WOW! We absolutely delighted to hear how much everyone loves the Yule Flip Peppermint Chip and Candy Cane Chill Blizzard Treats we’ve offered in the past. AND we are so sorry to have disappointed all our peppermint fans! I know we’ve responded to several of you individually and on a few of the blog threads.
We want all of you to know that we hear you, loud and clear.
Right now we do have the Mint Oreo® Blizzard® treat available in stores (although we really do understand that it isn’t the same…) and have plans to feature a mint-flavored Blizzard of the Month in December 2011.
As a mom trying to buy Christmas gifts on a limited budget, for many years I was one of those crazy people who would get up at 4 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving to shop for Black Friday bargains. My kids are grown now, and the idea of standing in line in a dark, freezing-cold toy store parking lot to score a $5 Furby has lost most of its appeal. Lately I’ve switched my post-Thanksgiving shopping to online and never looked back. Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I can knock out my gift list from comfort of my own home (jammies optional).
Today, “Cyber Monday,” is the day when online shoppers like me get serious about ordering Christmas gifts. And while I always knew DQ® gift cards make can’t-miss gifts, for some reason I thought I had to visit a DQ location to buy them. It wasn’t until today, when our own Webmaster Jamie enlightened me, that learned I can order DQ gift cards online at DQ.com. I can choose an amount, choose a design, and even add a personalized message. And I can do it all without leaving the house.
Although… now that I think about it, if I order gift cards online, then I can’t get a Blizzard® Treat for myself while I’m there.
Excuse me, I need to go change out of my jammies now…
I was back in the Chicagoland area this past September, and had a chance to take my youngest daughter to the DQ store my family used to go to when I was a girl. Such memories – and it hasn’t changed much. When I was younger it was out in the middle of no place – of course everything has built up around it. We moved from that area when I was 10…so it feels as if it has been a couple of lifetimes since I’d been there.
Mom and Dad always made trips to the DQ store a special treat. We didn’t go too often – but on a hot summer night, nothing beat a DQ treat. Usually we got cones or sundaes – though I remember Mr. Misty’s (now our Arctic Rush), DQ Push-Ups (Do any of you remember the pushups???) and root beer floats. If we were really good, or had done something special, we could order the BIGGEST item on the menu – the Banana Split.
Of course we took photos. My daughter just laughs at me – and then poses for the photo. This one is one of my favorites. Right up there with photos of us at the World’s Largest Frying Pan, The Field of Dreams and the Spam Can…
This summer my husband and I went to a pool party at our friends’ house. Every one was to bring a dish to pass – and we’d been working hard in the yard all weekend. No time to prepare anything. So my husband said, “Hey! Let’s take some DQ® treats.” Well, you can imagine I loved the idea too; it was easy and DQ does all the work. We picked up a couple boxes of Dilly Bars, some no-sugar added Fudge Bars, and a box of Buster Bars.
Now, I know, everyone likes DQ treats – but I was completely unprepared for the response we got to the Buster Bars. It was the hands down favorite. “Everybody loves Buster Bars.” “I’ll have a Buster Bar – they’re the best.” “Buster Bars? I love Buster Bars!”
I usually take Dilly Bars when I bring a box of DQ treats… next time, I’m bringing the Buster Bars.
How would you like to win 10 FREE MINI Blizzard® Treats? Well these 50 people won 10 Free Mini Blizzard treats for checking in via FourSquare at their local Dairy Queen® store on 10/10/10. Thank you to everyone who checked in, and congrats to all of our winners!
Seventy years ago this week (June 22, 1940, to be exact) a dream became reality as the Dairy Queen® system was born. Sherb Noble, our first DQ® franchisee, officially opened his DQ location in Joliet, Ill. Little did Sherb know at that time that his Dairy Queen store–aptly named for the creamy soft serve he offered, which was a “queen” among dairy products and the epitome of freshness and wholesomeness–would grow into a chain of more than 5,700 restaurants in 18 countries outside the U.S and Canada. Or that the menu solely consisting of cones, sundaes and take-home pints would be expanded over the years to include a vast array of irresistible soft serve items and delicious hot food offerings.
Last Tuesday, during a ceremony that took place at a DQ location in downtown Chicago, members of the Noble family were presented a proclamation by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who declared it “DQ Day” throughout the state in honor of the system’s 70th birthday. Although Sherb has passed on, his two daughters, Susan and Christie, were both in attendance to hear and accept the proclamation.
All of us associated with the Dairy Queen system are indebted to Sherb and the other early DQ pioneers for the rich heritage and legacy they left behind. Their entrepreneurial spirit and standard for providing quality products and service to all of our loyal customers who have come to know and love the brand is still alive today.
My oldest daughter graduated from high school two weeks ago. In spite of a less-than-ideal weather forecast, the commencement ceremony took place outdoors as planned, and while the light rain that fell was not enough to make all of us seated in the bleachers truly miserable, it was just enough for most of the speeches to be cut short. Not necessarily a bad thing.
I was having mixed feelings about it all, of course. I’m proud of my daughter, obviously, and happy that she’ll be forging ahead into all kinds of new adventures. But as the mom who, four years ago during parent orientation at the high school, sat in a dark back corner of the auditorium wiping away tears in anticipation of this very event, it was also a difficult day.
The same goes for last Tuesday when I took a day trip with my graduate to the college she will be attending this fall. She was there to spend the day taking placement exams and registering for her first semester classes, but when we arrived on campus that morning, it took nearly all the willpower I could muster not to toss my child into the trunk of my car and take her back home immediately. Fortunately, she seems to find my copious need for tissues more amusing than annoying. I think we’re both a little surprised at just how emotional this process is turning out to be.
Before we hit the road that morning, my husband, who is very organized when it comes to all things travel related, kindly printed out directions and a map to the college for me, and had marked the map with notes: “Turn left and then a quick right.” “Don’t miss this exit or you’ll end up on the road to nowhere!” and (with an arrow) “DQ® here.”
That last one was especially helpful. Because while I’m not normally one to advocate self-medicating through soft serve, desperate times call for desperate measures. And in this case, desperate measures equal a Banana Cream Pie Blizzard® Treat.
As it turns out, there are a quite few DQ locations between home and my daughter’s new school. I noticed several of the familiar ellipse signs along the way, which is very reassuring. I have a feeling that in a couple of months, when I make that first return trip home without her, I’m going to need every one of them.