I have two favorite memories of spring break. They stand out because most of my breaks were quiet, lay-around-the-house lazy days. The first was during my first year of college – my grandparents offered a week at their place in Brownsville, Texas. A free trip? I was IN, and I had a great time! They planned a day trip for me to South Padre Island with other “young people” – wonderful fun. My favorite memories, though, were really of the time I spent with my grandparents. We crossed into Matamoros, Mexico, went to the zoo in Brownsville, and had an evening or two out with their friends. I was given the opportunity to spend time with them, all by myself. Memories I treasure now that Grandpa is gone.
The other was with my son a couple of years ago when his high school choir went to Spain. What an opportunity – absolutely BEAUTIFUL country. My mother and I were able to tag along with the kids on their trip. Unbelievable music in the most amazing venues. I learned Mom and I could travel well together, and I loved being there with my son to see him and his friends enjoy the opportunities before them. Now he’s off to college, and, again, I’ve got those great memories.
Both of those trips were a bit unconventional when you think of spring break and the kinds of vacations people usually plan. Here we are in another unconventional year – and big trips may not be an option for many. What to do instead? Whether you’re a college student or a family looking for something to do, there are lots of options for you! Explore your community or your county; think of places that you might only take visitors to see. Why wait? Does your family have a cabin? Movie or game nights at home?
A trip to a DQ® restaurant can be a great way to brighten a long week at home! Try our Sweet Deals menu for dinner, or a Blizzard® Cake would make a perfect treat for game night…and our Blizzard of the Month might just be the best treat while watching movies at home.
Even though it’s been more than 20 years since I entered the hallowed halls of a college institution, I still remember when, during the first day of a semester of class, my philosophy professor introduced himself to the stundents and asked each of us this question:“If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?”
To this day, I am still perplexed by that rather odd, seemingly random inquiry.However, I guess it worked as an ice breaker, and I somehow felt more secure sitting among all the oaks and walnut trees in that class.
As the Dairy Queen® system embarks on our first-ever value menu (better known as Sweet Deals), which is intended to save you some hard earned cash and give you the ability to exercise your freedom of choice, I would like to pose a similar question:
If you could magically turn yourself into one of the nine deliciously irresistible, scrumptiously tantalizing items on our Sweet Deals menu, which soft serve or hot food product would you choose to be and why? Please remember, penmanship and creativity count!
While you ponder, check out the latest Sweet Deals Commercial:
You may have heard of scuba divers getting married underwater, or daring couples saying “I do” while skydiving, but you probably have never heard of a wedding with this unique twist.On Feb. 21, 2009, happy couple Toni Walker and James Manzano sealed their sweet deal when they exchanged vows at a DQ Grill & Chill restaurant in Bethlehem, Pa.
Walker works in the restaurant as an assistant manager, and after general manager Louis Romero learned that Walker was planning a simple wedding at the local courthouse, he insisted that the ceremony take place at his location.The event took about three weeks to plan.
“This is our wedding,” Manzano said. “We thought, ‘Why not make it fun?’”
Afterward, the newlyweds enjoyed a meal of Chicken Strip Baskets before treating invited guests and restaurant customers a custom Blizzard® wedding cake.Curly Topâ was also in attendance.
“I thought it was very romantic,” said Erin Wimmer, an 8-year-old from Bethlehem Township, who became part of the celebration when she happened to visit the restaurant on the day of the wedding. “It’s fun to get married at a place you don’t usually get married, like where you can get ice cream.”
Recently, we asked the blogosphere what deal they would make with us to try our new Dairy Queen® Sweet Deals menu free.We also asked everyone to be as creative as possible and promised the best entry would receive free Sweet Deals every week for an entire year.
Well, we have had a chance to review what the world said, and we thought it only fitting to share our five favorite entries with you:
Could my kids do a really creative party dance? Yes, and they would if their mom won free ice cream a week for a year!See the boy in the picture hootin’ and hollerin’ – I could post a seriously crazy video with some real hootin’ and hollerin’ going on.
I would follow that up with weekly posts of crazy ice cream covered faces a week for a year and the latest and greatest flavors and menu items we’ve tried! Read the entire entry…
Let’s get to the point. Here’s what we at In This Economy are prepared to offer: at least one mention of an item from the DQ menu in each post for one month… Want more? Our very own Rondostar is prepared to tattoo a DQ logo onto his “tramp stamp” area for some of your sweet, sweet onion rings. Read the entire entry…
I can’t believe you’re asking me what I would do to sample your Sweet Deal. Haven’t I done enough already to prove that I love you and that I’m worthy of your love and your deal-icious affection?
When my heart was broken, I turned to you. I don’t know what was saltier, your fries or my tears. When I was sick, you nursed me back to health with a soothing vanilla cone. That worked better than antiobiotics or mama’s chicken soup ever did.Read the entire entry…
Thanks to everyone for participating, and be sure to grab our feed for more fun and engaging DQ promotions in the future.
You may have heard the big news already: We’re launching our first-ever permanent value menu – DQ® Sweet Deals.
Just in case you haven’t heard yet, here’s the deal: You can mix and match nine menu items, choosing two for $3, three for $4 or four for $5. You have the freedom of choice with more than 20,000 combinations.
Menu items include the famous Dairy Queen® cheeseburger, classic all-beef hot dog, new chicken wrap, yummy French fries, crispy onion rings, fresh salad, beverage and an irresistible sundae or cone made with the signature DQ soft serve with the curl on top.
So, what’s your deal…
But for our readers here, we wanted to do something extra special and make a deal with you. We would like to treat you to the DQ Sweet Deals menu on your next trip to a DQ store. It’s on us.
Here is all you have to do:
Write a blog post (or leave a comment) about what deal you’d make with us to try our Sweet Deals for free.*
Once you’ve done this, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your post and your mailing address and we’ll ship you a gift card.
Only the first 250 bloggers to email us with the link to their post and address will win a gift card, so act fast!
A special bonus: Be as creative as you can as the best entry (chosen by the DQ blog team) will get treated to DQ Sweet Deals every week for a whole year.
We’ll also feature the most creative entries right here at the DQ blog at the conclusion!
Update – we have received 250 entries for gift cards! But you can still be in the running for free DQ for one year by posting what deal you’d make with us to try Sweet Deals. We’ll judge all posts made through Friday, March 6.
So, What’s your deal?
This promotion is open to all US-based bloggers
*If you are going to link to this post as a contest participant, please remember to use no-follow.