Growing up in a small town in Ontario, Canada, there were few choices to go to for great burgers, fries, hot dogs and of course, delicious treats. There was a DQ® location in our town however, and some of my happiest memories are of visiting the restaurant with my family.
Our DQ restaurant wasn’t very big, and it was always packed. I can remember sitting in a booth with my sister to save it while our parents ordered, waiting with anticipation to see what sweet treat we’d get to finish our meal with. Dip Cones and Mr. Misty® slushes (now called Arctic Rush®) were my favourites, while my parents often enjoyed sundaes.
As a teen, my friends and I would visit the DQ location, and by then Blizzard® Treats had been introduced. We often indulged in these tasty treats and had a hard time choosing a favorite flavor. As a young adult, one of my best friends and I would often head to the DQ restaurant for Peanut Buster® Parfaits to lament over our latest heartbreak or to catch up on gossip. They always seemed to make us feel better.
Although there are DQ restaurants in bigger Canadian cities, it seems to really strike a chord with people from small towns. Today, when I mention that I work for Dairy Queen Canada, I always get a smile, curious questions like, “Do you get free treats?” And, most often, stories and memories about their favorite DQ locations.
The DQ system was a big part of my life growing up and I’m very fortunate to be creating happy DQ memories as an adult and have a job that I’m truly happy to go to every day.
What are some of your best DQ memories?