Written by: Dr. Joanna Hardy | April 23, 2019 |

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Formula Review

We take an in-depth look at the Divine Delights Formula recipes from Blue Buffalo. We chose and analyzed one product to serve as the representative for this line as a whole.

Overall Customer Rating:

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Blue Buffalo’s Divine Delights formula range has been created for small and toy breed dogs, offered in small single-serving ‘entrees’ which pack a big flavor [2].

This food is served in a variety of gourmet flavors, and is filled with meaty chunks and nutritious vegetable pieces in a rich gravy. It is bound to perk up meal times.

By looking at the ingredients, we'll dig into analyzing the quality of the food; something Blue Buffalo says they're proud of keeping high. If there is a high ratio of quality meat protein to low amounts of bulking starch ingredients, this is a sign of a quality recipe.

Does the Divine Delights formula belong in your dogs food bowl? Let’s find out!

Quick overview:

Comprises of 13 wet dog foods presented in cups.

Formulated for small breed dogs.

Comes in variety packaging offering an abundance of flavors.

Features high-quality beef in hearty gravy, plus carrots, potatoes and peas.

No chicken (or poultry) by-product meals, no wheat, soy, or corn. No artificial preservatives or flavors.

So: Does the Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Formula really pack the nutritious punch your little pooch needs? Let’s find out!

Featured Product

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Formula Review

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Formula Review Filet Mignon Gravy

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy formula comes conveniently in a single-serving ‘entrée’ cups, like the whole range of Divine Delights formulas, and can be bought either as the sole flavor or in a variety pack.

This recipe is formulated to create a gourmet meal for small and toy breed dogs which is nutritious, delicious and of the highest quality. Ahead we'll see if it in fact accomplishes this.

Since they are so small, the variety pack is a really beneficial touch, since it allows owners to experiment with flavors and their dogs to enjoy taste tasting an abundance of different food choices.

Blue Buffalo Blue's Stew Country Chicken recipe is by our standards a quality dog food, earning the second highest rating of 4 out of 5 paws on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.

Natural, gourmet flavor with real meat as the #1 ingredient.

High quality beef in a hearty gravy, mixed with vegetable.

No poultry by-product meals.

Based on a naturally wild diet, this protein-rich recipe caters to your little ones inner carnivore.

Made without corn, wheat, or soy.

No artificial colorants or preservatives.

Below we will look at some of the main ingredients which contribute to the diet.

Where to purchase:

List of all available recipes:

The Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Formula range comprises of 13 wet dog foods presented in cups.

Each listed formula specifies which AAFCO nutrient profile it is produced for: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified [1].

  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Porterhouse Flavor [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Prime Rib Flavor [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Top Sirloin Flavor in Juices [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Sausage, Egg and Cheese [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Angus Beef Flavor in Juices [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Juices [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Steak and Egg Flavor [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Grilled Chicken Flavor in Juices [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Roasted Turkey Flavor in Juices [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Bacon, Egg and Cheese [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights New York Strip Flavor in Gravy [M] [Cup]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy [M] [Cup]

Ingredient Analysis

Quick Peek of What's Inside

  • Quality

    Beef, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg

  • Questionable

    Natural Filet Mignon Flavor, Potato Starch, Cane Molasses

  • Potential Allergens

    Beef, Chicken, Dried Egg

DOG FOOD LABELING

In the United States, the guidelines for pet food ingredient labels are established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and individual state regulations.

The AAFCO requires that ingredients must be listed in descending order of weight (including water weight). This means that ingredients that appear at the top of the ingredient list — typically the main proteins, carbs, and fat sources — are present in higher amounts by weight in the food than items at the bottom.(2)

Although it is difficult to determine how much of an ingredient is actually in the food (due to high water content in meats and vegetables), you can assume that the first few ingredients are in the highest amounts. Therefore, the first few ingredients of a dog food can tell you a lot about the quality of the product.

