In Which We Buy Bocce's Bakery Doggie Ice Cream and Eat It
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.