Dairy Queen, or DQ as it is popularly called, introduced the world to the yummy invention of soft serve ice cream. DQ’s signature offering is the Blizzard, which consists of creamy soft serve mechanically blended with the customer’s choice of candy or cookie bits. Some of the more popular Blizzard flavors are M&M’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Butterfinger, and chocolate chip cookie dough. DQ also offer such seasonal flavors as pumpkin pie and lemon meringue pie. Each order is served upside down as proof of its rich, creamy goodness. Aside from frozen treats, Dairy Queen’s “Fan Food, not Fast Food” menu features burgers, fried chicken, hotdogs and French fries. Below are some awesome DQ deals and discounts to check out:
The DQ Blizzard Fan Club
Dubbed by DQ as “The sweetest club in the solar system,” signing up on the Dairy Queen official website membership gets you a “Buy One, Get One Free” Blizzard treat coupon. You’ll also receive perks like a special treat coupon for your birthday and anniversary as well as monthly emails about store events, promos, and announcements. You’re sure to be one of the first to find out the current Blizzard of the Month flavor.
$4.99 Original Chicken Strips Basket
This offer is available for a limited time only at participating locations. The basket includes four all-tenderloin white meat fried chicken strips. It is served with Texas toast, crispy fries, and your choice of dipping sauce—you can never go wrong with country gravy!
Check the DQ menu for affordable student meal deals; these offers are usually packaged as lunch combos. Also, select DQ operators provide discount cards to high school and college students.
Local community partnerships
Dairy Queen operators may grant product donation requests for worthy community events, such as charity drives, class projects, or graduation parties. Restaurant sites may also be available for guided tours as part of an educational field trip; after a visit to each area, the students get to make—and eat—their own DQ cone. The approval of any request is at the discretion of individual operators, as DQ store locations are individually owned and operated.
About Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen’s story began in 1938, when Grandpa McCullough and his son held a 10-cent “all you can eat” trial sale of their yet unnamed product at a friend’s walk-in ice cream store in Green River, Illinois. More than 1,600 servings of the then-novel dessert were dished out within two hours. The popularity of the new dessert convinced the McColloughs and Sherb Noble (the owner of the walk-in ice cream store) to open the first Dairy Queen store less than two years after the phenomenal debut of the McCullough’s soft serve ice cream formula. The first store opened for business in Joliet, Illinois on June 22, 1940.
After the end of World War II, the McColloughs realized that instead of owning and operating every Dairy Queen store themselves, they could simply sell the rights to operate DQ stores in other locations. Thus, the company became one of the earliest pioneers of the food franchise business model. At present, the DQ system has become one of the largest fast food enterprises in the world, with more than 6,000 locations in 18 other countries aside from the United States and Canada.
Menu offerings among the different DQ stores can vary. While the majority of locations (especially in the US and Canada) offer the full fast food menu, some have very abbreviated menus that only feature DQ frozen treats.