Last year I committed to joining a gym and to stopping using text messaging as my primary form of communication. I can proudly say that one of those two actually lasted! This year I’ve taken the plunge along with millions of other Americans to shed some pounds and become a healthier person. Boring, I know, but necessary nonetheless.
The odds are still against me. Statistics show that only 64% of people make it past the one month marker. And? I work at the DQ® corporate headquarters. I mean, who would pass up the chance to try new eats and treats? It wasn’t until I recently became calorie conscious that I realized DQ and Orange Julius® locations both offer a handful of tasty, calorie-conscious items. Below are a few of my favorites!
I love, LOVE the Orange Julius Light Smoothie,s and for the month of January and February you can get my absolute favorite flavor, Pineapple Berry Daylight™. It’s blended fresh with pineapple, strawberries and orange juice, and only has 120 calories in a 12 oz. size. It’s featured for a limited time, so enjoy it while you can! I would consider any of the other Light Smoothie flavors tasty snacks too.
One of my all-time favorite DQ treats, the DQ sandwich, has only 190 calories. Other lighter treat options include the Cherry StarKiss® bar at 80 calories and the No Sugar-Added Fudge Bars, which are only 50 calories each (but they taste like they have a lot more). And if I simply MUST have a Blizzard Treat, the new Mini Blizzard Treat lets me indulge in my favorite flavor without over-doing it.
Cheers to the new year and to hoping you stick to your goals as long as I stick to mine!
You can check out the DQ nutrition calculator at dq.com or visit orangejulius.com for more information!
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.
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…
I don’t know about all of you but I love hot dogs. I love foot-long hot dogs from the Minnesota State Fair, I like a Ball Park frank at the game, and I like them fully loaded in Chicago. However, my favorite hot dog, and I’m not just saying this because they pay me to, is a DQ®/OJ 100% all-beef hot dog (shout out to Eric Hughes!). DQ and Orange Julius® stores have awesome dogs topped just about any way you can think of. Click on the video to see for yourself:
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.
Honestly, name one thing that marshmallows don’t make better. Eating dry Lucky Charms® cereal, I’m in heaven. That tiny little leprechaun tricked me into eating the vitamin-packed cereal part by offering up tiny bits of heaven in the shape of rainbows and pots of gold. (Please, don’t e-mail to say that this would be a good Blizzard® flavor. People tell us that all the time, we’ve tried it, it’s not. I promise.)
I love marshmallows.
Did you know that marshmallows actually started out in ancient Egypt as a medicinal candy used to soothe the throats of children? I didn’t either, I Googled it. I would have faked sick a lot more growing up if my medicine was marshmallows!
One of my all-time favorite DQ® treats is a sundae with cocoa fudge and marshmallow toppings. However, I’ve recently branched out and tried marshmallow and peanut butter, marshmallow and strawberry, and even marshmallow and mint, which I very much do NOT recommend you try. The mere thought of eating that one nearly makes me lose my Lucky Charms.
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The DQ® headquarters receives many complimentary letters from customers happy about products, promotions and other DQ-related news. We recently heard from a woman who was proud to tell us that over the last 18 months she had lost 87 pounds. While amazing all on its own, she wanted to thank the DQ system for helping her lose weight. That is something I don’t hear every day.
She says she has been eating the DQ Grilled Chicken Wrap with lettuce only as a part of her 1,000-1,200 calorie daily diet, and loving it. She calls her local restaurant employees her “Cheer Team” because when she orders at the drive-thru window, they know it’s her as soon as they hear the order. They are also proud of her progress.
What a cool story. It is an example of a woman who has lost a significant amount of weight by watching what she eats. And, while she is obviously serious about watching her weight, she also makes a point to reward herself every week or two with a small vanilla cone. She says it is something that she looks forward to, and is also an incentive to continue to meet her weight loss goals.
It finally got to the point of absurdity when I realized I was LOL’ing at EVERYTHING. What a super cute picture of your dog, LOL. I’m going for a run, LOL. Who doesn’t like rice krispie bars, LOL. Insert random statement here, LOL. Honestly, it got to the point where peers and colleagues started to call me out on my LOL’ness.
At one point, after sending a colleague an e-mail with “LOL” at the end, she walks over and says, “You didn’t LOL, I heardyou not LOL.” Well no, technically I guess I hadn’t. Then it dawned on me, remember when you were younger and you would say, “that was so funny I forgot to laugh?” Had I actually forgotten how to laugh?
Never one to shy away from a compliment, I think I’m hilarious and want other people to as well. Do I LOL to encourage their laughter after something I’m not positive is funny enough to invoke a laugh on its own? I should have been typing “LOL?”
After realizing I wasn’t really LOL’ing I had to change it up when I was ACTUALLY laughing out loud because nobody trusted me anymore, I was like the boy who cried wolf. Hence, LOLA. Now people know I’m ACTUALLY laughing at something I find amusing. While the rest of text lingo hasn’t made an impression on me, I wouldn’t doubt the induction of LOLA into Merriam Webster Dictionary in the near future.
All of this LOL’ing has made me hungry; second Blizzard Treat® in two days? Don’t mind if I do. LOLA!
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of our DQ®Operation Happy Birthday contest. We asked you to submit a creative video of yourself wishing our signature Blizzard® Treat a “Happy Birthday,” and boy, did you deliver! It was exciting to receive so many great entries to review. You made it quite hard to choose the top three! But remember, everyone who entered is a winner and will receive a $25.00 gift card just for participating!
So, without further ado, the three top videos are:
First Place – $250.00 Dairy Queen® Gift Card
Matthew Eckert, Pennsylvania
Second Place – $150.00 Dairy Queen Gift Card
Quinn Prunty, Maryland
Third Place – $50.00 Dairy Queen Gift Card
Casey McClarnon, Minnesota