The great people at The Honest Kitchen, have once again sent us something to review. If you recall, back in January, we did a review of The Honest Kitchen‘s dehydrated foods. I love reviewing products from a Yorkie’s perspective. There’s so much “stuff” out there for dogs and, I admit, I’m a bit of a product junkie, mostly because I have a really hard time finding anything I like well enough to buy again.
The Honest Kitchen sent us a cool (pun intended) product called Ice Pups. Ice Pups are marketed as a “make at-home cool treat for sunny days.” Ice Pups is essentially a dehydrated broth that you reconstitute at home and can serve as a warm broth or freeze and serve as a frozen treat. The ingredients are dehydrated chicken, turkey, whey, dandelion, asparagus, watercress, honey and parsley. The Honest Kitchen says “Ice Pups are a delicious way to ensure your dogs or cats are getting the moisture they need and are an easy way to increase their fluid intake if needed.”
Now, I’ve seen other reviews of this product online, from Garth, Kaaren, The Psychotic Housewife, This One Wild Life, and others. Since there are some reviews out there, I decided to go in a bit of another direction with how I prepared the Ice Pups. Here’s a peek at the directions from The Honest Kitchen.
For a bigger dog, as a frozen treat, the ice cubes would be an excellent way to prepare these treats, but I know that there is no way Catherine’s little mouth would get anything accomplished with an ice cube. The Ice pups are billed as a “Summer Sorbet,” so I went in that direction, stepping it up a notch from merely freezing the broth in ice cube trays.
|First, I got a box of the individual packets. Mix one packet of Ice Pups with 8 ounces of water then place in ice cube trays. I didn’t fill my trays to the top, and got 2 full trays out of the 8 ounces of broth. I froze them overnight then commenced to making my sorbet treat for Catherine. To make this little sorbet you will need frozen Ice Pups, water, a small jar, and a blender.|
|First I got out a couple of the frozen ice pups cubes and put them in a small jelly jar.|
|Next, and this is the coolest part – put the blender blades on you jar. This helps minimize waste. Instead of using the giant pitcher that comes with your blender, use this simple trick and a jar that meets your capacity needs to cut down on wasted product.|
|Put the jar with the blade into the blender and blend away. All typical blenders and Mason jars (or Ball or whatever brand) fit into standard blender bases. I learned this while making my own laundry soap, and this technique has come in handy on more than one occasion.|
|After blending, you will get something like this.|
|Scrape out your blended Ice Pups and put into a dish and serve!|
|Prepare not to see your Yorkie’s face until the bowl is clean (yes, her collar says “Bad to the Bone,” and yes, it’s for ID tag purposes only).|
In the final analysis, I love this product. It’s a great way to encourage hydration, it’s made to the Honest Kitchen’s human-grade standards, its easy to make, and Catherine loves. it.
Catherine rates the
Ice Pups Treats
4 paws up