Purina Honest to Dog Natural, Grain-free Beef Dog Treats
Taking a break from pumpkin and Halloween today to tell you about some meaty treats we received this month (don’t worry, we have a couple more pumpkin posts coming up later in the month).
Don’t get us wrong, we still love pumpkin but we understand not everybody does. So we ordered up a bag of Purina Honest to Dog Tasty Crispy Cuts Beef & Blueberries Recipe Grain-free Dog Treats. Wow, I couldn’t say that whole name in one breath!
Let’s check them out!
Honest to Dog Crispy Cuts
Honest to Dog is a new product line made by Purina! It is an all-natural, grain-free dog treat product line produced right here in the United States.
We haven’t opened our bag of beef and blueberry Crispy Cuts yet (we will do that here with you) but the name almost sounds as if they should be crispy like a little meat flavored popcorn cake!
They come in two flavor recipes of:
- Beef with blueberries
- Chicken with apples
The first ingredient in the crispy cuts is real animal protein!
Interestingly when I just went to the Purina website and browsed their dog products I could not find these treats! I discovered they have a separate website just for treats. Strange, but okay.
Smell, Appearance, and Texture
Opening the bag for the first time, they actually almost smell like a grilled hamburger. Of course, not quite as delicious for sure but the smell didn’t instantly remind me of dog food.
The Purina beef Crispy Cuts honestly look like a teeny tiny hamburger! The color is pretty much spot on and even at a glance, the texture looks like a baby hamburger.
These mini-me burgers are definitely larger than a nickel (I couldn’t find a quarter for this picture). I would say they are even slightly bigger than a quarter.
I will say one thing for sure these Crispy Cuts are very hard! I initially expected them to be crispy kind of like one of those smaller popcorn or rice cakes but they definitely are not. Just to see how hard they were I tried to break one with my teeth (no, I did not eat any) and found them hard to break by biting them. My daughter could not break them by hand, either.
I would not expect to be able to easily break or cut these into smaller pieces if you have a smaller dog or want to use them as training treats. I also would not recommend them if you have a dog with dental issues or few teeth.
Back when Maui and I wrote a post about homemade dog treats we made some beef jerky training treats. When you read that post you will see that I overcooked them so instead of being little jerky training treats they were more like crunchy training treats. That’s what these Crispy Cuts remind me of but in a bigger form.
Honest to Dog Beef and Blueberry Recipe Ingredients
The ingredient list for the beef and blueberry crispy cuts is very short and pretty simple. Most of them look really good!
The beef with blueberries recipe does include chicken as the second ingredient. This is definitely something to keep in mind if your dog has a sensitivity or allergy to chicken.
The ingredient list for the beef dog treat recipe consists of:
- Textured soy protein product
- Guar gum
- Natural mixed tocopherols (natural preservative)
Soy Protein Product
I was dying to know what a “textured soy protein product” actually is. I couldn’t find a real definition that fits this exactly but it’s obviously descendent from some form of soy product or process (duh). If you know what a textured soy protein product is please let us know by commenting at the bottom of this blog.
I am not sure if it comes directly from soybeans, as soybean meal, or from tofu. I have reached out to Purina to ask exactly what this soy product is and will update this post when I receive a response.
Soy is becoming quite the go-to item because it is high in protein, but soy products, in general, have a lot of controversy surrounding them. Dogs Naturally Magazine indicates that 90% of the soy grown in the United States is genetically modified.
UPDATE – It is been a week since I reached out to Purina and I have not heard back regarding their ‘soy protein product”. I will continue to watch my emails and if I ever hear back I will definitely post their response here for you.
Guar gum is derived from the guar bean and is often used as a thickening agent, firming agent, stabilizer, and emulsifier. In this case, it is likely used to help hold the treats together in their little burger shape.
Some feel guar gum is a no-no in pet foods and treats and others believe it has definite health benefits. Some believe it is linked to digestive tract upset while others are certain it can lower cholesterol and improve glycemic control.
Definitely two sides to this coin.
What IS Great about These Treats
These dog treats do have a lot going for them!
As already mentioned, they have real animal protein as the first ingredient! The beef dog treats are 36% protein (although this may include protein from beef as well as the soy product).
Great things about The Honesty to Dog Crispy Cuts:
- They are grain-free dog treats
- They contain real herbs and fruit
- Meat protein is the number one ingredient
- They are produced in the United States
- Products used are natural
- The smallest size is a 1 pound bag!
Calorie Content and Nutrition
The beef and blueberry recipe dog treats contain 18.7 calories per treat. If you’re interested in the chicken recipe, they contain 17.6 calories per treat.
Where to Find These Crispy Cuts of Deliciousness
Maui received her Honest to Dog Crispy Cuts for being part of the Chewy..com Influencer Program. So, you can definitely find them at Chewy.com.
I could only find the Honest to Dog treats at two retailers online. Here are their current prices for the 1 pound bag.
Chewy.com: $13.99 (free shipping with $49 order)
Amazon.com: $13.99 (free two-day shipping with prime membership)
If you’re interested in purchasing a bag you can click on the deal ads on the right side of your screen.
Since these are a new product line I would expect additional popular retailers to begin carrying them in the future. If you have a favorite shop that you like but they don’t carry them yet – keep checking back.
If you’re interested in signing up to get dog and/or cat product coupons from Purina, you can go to their website and sign up! Click on the banner below to be directed to the sign-up page!
Maui’s Final Review of Purina Honest to Dog Beef and Blueberry Crispy Cuts
Before letting you in on her final review of these beef dog treats Maui wanted to let you know that she received these for free as being a proud member of the Chewy.com Influencer Program. Chewy.com sends her two products per month for free in exchange for an honest review. Maui is always honest.
Texture: Very hard
The ingredients rating is from Maui’s point of view. You may feel more or less strongly about the presence of a soy product or guar gum so the ingredient rating might be different for you.
Crunch away my frens,
What do you think of Purina products?
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