We started Cooper's Treats on a hot day in San Diego with a desire to give Cooper a healthy, frozen treat. Before we came up with our own recipe, though, we did some Googling to see what was out there, and we came upon a brand you might have heard of - Frosty Paws.
They seemed perfect - a nice cup of doggy ice cream was just what we were looking for. That is, until we checked the label. The first ingredient... water. Number two? Whey. These were followed by soy flour and coconut oil, and then came the long list of unpronounceable ingredients like polydextrose, microcrystalline cellulose, caboxymethylcellulose, ferrous fumarate and pyridoxine hydorchloride. They also snuck some salt in there for good measure. That's probably why their main flavor is just named "Original" - original what, Frosty Paws?
The Frosty Paws recipe for their peanut butter flavor has peanut butter syrup in there (and in addition to peanuts, the syrup also contains corn oil and salt), but it's only the sixth ingredient down the list. What about nutritional value? Just six percent protein.
This just wasn't something we were willing to give to Cooper, so we started working on our own treats. We didn't just want to create homemade Frosty Paws, though - we wanted to do better. We tried a lot of ingredients, but they all had one thing in common - they were high quality and good for dogs.
Ultimately, we realized that it was possible to make awesome frozen treats with real meat, so that's what we did. It's also why our Pupsicle mixes have almost four times the protein content of Frosty Paws. It's also why we only need four ingredients per recipe - when you're using the good stuff, it doesn't have to be complicated.
So before you buy, consider whether you want to give the stuff in the Frosty Paws recipe to your pup - we certainly didn't, and we're glad we can provide an alternative for a healthy frozen dog treat that always starts with real meat. And if you're thinking about making your own homemade Frosty Paws, we hope you'll give our Pupsicles a try instead!