Everyone likes to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate after a nice day spent in the mountains. And the good news is that you can treat your pawl with the same winter delicacy, too!
But before you get excited about sharing your cup of hot cocoa with your pup, remember that chocolate contains theobromine, which can be toxic to dogs. Never give your dog chocolate, cocoa powder, or hot cocoa mixes.
Carob, on the other hand, is a cocoa alternative that is safe and yummy for both hoomans and doggies to enjoy.
The amazing thing about carob is that it doesn’t contain any theobromine. Made from the bean pods of the carob tree, carob is 100% natural and healthy for dogs. On top of that, it is free of caffeine, fromamide, or phenylthlamine, other dangerous substances found in chocolate. It also contains a moderate amount of fiber, potassium, and vitamins.
In moderation, coconut milk may even offer a few health benefits such as:
- Helping fight viruses
- Improving the immune system
- Adding shine to their coat
- Improving their breath
Honey – “the nectar of the Gods” – provides many health benefits for both humans and their pawls. It contains many nutrients, like vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, along with minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and copper. In its raw form, it has antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties, along with some powerful antioxidants. All these provide many health benefits your pup can enjoy.
Dog-Friendly "Hot Chocolate" recipe
This simple and delicious "hot chocolate" recipe is rich, creamy and totally dog friendly and is the pawfect après beverage to share with your pawl this winter!
Gluten free, dairy free, chocolate free
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons carob powder
- 2 tablespoons honey
In a small saucepan, boil the coconut milk over medium heat. Whisk in the carob powder. Hooman: pour in your favourite mug and sip it while it's hot. Doggie: let it cool down, pour in your dog bowl and enjoy!
Now you can curl up together by the fireplace after on nice day spent in the mountains and enjoy some "hot chocolate" with your best pawl!