Make This Dog-Safe ‘Hot Chocolate’ Drink This Winter

By: Nicole PajerUpdated:

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Make This Dog-Safe ‘Hot Chocolate’ Drink This Winter

Everyone likes a cup of hot chocolate on a frigid winter day. However, chocolate contains theobromine, making it extremely toxic to dogs. Carob, on the other hand, is a cocoa alternative that is safe for pups to enjoy.

We’ve teamed up with Kevyn Matthews, The Dog Chef, to bring you this exclusive recipe for a dog-friendly hot chocolate. It’s so sweet and delicious, humans can enjoy it as well. (Just add marshmallows.)

Remember, if your dog has a history of dietary sensitivity, you may want to check with your veterinarian before deviating from his regular diet.

Dog-Safe ‘Hot Chocolate’ Recipe

hot chocolate in white cup

Ingredients and Supplies

2 cups coconut milk

2 tablespoons carob powder

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Small saucepan



1Combine milk and carob powder in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking to remove any lumps.

2Then, stir in honey and vanilla extract. Continue heating to desired temperature.

How to Serve


Humans: Sip while hot.

Dogs: Let cool before you knock the bowl over and slurp it up.

This recipe was designed for dogs and reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat, snack or food topper. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. Feeding too many treats can lead to nutrient deficiencies. If your pet has health issues (including food allergies or sensitivities to fats) or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.


By: Nicole PajerUpdated: