One of the HOTTEST pet gifts for the 2012 Holiday Season is sure to be the Sunbeam Gourmet Dog Treat Maker. We took it for a spin in our test kitchen and think that you are going to want to add this one to your own list for Santa Paws or pick one up for the pet lover in your life!
The dog treat maker heats up quickly while you mix common pantry and grocery items to make a homemade batter. The machine comes with several easy to follow all-natural recipes include gluten-free and wheat-free. It’s super convenient because you can make a small batch any time and without needing specialty pans.
The batter pours easily into the bone-shaped, non-stick cooking plates. Close the lid and the treats bake in 10-14 minutes…my first batch got darker than my second since I was experimenting, but it’s just about impossible to burn them as far as I can tell. So easy to use that this is a great way to let your little humans help make their own treats for the fur siblings. The exterior and handles stay cool but plates do get very hot so be careful if the kiddos are helping.
As with all non-stick cooking surfaces, be sure to use non-metal utensils when you remove the fresh baked treats so you don’t scratch the coating on the machine. The biscuits were super easy to remove and if I’d waited a sec for them to cool, I could have just used my fingers to slide them right out!
There are recipes included with the machine for fancy icings and toppings but I decided to just keep it simple. I topped half the treats with peanut butter and the other half with canned pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling). Then I sprinkled on toppings I had in the kitchen already: shredded carrot and a couple types of sprinkle-on dog food toppers. Daisy didn’t complain about the rustic food styling. You can get really fancy for a special occasion if you want to, and make some personalized ones for holiday gifts, parties or when those 4-legged fur friends drop by for an impromptu visit!
It’s super quick and easy to make small batches whenever the mood hits, and the machine doesn’t take up much space. When you’re done with it, the cord wraps on the back and the machine can either stand on its side or lie flat for hassle-free storage.
The Sunbeam Gourmet Dog Treat Maker is available for $29.99 at PetSmart store locations only (not available online at this time). It’s sure to be a popular holiday gift item so snag yours early so you don’t miss out!