FIRST FIVE INGREDIENTS

Since ingredients on dog food labels must be listed in descending order by weight, analyzing the first five ingredients has become a popular way of sifting the good from the bad at a glance. Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy formula includes the following ingredients. 

Beef & Beef Broth

The main protein in this recipe is beef, but also included are chicken and egg. These are all excellent quality sources of protein which will provide energy for an active lifestyle and aid in muscle development. Beef broth is of a low nutritional value; however, it adds moisture and a delicious taste to the food.

Chicken & Chicken Liver

Chicken liver is an organ which has been used instead of wasted. It is a protein source, but also an excellent source of iron, which is used in the creation of red blood cells. Chicken is a great source of protein. Egg and chicken are also very easy to digest, and easy on the stomach.

Carrots

To keep the eyes, skin and nerves healthy and in working order, carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A.

Other Ingredients

Potatoes are one of the main sources of carbohydrate in the recipe. They are a cheap vegetable to add, but contains plenty of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B and C, as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium and potassium.

Vitamin B aids in cell metabolism, vitamin C promotes a healthy immune system, magnesium is used in the formation of strong bones and teeth, and potassium helps keep the heart beating in a regular rhythm.

The main sources of fiber are peas. Fiber aids digestion, keeps the guts comfortable and helps maintain a normal consistency of the stools through control of water balance.

They are high in protein for a vegetable, at over 25%, which has to be kept in mind when working out how much of the protein content comes from meat sources.

Even though it is not very nutritional, potato starch has been added to the recipe. It is a cheap and natural thickener, and adds a little fiber.

Guar gum is also a thickening agent and stabilizer. It is highly soluble and easily digestible.

Blue Buffalo does not state what their natural fillet mignon flavor is based on or made out of, but it has been added for a delicious flavor.

Cane molasses is high in sugar, and complete unnecessary in dog foods. It can lead to obesity, hyperactivity, nervousness and tooth decay [3].

In addition to all these delicious ingredients, many additional minerals and ingredients have been added to ensure a healthy, balanced diet.

Listed ingredients: Beef, Beef Broth, Water, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Chicken, Potatoes, Dried Egg, Peas, Pea Flour, Potato Starch, Guar Gum, Natural Filet Mignon Flavor, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Cane Molasses, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9).

Nutrition Analysis

ⓘ All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website on April 2nd 2019. If something changed, please let us know.

Fatty Acids

[N/A] Omega-3 & [N/A] Omega-6

Major sources of energy. The Dog Food Project’s Sabine Contreras states: “Independent researcher Dr. Doug Bibus (formerly University of Minnesota) completed a fatty acid study with dogs and recommends a ratio between 2:1 and 4:1. Personally, I believe that a quality food should contain a ratio of at least 7:1, the lower the better, especially if skin and/or coat problems are present. When my dog suffered from severe flea allergy dermatitis I switched to a food with a ratio of 2.5:1 and had great results within just a few weeks.”

Metabolizable Energy

859 (ME in Kcal/kg)

ME is defined as the amount of energy available from pet food once the energy from feces, urine, and combustible gases has been subtracted. Essentially, ME is the energy left for your pet's body to use once all digestion is complete.

Note: That some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each dog food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product’s maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

ⓘ Nutritional information as published by the dog food manufacturer.

 

PROTEIN

0%

(minimum)
FAT

0%

(minimum)
FIBER

0%

(maximum)
CARBS

0%

N/A
ASH

0%

N/A
MOISTURE

0%

(maximum)

DRY MATTER ANALYSIS

ⓘ The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.

PROTEIN

0%

(minimum)
FAT

0%

(minimum)
FIBER

0%

(maximum)
CARBS

0%

N/A
ASH

0%

N/A
CALORIES

0

(kcal/kg dry matter)

CALORIE BREAKDOWN

Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy has approximately 85.9 calories per 100g (24.3 calories/ounce) or 85 kcals/bowl. The percentages of proteins, carbohydrates and fats are not disclosed by Blue Buffalo.

