Product Review: SweetSpots
So, it turns out that July is National Ice Cream Month, and we had the chance to include the dogs in a little celebration at Champion of My Heart. The folks at Nature’s Variety asked us to try SweetSpots (a frozen dessert-like treat for dogs). We gave it a shot, and here is our report, including a video taste test (about 3 minutes).
Oh, and as a preamble … yes, I’m wearing jeans and a sweater in July. It has been cold and rainy here (at our altitude) all week. Brrrr.
Many thanks to Tom for playing along and shooting the video for me.
Even though each serving only has 95 calories and about 2% fat, I’d probably split one serving/cup between Lilly and Ginko. We use so many food rewards and food-stuffed toys throughout the day that I have to be careful about their total food consumption.
Also, don’t make my mistake, if you have a real chow hound in the house … I let Ginko eat out of the cardboard cup. When I stepped away to check the video quality, the cup disappeared, and we fear he ate it. Cripes!
He loves sweet potatoes!
- All natural
- No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
- 98% Lactose free
- Contains live active yogurt cultures
- Low fat
- 4 servings per box
It comes in two flavors:
Sweet Potato and Molasses: Buttermilk, Sweet Potatoes, Molasses, Whey Protein, Egg Yolks, Fruit Pectin, Live Yogurt Cultures
Peanut Butter and Honey: Buttermilk, Peanut Butter, Molasses, Whey Protein, Honey, Egg Yolks, Fruit Pectin, Live Yogurt Cultures
Ice Cream Socials, July 17 or July 18
To broaden awareness of SweetSpots, the brand promo team is working with local retailers across the country to host doggie ice cream socials, with free samples for our canine friends and coupons for you.
They’re calling it the World’s Largest Ice Cream Social. (I think that’s a bit of hyperbole.) Still, it could be fun!
It’s about more than FREE snacks, though.
At each event, for every FREE cup of SweetSpots consumed, Nature’s Variety will make a donation to a local pet charity.
So, we’d classify it as a combination of:
- Doing something fun
- Getting something free
- Raising money for a pet charity
You bet they want to raise awareness and sell product. Of course they do, but this is pretty clever … no?
Everyone else will need to click through and find a store in your area, but as a service to my Colorado friends, here are the locations hosting socials:
Louisville, Colorado 80027
If Lilly didn’t have such an aversion to gatherings of dogs we do not know, we would totally attend. Alas, you’ll have to party without us.
FTC Disclosure: Jill Gainer, a brand director for Nature’s Variety, emailed me a couple weeks ago and asked if I’d be one of about 25 dog bloggers to try and review SweetSpots. I agreed, so she sent me a coupon so that I could get ONE FREE sample of the product from a local retailer.
Other than the free product, I was NOT paid or compensated in any way to post this review.
Just so you know, Tom picked up our free sample from Paws ‘N’ Play in Olde Town Arvada because it was the closest spot for us (a mere 22 miles, each way).