Dog Treat Mix: The Story of Our Dog Treat Making Kits
When we decided to start Cooper's Treats, our goal was to create the absolute best dog treat mix out there. We had seen the competition and had been disappointed by their ingredients - unpronounceable things like dipotassium phosphate and ferrous fumarate. We believed in knowing what we give our dogs (without hours of research into chemical compounds), so we set out to make something high quality, with a list of ingredients that everyone could both understand and feel good about feeding to their best friend.
Frozen Dog Treat Mix
Our first product was our Pupsicle Mix, which we created long before we ever considered starting a company. It was a hot summer in San Diego, and since we knew how much Cooper loves ice cubes, we wanted to make him a frozen treat. Unfortunately, all of the dog treat mixes out there had those terrible ingredients, so we had to make our own. We started by looking up recipes online, but they fell into two categories - peanut butter and yogurt with fruit. Unfortunately Cooper doesn't like either peanut butter or fruit, so those were out. The good news is there was a jar of freeze dried meat pieces on the counter next to a food processor, and inspiration struck. Those freeze dried meats were blended into a powder, mixed with water and frozen - so was born the original Pupsicle Mix!
We researched ingredients that we could use to make it an even better treat and went through rounds and rounds of recipe testing (all of which Cooper was more than happy to help with). Finally, we settled on the ingredients we use today - in our Beef and Cheddar Pupsicle Mix, that's freeze dried beef, whole wheat flour, whole egg protein and cheddar cheese powder. In our Turkey and Cinnamon Pupsicle Mix, that's freeze dried turkey, whole wheat flour, whole egg protein and cinnamon. Nothing but high quality ingredients that everyone can pronounce.
Dog Biscuit Mix
Once the weather started to cool down, those frozen treats didn't have quite the same appeal, but we were still fired up about making homemade dog treats for our pups! We knew that any dog biscuit making kit we created would have to have real meat, so as we came up with our dog biscuit mix recipe, that was always the first thing we added.
We went through dozens of iterations (with Coop continuing to be a dedicated and enthusiastic taste tester) and ultimately landed on the recipes that we have today in our Baked Biscuit Mix. Both our Beef and Cheddar as well as our Lamb and Mint dog biscuit mixes have freeze dried meat, whole wheat flour, whole grain rolled oats, dry milk, whole egg protein. The Beef and Cheddar adds cheddar cheese powder and parsley, while the Lamb and Mint adds mint.
When we set out to decide on what the final recipe for this dog treat mix, we knew it needed to have a few, important qualities. First, it had to be easy. That's why the only ingredient you have to add to our mixes is water. Some of the ones out there before us required oil, eggs, milk or other ingredients. We never want any of our customers to get their dog biscuit mix out and realize they needed to run to the market to get ingredients for it, so we put everything you need in the jar. It's more expensive for us to add dry milk and whole egg protein to the mix as opposed to making our customers buy it, but we know it's worth it. Making treats for your dog should be fun and relaxing, not stressful.
Nothing like fresh-baked dog biscuits and a fire in the hearth on a winter's day.
Dog Biscuit Mix
After we decided on all of the ingredients we were going to put into our dog treat making kits, we realized there was something missing. Particularly with our Pupsicle Mix, it wasn't enough to just give our customers the dog treat mix - we wanted to give them a fun dog treat making experience in a box. That's why we decided to add our silicone treat mold and make the Pupsicle Starter Kit. Now once you've added water to the treat mix, you know exactly where to pour it before it goes in the freezer. On top of that, instead of ending up with plain old ice cubes, now you get Pupsicles in cute (and highly Instagrammable!) shapes.
We felt very much the same about our Baked Biscuit Starter Kit, which is why we added in our bone-shaped cookie cutters. They make fun, cute dog biscuits that look great until they disappear into your dog's mouth.
Our Dog Treat Recipes
At the end of the day, we will always stand by our belief that our dog treat recipes have to be the absolute best, because you should never have to compromise on giving your dog high-quality treats. Every dog should be able to get fresh baked dog biscuits straight from the oven on a cold winter day and delicious, frozen Pupsicles straight from the freezer on a hot summer day. We also believe that our dog treat making kits shouldn't just be great for your dog - you should have a great time making them (and they should be easy to clean up when you're done)! We know that for many of our customers, the best thing about our dog treat kits is that they're the perfect activity to do with kids - not too long, not too messy , and at the end, your children get the satisfaction that they're not just giving their dog a treat, they're giving their dog a treat that they made themselves. That's the power of homemade treats (and not just for kids), and at the end of the day, that's why we started Cooper's Treats.
So we really do hope that you'll give our Baked Biscuit Mix and our Pupsicle Mix a try. Our make-at-home dog treat kits are healthy, delicious and a great way to bond with your pup. They use only the best quality ingredients, and they're made in America by people who, like you, really really really love dogs. Everything we sell has been tested by Cooper, and we'd never give him anything but the best.
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