Review: DQ Bakes! Snack Melts from Dairy Queen

Despite new laws in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, and even though they do, suspiciously, offer a brownie, I assure you Dairy Queen’s DQ Bakes! menu really just means that they put your order in a 500-degree oven for a couple minutes.  So, sober as a judge, I’ve now given all three Snack Melts an in-store sampling, and can finally give them a proper review.
DQ Bakes Snack Melts
As mentioned in our post, fresh off my DQ Headquarters visit, the offerings are pretty safe in that they stick to old standbys for taste combos.  The Chicken Bacon BBQ, Chicken Quesadilla, and Buffalo Chicken Snack Melts don’t break any new ground for flavor, but the concept of a baked wrap does stray from the Wendy’s and McDonald’s snack wrap groupings.The Chicken Bacon BBQ features grilled chicken, BBQ sauce, bacon and melted cheddar cheese.  The Chicken Quesadilla version has grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions, black olives with melted cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.  Rounding out the trio is the Buffalo Chicken Snack Melt with grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and melted cheddar cheese.  Even though the wraps aren’t put into a press like the Taco Bell Loaded Grillers, they end up being nicely sealed and heated through, more like a burrito than their flimsy counterparts at the big burger joints.  The noticeable and appreciated absence of lettuce and mayo make this possible.  It leaves the quesadilla wrap a little on the dry side, but I’ll take it in exchange for that first bite of nothing but cold tortilla, lettuce and mayo that you often get elsewhere.
DQ Snack Melt
 The Chicken Bacon BBQ and Buffalo Chicken Melt are saucy enough and don’t ooze out too bad when you chomp down.  The Snack Melts are served cut in two and placed in a neat little cardboard container that’s designed for your cup holder. These well sealed snacks are one of the best grubbing on the go items I’ve ever had.  So, we’ve established that I like these better than the McDonald’s and Wendy’s wraps, but back to their closer cousins… the Taco Bell Loaded Grillers.  How do they stack up?  While I’d put the new DQ melts on par with  the Taco Bell items purely based on taste, I’d say the DQ tortillas are a bit more sophisticated and more like a pastry than a tortilla.  Also, their ingredients don’t mush together like a lot of things at the Border.  They’re chunky and substantial, not like the hotdish consistency of the Loaded Grillers. At $2.00 a pop, they’re a nice sized snack at a reasonable value.
Snack Melts DQ
Also notable with the in-store wraps I ordered was how well they matched what I was served at the test kitchen.  I got my three wraps at two different DQ locations and both delivered on the quality construction I saw demonstrated by DQ chefs when they knew we were watching.  That’s pretty rare in the fast food world, where something actually comes out looking like the fancy poster photos.

Pros: Trio of flavor choices. Quality construction. Good value. Portability.

Cons: No real standout, unique flavor combos.

Taste: 7.50/10
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.75/10
Price: $2 each

Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10

More Info: dairyqueen.com
Nutrition Facts:
Chicken Bacon BBQ - 280 calories, 11 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 880 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber, 17 grams of protein
Chicken Quesadilla - 270 calories, 13 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 760 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber, 17 grams of protein
Buffalo Chicken - 290 calories, 16 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 1010 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber, 14 grams of protein

9 comments on “Review: DQ Bakes! Snack Melts from Dairy Queen

  1. Dank meme bro says:

    DQ is grossly underrated.

    • Bubbsy says:

      I’ve generally seen positive reviews/feedback about DQ both locally and online, I live in MI and we have heaps of DQs.
      I don’t understand how you would come to believe they are “grossly underrated”, where are you getting this impression they are getting bashed?

      • Dank meme bro says:

        It’s more so they aren’t known for there food yet they have some of the best fast food burgers. Hell a ton of DQ’s don’t even have food around here.

        • Bubbsy says:

          Yeah they’re a great fresh-order burger/fries place, I almost think we shouldn’t be talking about it because I don’t want it to become a thing.

        • Raiders757 says:

          I am lucky to have a DQ that serves food near me. I won’t go as far as to say they’re “the Best”, but they do serve up some tasty fast food grub. Their 1/4 lb. burger reminds of what the BK Whopper (Now a sad sack, pathetic thin imitation of it’s former self) used to be. A tasty char-broiled burger with fresh toppings at a decent price. Their $5 deals can’t be beat.

  2. Sandy says:

    Love that these are all under 300 calories and the quesadilla one isn’t off the charts with sodium. Nice review!

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Nice, seems rare that something with a high-ish taste rating also gets a high value rating on here. Sounds like I’ll have to pick up three of these at some point this week.

  4. Robert says:

    Nicely written review! Definitely more informative than the typical “bleh I enjoy being unimpressed” review.

  5. Nancy Thompson says:

    Chicken quesadilla is all quesadilla and no chicken or sauce it was awful
    It was so bad scared to try anything
    Also the hot brownie delight used to be now it two tiny two bite brownies not big enough they used to be real brownies a nice size tasty treat not now
    Disappointed

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