Here at the Dairy Queen® corporate headquarters, we keep a permanent archive of historical photographs, uniforms, advertisements and other fun things. As I was poking around one day recently, I stumbled across an item I’ve never seen before, circa 1976:
Well, unless you just don’t really care whether or not a rodent wakes up from his slumber to make an appearance determining whether or not YOU have to deal with six more weeks of winter or only six weeks until spring…
…Wait a second. Six more weeks of winter or only six weeks until spring? Well, that’s the same thing! Are you trying to tell me that Groundhog Day is made up and doesn’t really mean anything?! I suppose next you’re going to tell me there isn’t an Easter Bunny…
All of this being said, I’m sure someone, somewhere down the line, decided it’d be fun to make up a holiday to signify the coming of spring. Personally I wouldn’t have included aforementioned rodent but, that’s neither here nor there. When I first started dating my husband he told me we had to go to dinner at his parents’ house for “Kids’ Day.” I asked him just exactly what THAT was. He told me it is a holiday on his maternal grandfather’s birthday that his mom made up because his grandpa loved kids. Right.
Not one to turn down a free meal and candy, I was more than happy to partake in Kids’ Day. And thus, the tradition continues.
Do you have any special occasions in your family that, while real to you, are made up to the rest of us? And how do you celebrate?
I have become the official DQ® Cake purchaser for family members’ birthdays. Recently I was asked to bring one to a party where we were celebrating the birthdays of one of my sisters and my two nephews. My goal was to get a DQ Blizzard® Cake that would appeal to all 14 party goers and not be decorated either too feminine or too masculine. I called my local DQ restaurant for assistance. It didn’t take more than a minute to decide on a 10-inch Heath Bar® Blizzard Cake with “Happy Birthday” and all three names on it. It was as simple as can be.
When I stopped by the restaurant a few days later to pick up the cake, it looked perfect. I arrived at the birthday party and was soon considered to be the hero of the day, just for bringing a DQ Blizzard Cake. People could not stop talking about it. The process to choose and purchase the cake was so easy, but the way everyone at the party raved about it, you would have thought I spent hours making and decorating the cake myself.
Next time you need to bring a dessert to an occasion, consider a DQ Cake. Everyone will thank you for the special treat!
So the last Thursday of every month we are going to deem “Throwback Thursday”. Maybe we’ll share an old product, perhaps nostalgic merchandise or vintage photos, anything in our archives or from our fans is fair game. This week I’m paying respect to the Mr. Misty®. As a child of the 80′s and 90′s, I spent many summer nights sipping a grape flavored Mr. Misty… usually adding vanilla soft-serve and making a Mr. Misty float (the BEST!). I came across this old product poster and it sent me right back to my younger days. Does this look familiar to anyone else?!?
The Blizzard® of the Month for November is Caramel Nut Roll! Vote on our poll for how many spoons you would give this Blizzard flavor, this month we are giving away the brand new game “The Logo Board Game” from Spin Master that features the DQ® brand. See the video for the trivia question.
Check out the video to see the new rating and trivia question!
Does anyone else agree with me that there doesn’t need to be a dedicated day for cranky co-workers? Yes, true story it’s one of those crazy days of recognition that exists. I mean, maybe it’s me but it seems you can come across this everyday if you’d like. Of course it’s rarely ever you that is cranky, crabby, or less than cheery but on those ever so occasional days when it happens, what cheers you up? For me it can be something as little as a coffee break, hot fudge DQ milkshake or lunch out with friends.
I heard from a loyal DQ® customer who has been running triathlons with his friend since 1988. They had created a DQ tradition—to stop at every DQ store on their way home from the faraway races to get a Blizzard® Treat to celebrate accomplishing their feat. Since then, they have committed every single summer to always include a Tour de Dairy Queen® road trip with a little friendly competition in a small-town triathlon thrown in for good measure.
To date, they have completed 19 trips and consumed 85 treats each. They did make a major modification to the rules in 1991 however. After spending three hours hunting down a DQ store in one area, they decided that one stop in a major metropolitan area would count as an official stop.
Another time, a friend gave them a list to help map out the DQ stops well in advance of the race. One summer they even took a detour home because the longer route had considerably more stores. They admit that their number one reason for the endeavors is for the fitness, but appreciate that they have found a way to make fitness and DQ treats go hand in hand.
The Blizzard® of the Month for October is Pumpkin Pie! Vote on our poll for how many spoons you would give this Blizzard flavor and because I love this Blizzard so much I broke my own rules and create an all new “spoon rating”. Check out the video to see the new rating!
More fun for our Facebook Fans out thar – did you know you could set your facebook page language t’ English (pirate)? You can change your language under your account settin’s… only if you’re brave enough t’ try — and willin’ t’ navigate aft!