In Which We Buy Bocce's Bakery Doggie Ice Cream and Eat It
We ate a lot of ice cream during our Frozen Treats Fortnight, but only one tasted like dog food.
And that's because it was, more or less. In the interest of thoroughness (well, that's one way of putting it), we decided to sample Biscuits & Cream, a new "healthy doggie ice cream" from Bocce's Bakery. Bocce's Bakery is owned by Andrea Tovar and takes its name from Tovar's adorable mutt. Much like the city's first dog-food CSA, it traffics in chemical- and preservative-free pet foods made from ingredients found in the natural world. Bocce's ice cream is made from yogurt, peanut butter, honey, and bananas, so we figured we'd give it a try.
The ice cream is available by bike delivery in Manhattan only. A double pint costs $9.99, and delivery tacks on another $15. Expensive, yes, but still not as hair-raising as a $13 pint of gelato. Plus, your dog's unlikely to sit in front of the TV and scarf it all in the course of a Damages rerun.
In what will likely come as no surprise to most, we quickly discovered that while you can indeed eat doggie ice cream, that doesn't mean you should. It's not that it's bad, exactly. It's more that it's completely lacking in the sweetness and creaminess one craves from actual ice cream. It's icy and remains rock-hard even after 20 minutes outside of the freezer, and tastes more or less like plain yogurt and bananas. Also, the biscuit pieces are a bit of a turn-off.
Obviously, we are not Bocce's intended demographic. So we solicited some opinions from those who are.
Over at Animal Haven, we fed a bowl to Cha Cha, a beautiful girl of considerable appetites who is, incidentally, adoptable. Initially, Cha Cha wasn't particularly enthusiastic about the ice cream, but as it began to melt a bit, so did her reservations, and she quickly hoovered it down. We fed a second bowl to Natalie, a shepherd mix who was a bit camera-shy, and she also registered her approval.
Do dogs need ice cream? Of course not. But neither, one could argue (erroneously), do people. But it's hot and need is beside the point, at least to people who can afford to think about things like doggie ice cream, and we can say that as far as canine indulgences go, Bocce's is for the dogs -- in the best way possible.
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