Review: S’mores Blizzard from Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen chose a fitting flavor for their June Blizzard of the Month. What better to embody the spirit of summer, campfires and friends than a good old fashioned s’more? Having already long considered the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard to be the granddaddy of all fast food desserts, I had high hopes for the Dairy Queen S’mores Blizzard. After all, frozen desserts tend to be a how-wrong-can-you-really-go-type situation (unless you’re Burger King, of course). Dairy Queen describes their S’mores Blizzard like this:
The new gooey, crunchy, cool taste of summer is here! We start with crunchy Honey Maid graham crackers and rich chocolate chunks filled with gooey marshmallow, then we whip it up in cool DQ soft serve. The next thing you know you’ve got the one and only S’mores Blizzard Treat. It’s a campfire in a cup available all summer long!
I paid $3.73 for a small S’mores Blizzard after taxes in Minnesota (it would have been $4.48 for a medium, $5.27 for a large). At the drive thru window, the high school guy working there said, “It’s good, by the way” as he handed me my S’mores Blizzard, which I took to be a good sign. He also gave me a free “pup cup” of ice cream for my dog, Jack, which he loved, but I’m still shaking my head at the idea of ice cream for dogs.There was only one thing I didn’t like about the Dairy Queen S’mores Blizzard, and that was the size of the graham cracker pieces. As you can see in the comparison above, the promo pic suggests the graham crackers come in fairly healthy chunks, about half the size of the chocolate pieces. In reality, though, the graham crackers in my DQ S’mores Blizzard were just crumbs, interspersed throughout the Blizzard to give it a grainier texture. This wasn’t surprising, nor was it necessarily bad. The same pulverized-mix-in phenomenon happens with a lot of Blizzard flavors, actually, and people don’t seem to mind. It’s more of a personal preference thing, and I happen to like chunks.Now on to what I liked about the Dairy Queen S’mores Blizzard: everything else. That drive thru window guy wasn’t kidding when he said it was good. As you can see, my Blizzard was a little too melty, but that’s a temperature issue that I would guess varies based on how hot it is outside. The DQ S’mores Blizzard uses the same soft serve used in all their other Blizzards, so that part should be no different. Due to the pervasiveness of graham cracker crumbs, the overriding flavor of this Blizzard was graham cracker. Then came the cold crunch and sweetness of the milk chocolate squares, followed by a subtle marshmallow undertone from the small amount of marshmallow creme inside. Another thing I might have changed about this Blizzard is to include more marshmallow creme just mixed in with the Bizzard itself, to provide extra thickness and marshmallow flavor.Just look at these little chocolate squares, though. Dairy Queen could have just thrown in some chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, but they created their own little chocolate treat with a “DQ” etched into them, and that is impressive to me. I love attention to detail. Overall, the Dairy Queen S’mores Blizzard is a solid dessert. The graham crackers were a little too fragmented, but their toasty flavor came through strong. The chocolate squares provided some variance to the texture and rounded out the s’mores flavor profile with chocolate and marshmallow. That’s what I like the most about this Blizzard – graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate – it’s all there. You might as well be eating a s’more. I might as well be eating a s’more. I’m gonna go eat a s’more.
Pros: Always-excellent DQ soft serve. Flavors of graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow all present. Creative chocolate squares with marshmallow in the middle.
Cons: Graham cracker dust. Would be better with marshmallow creme mixed straight in.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10
More Info: www.dairyqueen.com
Calories - 410 (mini), 570 (s), 680 (m), 1420 (l)
Fat - 19g (mini), 20g (s), 25g (m), 68g (l)
Sugar - 43g (mini), 68g (s), 74g (m), 141g (l)