You see, one of the many advantages to the luxurious reporter lifestyle — besides the liveried footmen in the lunchroom and the complimentary limo rides to the restroom — is that people want to send you products.
Although I usually delete these product pitches, some seem too unusual to ignore. In this case, I opted to test some new, extremely fancy cookies for dogs. Because, let’s face it, few animals are as discriminating as one that will happily eat a fossilized hot dog that rolled under the bushes two weeks ago during the family barbecue.
They contain human-grade ingredients like yogurt, honey, coconut oil and oat flour. They are made in the U.S. and free of preservatives, wheat or corn.
The cookies come in six fancy flavors: vanilla, mint, lavender, strawberry, rose and collagen. (Ahhh! Remember the good old days when you would come home from school and mom would pull a pan of hot, fresh-baked cookies out of the oven? “What kind are they?” you would ask. “You’re in luck!” mom would yell. “They’re collagen!”)
Bonne et Filou cookies have lovely packaging. Tammy Swift / The Forum
The macarons arrive in cunning little white boxes with gold-stamped lettering and pastel labels. It’s very posh and impressive — like getting dessert from Tiffany’s.
And the cookies themselves are adorable: They look exactly like human macarons, with a thin layer of flavored, pastel-tinted cream sandwiched between the biscuits.
Official taste-tester Wally seemed very intrigued by these cookies, and did a lot of sniffing and licking as he tried to find the best way to “eat prey, love.” However, I couldn’t get him to actually ingest one. Even if these cookies look like macarons, they are sandwiched in hard dog biscuits, not melt-in-your-muzzle meringue.
Wally seemed intrigued by the Bonne et Filou macarons, but didn’t exactly gobble them up. Tammy Swift / The Forum
As per the company’s promotional materials, I cut them up for my smaller dog. I twisted the cookie apart, Oreo-style, to reveal the flavored cream inside. Then I used a sharp kitchen knife to try to cut each half into quarters. Unfortunately, they were so hard that they shattered into cookie rubble.
As Wally was watching me suspiciously, I took one for the team and actually sampled a tiny piece of mint macaron. (Don’t judge me! Human-grade ingredients!) They were surprisingly palatable — slightly sweet, mildly minty, yogurt-based “cream” on a hard cookie. They definitely took care of my doggie breath and made my coat nice and shiny.
Wally seemed much more interested in the crumbled cookies and ate a few pieces. I left them out all day and he grazed on them between meals. He never did finish the macarons, though. I honestly think the biscuits were too hard for him, as he’s a 14-pound dog and not much of a chewer. However, a larger dog or an aggressive chewer — like an older, teething large-breed puppy — might really dig these.
I’m not as sure how many owners would like the price, which starts at $21.59 per box of six cookies. For that amount, you could buy a big box of Milk-Bones for your dog and a box of Walkers Shortbread for yourself.
But if you have a very posh dog with powerful jaws and a taste for rose-flavored snacks, you might want to give these mutt-friendly macarons a try. Find them at www.bonneetfilou.com.