Fall, autumn—whatever you call it, I love it. There’s just so much to do and so little extreme weather to keep me from doing it. On crisp fall afternoons, you can find me picking apples or going on hayrides—and afterward you’ll find me at a DQ® store. In fact, last week when I got ridiculously lost in a corn maze, it was my beloved Blizzard® Treat that came to my rescue. I was wandering helplessly, walls of cornhusks taunting me at every dead end. Five minutes turned into a half-hour, which turned into—okay, it was probably only like 10 minutes, but it felt like days! And the thing that kept me searching for the exit was a craving for vanilla soft serve blended with chewy Snickers® pieces. I followed that thought like a sweet, creamy beacon in the middle of a storm and finally found my way out. So what’s your favorite fall activity?
After five months of tasty trips to DQ® and countless check-ins by dedicated teams, the OREO® Blizzard 100 is finally over. Valiant cookie-loving competitors passed the 100-check-in mark to be entered in a drawing for $100,000. And the grand prize winner is *drumroll, drumroll, drumroll* Stacey Davis! Congratulations, Stacey! That chunk of cash will buy you a lot of Blizzard Treats, not to mention gold-plated spoons and silk napkins so you can eat them all fancily. (If $100k gets you more treats than you can tackle, I am available.)
Friends, I’m gearing up for my annual pumpkin carving party. I’ve got all the necessary tools, plenty of newspaper for easy cleanup and a Halloween-themed playlist (truth: it’s just “Monster Mash” on repeat). It’s going to be a blast. The only downside is you never get to eat those pumpkins! Enter the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard® Treat. This Blizzard of the Month is the perfect carving party capper: pumpkin pie blended with vanilla soft serve, crowned with whipped topping and a sprinkle of nutmeg. It’ll satisfy your pumpkin craving and keep you in the cobweb-hanging, scarecrow-stuffing, Monster-Mashing mood.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the wisdom we’ve gained from our teachers. Without their know-how, how could we calculate how many Blizzard® Treats we could buy with the random assortment of change in our glove compartments? Or understand the physics behind the upside-down cup trick? Or compose an ode to our favorite treats in iambic pentameter? We have a lot to thank them for. Luckily for us, Friday, October 5 is World Teachers Day. If you’re looking for a way to tell your favorite mentor, “Thanks, I never could’ve multiplied those fractions without you,” why not get them a DQ® gift card? It sure beats clapping erasers after class.
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?
Summer is winding down, and after an especially long, hot one here in Minneapolis, I’m very happy that cooler days are upon us.
But even so, when I came across this 1960s-era photo in our archives, it made me nostalgic for summer in a time and place I’ve never been:
Anybody recognize any of those cars in the parking lot?
In honor of school starting up again, here’s a pop quiz. Get out your #2 pencil, your protractor and your bright-red spoon. Your score on this quiz will account for 100% of your grade, but extra credit will be readily available throughout the semester in the form of Blizzard Treats presented to your teacher. (That’s me.) You have until the bell rings for recess. Go!
Everyone is thrilled it is back-to-school time again…
Businesses have sales – and lots of them! Deals for everyone.
Kids 5 to 18– hey! You get to see your buddies again, and everyone loves homework! For college kids – you’re off on your own, tasting independence (kind of), learning amazing things and nearing the point when you can start the rest of your life! Parents… The kids are at school or college!
OK. I know in reality not everyone is thrilled…not even all parents. In my family we have only one college…no more high school, no more elementary school…. It’s such a strange place to be – though we all seem to be adjusting just fine to the changes. I did find myself wandering the aisles of the school supplies at stores wondering if there might just be something we need this year….
Do you remember the first time you didn’t have to go back to school and September rolled around?
What do you get the cookie that has everything? That’s the pickle I’m in, what with the OREO® cookie turning 100. All my usual go-to presents—chocolaty cookies, delectable cream, the adoration of children and adults alike—don’t really work here. DQ® had a great idea: celebrate the classic cookie by declaring its namesake treat the Blizzard® of the Month! A whole month spent honoring OREO® cookie pieces crumbled and tumbled with creamy vanilla soft serve. Genius. Wish I’d thought of it. But I didn’t, so… do you think OREO® would like a nice pair of socks?
I recently received a nice email from a couple, Barbara and A.B., who eat at their local DQ® store in Georgia almost every single day. Their love for the brand goes back more than 51 years, which is also as long as they have been married. When they started dating in the ’50s, they would go on Sunday drives to the north Georgia mountains and end their date with a special DQ treat—a Dilly® Bar for Barbara and a dip cone for A.B. Now they enjoy meeting their friends for lunch at their local DQ store several times a week. They often end their meal with a half chocolate, half strawberry sundae, which they share.
How long have you been visiting your local DQ store?