’ve given them this treat!
The photo featured at the top of this post is © Mknoxgray/ via Getty Images
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