Whenever you stop by a Starbucks drive-through window to get yourself a cup of your favorite drink you don’t have to leave your furry friend behind because Starbucks has puppuccino exclusively for them. How much are puppuccino at Starbucks?
Puppuccino is free at Starbucks as long as you order a drink. You don’t have to spend a dime on it and it will be listed as a sundry item. Since I walk dogs during my free time and I’m also a big Starbucks iced latte junkie, I have known this for some time now. The first time I heard of it I was a little hesitant to let my dog have it because I imagined it would be containing caffeine. It is however just the whipped cream to give you and your dog a moment to live for.
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What is a puppuccino from Starbucks?
With over 17000 items on Starbucks’ secret menu, puppuccino is among the least known. It is not just customers who have no idea about this item but also some baristas. Puppuccino, puppaccino or puppyccino is whipped cream served in a small espresso cup and is meant for dogs. You get it at Starbucks stores when you order a drink for yourself and want something for your dog.
The name puppuccino is derived from cappuccino and will soon fall under the list of Starbucks’ trademarked names. If you stop by a Starbucks store you will not find the name on the menu boards nor will you find it listed on the app. This might however change in the near future in case sawbucks decides to make it an official item. It is usually given freely but this might not apply to all stores as some baristas charge it.
What is in a Starbucks Puppuccino?
The name puppuccino is so close to Frappuccino or cappuccino and for someone hearing it for the first time, the first thought that comes to mind is loads of caffeine. The fact that it is a Starbucks item does not help either. Also, it comes out as a complex drink with many complex ingredients that will cost you more dollars than you are willing to spend. These assumptions are however far from the truth. Let’s not forget Starbucks is a coffee house and having a dog treat is just icing on top to make it more convenient.
Starbucks puppuccino only has whipped crème with no hint of caffeine or tea. This however depends on the store. I once order a puppuccino and the barista handed it to me topped with sprinkles. I was confused at first but he explained that it adds flavor and that some dogs like it that way. In another store, the barista did not even have an idea what I was talking about until I explained that it was whipped cream in an espresso cup.
Just like many other items on Starbucks’ secret menu, puppuccino is what you want it to be. Whipped cream alone or whipped cream topped with sprinkles, it is all about your dog and what it loves is what the baristas will get for you.
How can I order a puppuccino at Starbucks?
Puppuccino isn’t on Starbucks’ official menu so the way you order it will differ from how you order other drinks. When you walk into a Starbucks store the baristas will know what you mean by just mentioning the term puppuccino. Also, you can just inform them that you have your dog along with you and you would like a cup of whipped cream for them or that you want to order a pup cup.
Unfortunately, you can only order a puppuccino physically in the Starbucks store. Since it is not an official menu drink, you will not find it in the list of drinks when you are ordering online. You’ll have no otherwise but to take a coffee run or drive to your nearest Starbucks store. If you are lucky, however, you can ask for it when you are making your pick-up. Also, you can only get it if you are ordering a drink along with it. If you are not then you will most likely be charged or you just won’t get it.
Can I get a puppuccino if I don’t have a dog?
It depends on the store and the reason you reason getting the puppuccino. In most cases, you need to have a dog with you for you to get a puppuccino. However depending on the barista who serves you might still get it if you left your dog at home and you are buying a takeaway drink. Since a puppuccino is just regular whipped cream that is mostly given for free, some people may take advantage of this and order it when they don’t have a dog. This is why some baristas may want to ensure you have a dog and if not, they may charge you for it.
Are puppuccinos really safe for dogs?
Yes, they are. As long you don’t give them to your dog habitually they are healthy. You can feed your dog puppuccino maybe once a week or a couple of times a month, as long as it is in moderation, your pup will stay healthy.
Can I order a puppuccino through the Starbucks app?
No, you can’t. Puppuccinos aren’t official menu items hence can’t be ordered through the Starbucks app or any delivery services.
Can lactose intolerant dogs have the Starbucks puppuccino?
No. If your dog can’t digest dairy you should not give it puppuccino. As long as your furry friend has any underlying medical condition you should not give it puppuccino unless you are sure it is safe.
Kai Jordan worked as a Certified Nutrition Specialist and now a food critic whose main objective is to provide consumers with as much information as they need to make the right choices concerning foods and drinks. Jordan is passionate about helping the public reach their health-related goals but also keen on reviewing foods and drinks offered by some of the famous restaurants the likes of Starbucks.
Kai has therefore created well-researched and comprehensive excerpts regarding the services and products offered by the giant restaurant chain. And which can be retrieved from Starbmag.com, apart from talking writing, and dealing with food Kai loves also to Kayak. You can read more about me on the about us page.