VITAMINS, MINERALS & OTHERS

To ensure a healthy, balanced diet, vitamins and minerals have been added. The following displays whether the nutrients are present (Y) or not (N) in the Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy recipe.

Vitamins & Others

Biotin

Choline

Folic Acid

Niacin

Pantothenic Acid

Pyridoxine

Riboflavin

Taurine

Thiamine

Vitamin A

Vitamin B12

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Micro-Minerals

Calcium

Chloride

Magnesium

Phosphorus

Potassium

Sodium

Macro-Minerals

Chromium

Cobalt

Fluorine

Copper

Iodine

Iron

Manganese

Molybdenum

Selenium

Silicon

Zinc

Sulfur

Customer Sentiment

What do the customers say about Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy formula?

On average, about 75% of reviewers left a 5-star review and most of the comments on the product are very positive. The most frequent comment was based on taste. Many people said their dogs loved the food and ate it quickly when it was given to them.

But these are very small packages, so "ate it quickly" shouldn't be given too much weight, as a hungry dog could easily down one of these cups in a heartbeat.

Several people mentioned how excited their dogs became when they took out the food, jumping around like a puppy. Which is a better indicator of desire on the dogs behalf.

A few negative reviews mentioned that the food has a strong odor to it and it has a mushy texture, which whilst neither were off-putting to the dogs, it was not a nice product to handle when serving up from the owners perspective. The price we pay, eh?

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Final Verdict on Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Formula

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Formula Review Filet Mignon Gravy

After taking an in-depth look at the Divine Delights Formula from Blue Buffalo and the Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy  recipe specifically, we do recommend this product line for owners looking to give their small dogs a serving of big flavor.

The Divine Delights pack a punch in such small cups. As you saw from the nutrition analysis above, it packs 4,772 kcal/kg on a dry matter basis, as well as 44.4% protein. Talk about wholesome goodness to keep them coming back for more!

The numbers above are a result of real meat being used as the first ingredient. But also, it's what is not in the food that is crucial, and this formula leaves out all the negative stuff while focusing on including only nutritious options, just the way nature intended it.

Meal frequency: Feed 2 to 3 bowls per 6 to 8 lbs. of body weight per day. Be sure to refrigerate after opening for preservation.

Sizes: Available in 3.5-oz. trays.

In a few words: A natural wet dog food for small breeds, enhanced with vitamins & minerals.

Overall a very scrumptious and nutritious small breed dog food. This recipe in particular is just one of the many offered from this line, that have a way of enticing hunger and perking up mealtime.

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Citations

  1. Dzanis, D.A., 1994. The Association of American Feed Control Officials dog and cat food nutrient profiles: Substantiation of nutritional adequacy of complete and balanced pet foods in the United States. The Journal of nutrition, 124(suppl_12), pp.2535S-2539S.
  2. Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Filet Mignon Formula - https://bluebuffalo.com/natural-dog-food/wet-food/divine-delights-filet-mignon-hearty-gravy/
  3. Dog Food Project Foods to Avoid - http://www.dogfoodproject.com/?page=badingredients

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About the Author

Dr. Joanna Hardy

Dr. Joanna Hardy

Dr. Joanna de Klerk, BVetMed (hons) MScTAH MRCVS or simply, Jo. Graduated from the prestigious Royal Veterinary College in London and works as a veterinarian for dogs, cats and horses. She has a particular interest in nutrition, pain management, neurological disorders and welfare. She has written two books 'Tales from a Young Vet' and 'Tales from a Wild Vet', and enjoys volunteering as a vet for various charities, from which tales are recounted in the books. She has two dogs, a nutty Springer Spaniel, and a shy little Yorkshire Terrier, and in her spare time enjoys walking, horseback riding and music.

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