Having lived in Minnesota my whole life, I vividly remember the Super Bowl parties my parents threw in the late 1970s. Fran Tarkenton and Bud Grant were every kid’s heroes, and one of my grade school friends became quite a celebrity when we learned that Alan Page was her uncle. Sadly, those trips to the Super Bowl didn’t end well for the Vikings.
In January 1999, my family and I watched Gary Anderson—the first kicker in NFL history to go an entire regular season without a miss, who hit 39 straight field goals and went 67-for-67 on extra points—juuuust hook one to the left in the last minutes of the NFC championship game, sending Atlanta to the Superbowl instead of us. That moment forever solidified my status as a baseball-only fan.
My husband, who grew up in Chicago, long ago changed his baseball allegiance to the Twins, but he remains a die-hard Bears fan, for better or worse. Last Sunday would be an example of the worse.
In spite of our painful memories of football games past, we always manage to make it to a Super Bowl party somewhere. Even if it’s only for the food. DQ cake anyone?
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!
Hey fans, the clock is ticking… Only a few more days of the 25 flavors for 25 years menu! It was an awesome ride, but all good things must come to an end. So for the next few days, it’s time to live it up, fans. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to make it my goal to try all 25, again, for the third time. Just think, this ginormous menu might not be back for another 25 years!
What are you doing? Stop reading this and get to your local DQ. The clock is ticking…
But, since you’re still here. What was your favorite Blizzard Treat on the 25 flavors menu?
Last holiday season, I wrote about Larry Lion, one of my favorite childhood toys I received at Christmas. This year, as I sit and ponder past Christmas memories, I remember receiving a fantastic game one year called “Battling Tops” that I absolutely loved to play with my family.
Battling Tops was relatively simplistic in design and strategy made by the geniuses at Mattel. It consisted of a shallow, bowl-shaped playing surface and tops with such names as “Dizzy Dean,” “Hurricane Hank,” “Cyclone Steve” and “Tricky Nicky” which you wound around a string and the players would pull or “rip” their strings to propel their tops onto the playing surface or “arena”. I loved watching the tops dance and buzz around knocking each other all over the place. The last top standing won the round and that player would receive a point. The first player to win 10 rounds reigned supreme.
A few years ago, after seeing other classic games of my youth such as “Kurplunk,” and “Operation,” reappear in the isles of toy stores, I hoped to find “Battling Tops” on the shelves there as well so I could introduce the game to my two boys. However, after seemingly endless searches that resulted in nothing but disappointment, I continued my hunt via the Internet. After searching for awhile, I found an original version of the game for sale on Ebay for aboout $100. To my dismay, I figured I would have to just continue telling my boys how much fun it was and hoping one day Mattel would again reissue it.
Recently, my youngest son informed me that his elementary school was having a “garage sale” as a fundraiser and asked for some money to purchase an item or two. Thinking he’d buy the typical stuffed animal or other such item, I sent him off to school with a couple of bucks. When I got home that evening, he was waiting for me at the door with a huge smile on his face. He quickly grabbed his back pack and from it, unveiled his purchase – “Battling Tops” for the bargain basement price of $.50. It didn’t take us long to get set it up and begin play. Since that day we have had some great games filled with a ton laughter and fun. It’s been great to relive some of the same memories I had as a child with my family.
How about you? Have any games from your past that you have introduced to your family?
We wish you and yours all the joys and memories this holiday season brings!
American Dairy Queen Corporation prides itself on being a caring company. Not only do our customers love us for our amazing food and delicious treats, but they also appreciate how we support the communities in which we live, work and do business!
Just a few weeks ago, ADQ sponsored the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Not only did mentors and their Littles enjoy an afternoon of bowling and Dilly® bars– they raised funds to support the organization too! Sue, a DQ employee, was recognized as the third-highest fundraiser, and raised enough to support a Big Brothers Big Sisters Match for a year!