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.

Taste: 9.75/10
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: $2.29 for Mini

Overall GrubGrade: 9.50/10

Nutrition Facts:
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%

22 comments on “Fast Food Review: New! Nutter Butter Blizzard from Dairy Queen

  1. Glad to see you loved it as much as I did over at wouldibuyitagain.com. It really was the best Blizzard I’ve had in my life and that’s saying something after the love affair I had with the Girl Scout Tagalong Blizzard. Excellent offering by Dairy Queen and I really hope they consider making this one a permanent menu item because it and Nutter Butters in general are one of life’s great pleasures.

  2. Larry says:

    I agree with everything you say here. I love peanut butter, and I love Blizzards, so it’s a win-win for me.

    Next time try it with some strawberries in it as well, that’s very tasty!

  3. Nick says:

    Yep I’m definitely planning my trip to the dq 2 hours away after seeing all these reviews. It’s been tempting me ever since dubba posted about it. Dq here I come=]

  4. Guess I’m stopping at DQ on my way home…

  5. Courtney says:

    This looks sooo good. I hope they keep this flavor longer. Im in the middle of training to go diving, no sugar for me. 🙁

  6. Manavee says:

    I agree with this review. It was a darn fine Blizzard….I also had never had a Nutter Butter until I tried this. They really retained their crunch in the blizzard.

    It was so good, it made me wonder why Nutter Butters haven’t been used more often in ice cream desserts (a la Oreos). I really think this might work with a chocolate soft serve base as well.

    • Nick says:

      Dubba @ onsecondscoop tried it with a chocolate base today and wouldn’t recommend it. The chocolate overpowered the treat

  7. SkippyMom says:

    Now if you had told me I could have stalked you the way I stalked Ryan’s Roy Roger’s in MD a few months back. I kid, I kid.

    I love Nutter Butters and blizzards and we will be scooping these up on our next trip to Harrisonburg in a week. YUM. Glad you gave it such a rave review.

  8. Chefprotoss or dan says:

    After reading the review on wibia I figured you would review this. Then I read the comments on wibia and loled to myself. I was right. =P

    Nice review, but what kept it from being a 10? I don’t think anything on gg has recieved a 10 yet, and I’ve been wondering what food could be a 10. I mean, it has to exist right?

    • Adam says:

      It would have been a 10 had it had more of the peanut butter cream, been free, and had 0 calories 🙂 Or, you know, just the first one…

  9. Jesse says:

    I would rather have a blizzard made with those cheese cracker sandwiches with the peanut butter inside. That would make for a delicious ice cream treat.

  10. AK says:

    Closest one is 2 hours away, oh man looks so goooooood. 🙁

  11. Lisa says:

    ohh I needd thatttt. Now I want nutter butters, THANKS. I dont even think I have a dairy queen by me, but there are a TON of grocery stores where I can get some nutter butters. I remember the 4 pack they used to come in, with each cookie looking like a peanut.
    so on the list of things for me to try is now… this blizzard, and waffle crisp! 🙂

  12. Charlotte says:

    When I saw this Blizzard o’ the Month announced a prostrated myself upon the Earth, wailing and wringing my hands, cursing my Maker for the lack of any nearby Dairy Queen. Nutter Butter is, by far, one of the best “brand” cookies ever and combining it with DQ was just a stroke of brilliance.

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  14. Raiders757 says:

    I’ve been eating Nutter Butter cookies since I was a kid in the 70’s. Easily one of my favorite cookie treats of all time. I have a DQ down the road from me, so I see a late evening trip in my foreseeable future. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

  15. Teri says:

    .. had one last night. Going back again tonite. The scale is not going to be kind.

  16. belinskaya says:

    Damn you, I just had to look up where my nearest DQ is. And after these journeys being planned, my nearest one looks downright close! It’s in the same county, even! That means I have to go, right?

  17. Chuck says:

    Maybe its just the servers at my local DQ, but never order a large Blizzard. They can never seem to get the Blizzardy goodness all the way to the bottom of the cup. So about 2/3’s of the way through all you are left with is just plain soft serve. Why pay for a large?