Fast Food Review: New! Nutter Butter Blizzard from Dairy Queen
I never really understood what the appeal of a Nutter Butter cookie was supposed to be when I was growing up. For goodness sakes the things don’t even have chocolate, and thanks to a clear inability to put two and two together, I guess I always assumed they were more of a ‘grown-up’ cracker that contained ‘butter’ in the middle. Definitely not kid-friendly, and definitely not lunch box material.
For these reasons – not to mention a near lifelong aversion to peanut butter I’ve only recently disposed of – I actually never had a Nutter Butter cookie until last week. That all ended when I heard about Dairy Queen’s latest Blizzard of the Month: The Nutter Butter Blizzard. Skeptical, I decided to test out my luck by buying a pack of Nutter Butters at a convenience store, only to be struck by the curiously addicting flavor of roasted nuts, honey, salt, and graham flavored cookie. A few bites into the first cookie and I was hooked, and – coupled with initial rave reviews I had been reading from ice cream aficionado and all-together swell guy Dubya over at On Second Scoop – I decided that this was the perfect chance to drive a ridiculous hour and a half away to my nearest DQ and break 12 years of going without a Blizzard.
All I can say was it was about dang time. because the Nutter Butter Blizzard is without a doubt the single best frozen treat eating experience I have ever had at a fast food establishment.
If you’ve never had a Nutter Butter this is the perfect time to try one. Like bacon in the savory world, everything really is better in ice cream when it comes to sweets, and in this case it’s much better. Take my word for it – you’ll like it. The pieces of Nutter Butter cookies – crunchy, salty, and brimming with that characteristic honey graham flavor – pair perfectly with the sweet soft serve base. It’s that base and the churning process from the Blizzard-machine that make this a winner, managing to create a thick mixture that actually retains a creamy yet firm textural integrity (unlike, you know, the nonsense that they’re serving over in Ronald-land.) Nobody wants to be drinking soft serve on a hot day, but the Blizzard passes the upside-down test with flying colors.
I love the gritty textural contrast and the lingering graham flavor, and if you’re a peanut butter enthusiast, you’ll definitely get a kick from the deep, sweet and even slightly roasted taste of the mixture. My only complaint is that the “cream filling” that you get inside the cookies didn’t seem to be dispersed in my Blizzard as much as it was in the one Would I Buy It Again got, but who am I kidding, it’s a minor complaint. The thing is, even if you’re not a traditional Nutter Butter fan – or even if you’re just one of those people who doesn’t do cartwheels over peanut butter – I think you’ll still like this Blizzard. If nothing else, it’s pretty much impossible to dislike, and given that you can get it in a mini size at $2.29 (like I did) it’s not like you’re wasting your hard-earned dollar.
Pros: hick soft serve base serves as perfect vehicle for the crunchy, sweet, rich flavor of Nutter Butters. Cookie pieces are abundant and well dispersed. CalciYUM for the mommy crowd looking for an excuse to join the kids :)
Cons: Running out of adjectives to describe how good this was. Not getting as much peanut butter cream as those dang Indianapolis bloggers. Hour and a half drive includes getting lost in the Virginia mountains.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: $2.29 for Mini
Overall GrubGrade: 9.50/10
Nutter Butter Blizzard (Mini)
Calories – 440
Total Fat – 18 grams
Saturated Fat – 9 grams
Trans Fat – 0.5 grams
Cholesterol – 30 milligrams
Sodium – 290 milligrams
Carbs – 61 grams
Sugars –44 grams
Dietary Fiber – 1 grams
Protein – 9 grams
Calcium – 25%