BARKUTERIE & BAKING
Spoiling Your Dog in the Kitchen
By Melanie Carden
Special pups deserve special treats. Whether you want to bake your boxer a birthday cake or create a barkuterie board for the neighborhood dogs, we’ve got all the inspiration and supplies you’ll need. If you follow the trending dog stories on social media, you’ve likely seen barkuterie boards circulating. Charcuterie-style snack boards for our besties are a fun, creative way to treat them. New to barkuterie? No worries. Our friends at Polkadog Bakery sent along some tips.
When organizing a barkuterie for Fifi and Fido, two divergent technical presentations should come to mind: the Board, and the Magic Bowl. Consider carefully the temperament of your fine guests, and you will know which barkuterie is best. Add a variety of shapes and flavors that includes crunchy as well as chewy.
- The Board: plate assorted treats around the rim of a large platter. Add carrots, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, and blueberries to the center. Place two or more ingredients on a teaspoon, and allow your pooch to experience a variety of combinations.
- The Magic Bowl: carefully arrange all ingredients into a bowl for each guest. Then…um…close your eyes because it’s about to get messy!
Board in the Kitchen makes barkuterie a breeze with over 15 different dog-themed boards. Your pup will be ready to Chow Chow down on his crafted-with-love snack creation.
Fresh-baked biscuits might seem too time-consuming to bake regularly. Dough ReMia Doggie Dough is a total game changer. This biscuit dough arrives mixed and prepped. Just roll, cut, bake—and rejoice in the wiggles and wags! Info: doughremia.com
What pairs well with a barkuterie board? Dog beer, of course. 10 Barrel’s Good Sit Pup Ale is a glucosamine enriched malt product (no alcohol) to help our furry friends keep their joints healthy for athletic activities.
PRESSED FOR TIME
A press-and-go option for making nutritious, homemade goodies for our canine companions? Sign us up! Dash offers this affordable (and super cute!) Mini Dog Treat Maker. It’s a pawsitively genius way to make treats in less time.
LET THEM EAT CAKE
Birthdays and celebrations require cake! Heck, even a random Wednesday sometimes requires cake, right? Maybe your Pomeranian prefers peanut butter and your Basset Hound likes banana. Pooch Cake offers three varieties of cake mix. Frosting included, woo-hoo!
ITTY BITTY BUFFET
Polkadog Bakery is a one-stop shopping for barkuterie treats in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Chips, bits, nuggets, rolls, and more—their options make it easy to create an Instagram-worthy doggo delight. Editor dogs’ favorites include Cod Skins and Chicken Littles.
If you want to be a Betty Crocker to the Cocker Spaniels, Cooper’s Treats is your path to baking glory. Their powdered biscuit mixes get you one (big) step closer to being top chef. Grab your bone-shaped biscuit cutters and get to it!
It’s your best buddy’s birthday, but you don’t like baking? No judgments, here. In fact, we’ve got the perfect solution—The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Their mini cookie cake comes ready-to-serve with frosting and sprinkles! Info: petco.com
Barkuterie boards are better with a theme, and the folks at Bocce Bakery are always serving up seasonal goodies. September is perfect for camping and fire pits. Help your floofmeister celebrate the outdoors with a seasonal board.
RED VELVET VIBES
Puppy Cake mixes arrive in perfectly pup-sized boxes—ready to wow! They offer 6 flavors including carob and even red velvet. If your goals loom larger, no worries. They also offer ice cream and cookie mix as well as personalized dog cakes! Info: puppycake.com
Sometimes you just want the experts to handle it. That’s when you visit Amanda Yu-Nguyen, owner of Barkuterie Boards LLC. Her extraordinary boards are artistic and luxurious. Hand-pressed veggie and fruit shapes and dog-names created out of cheese? We’re totally bow-wow-wow’ed! Info:barkuterieboards.com
FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT
If your big baking plans burn-out, the folks at P.L.A.Y. can help out. Their bakery-themed toys are sure to be a big hit. We think this croissant is the perfect solution if you accidentally flaked-out on puppy baking 101. The Barking Brunch Collection offers 5 plush—Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Bloody Mary, Croissant, and Avocado Toast! Info: petplay.com