Review: Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard from Dairy Queen

If there’s a trend in the ice cream world right now, it’s the core. No longer reserved for CrossFit disciples prioritizing muscle groups, or early 2000’s disaster movies, “core” has become synonymous with a shaft of flavor stuck right in the middle of a separate ice cream flavor. Ben and Jerry’s has already launched several core flavors, and now Dairy Queen is taking the concept and inserting it into their new Royal Blizzards.Royal BlizzardWhat exactly monarchy has to do with ice cream innovation, you got me, but I decided to check out the Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard because, well, cheesecake.

Cheesecake pieces and graham blended with vanilla soft serve and then filled with a strawberry center.

I picked up a mini for $2.99; or a .50 cent upcharge on the regular Blizzards. While my Blizzard got the usual upside down demonstration when I ordered it, the soft serve base started to melt as soon as I sat down. Not a good sign.Royal BlizzardI dug my spoon around to get a lay of the land, hopeful to unearth a treasure of thick and rich strawberry puree. It was there all right, but not like I’d anticipated. Viscous and runny, the puree had pooled around the soft serve and stretched out like capillaries in every direction. While it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for, the pie-like filling, complete with the tiny seeds on the outside, gave the soft serve base strong but not saccharine notes of strawberry. Unfortunately, while the berry flavor was good, there wasn’t any tartness I could detect. Dairy Queen’s soft serve was its usual sweet and luscious self, although at the rate of melting, it wasn’t super creamy. The real winner, though, was the cheesecake pieces.Royal BlizzardIf you ask me, cheesecake is at its best when it just slowly melts in your mouth, more or less dissolving. That’s how this Blizzard is: the cheesecake pieces have that butter-like quality, and spun up through Dairy Queen’s machines, the rich and slightly tangy pieces provide a memorable flavor and evolving texture contrast. Meanwhile, the graham pieces give the Blizzard tiny spots of crunch and graham flavor, working in perfect unison with the cheesecake pieces. Unfortunately, there just weren’t enough of the graham pieces, and because of both this and their extremely fine grind, this, there wasn’t enough of a textural to provide for a really memorable Blizzard experience.Royal BlizzardIf I was going to judge this as a New York Cheesecake Blizzard alone, I’d give it high marks. There’s great cheesecake flavor and plenty of strawberry puree, in addition to the graham cracker crust element. That said, when you upcharge a product and bill it as new, I expect something game-changing. The core is not that game-changer. Its flavor is good, but it fails to offer more than what I’d expect from just a Strawberry Cheesecake Blizzard.

Pros: Excellent and rich cheesecake flavor comes through in each bite. Real Strawberry puree. Dairy Queen’s soft-serve.

Cons: “Core” lacks thick, concerted flavor. Graham cracker crust is ground too fine. Not worth the upcharge over a regular Blizzard.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 5.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $2.99

Overall GrubGrade: 6.25/10

More Info: dairyqueen.com
Nutrition Facts:
(Mini, 224 grams ) 440 calories, 18 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams trans fat, 61 grams of carbs, 210 milligrams of sodium, 49 grams of sugar, 0.5 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, 25% calcium

4 comments on “Review: Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard from Dairy Queen

  1. Anne sutton says:

    Do you have any idea how they get the core inside???

  2. Darrell Martinsen says:

    Matthew, my core actually stayed intact, no pooling around the sides. The problem was the core only ran about halfway down. Had I known that, I would have probably stirred it around a little more as I ate so I wouldn’t be left with half a blizzard with no strawberry flavor. I wonder if whatever machine they use for the process just can’t do a full top to bottom core? Ben & Jerry’s has certainly mastered the process.

  3. Kyle Spangler says:

    I got the oreo & fudge royal version. I would definitely not buy it again. For one, it was a seventy degree day out so not remarkably hot, yet my blizzard was more similar to soup than ice cream in a matter of about 5 minutes or less. Secondly, there was nothing innovative or tasty about it, just simply an oreo cookies blizzard with their usual fudge. The fudge was very average and didn’t add anything noteworthy to the blizzard’s taste. All said and done I would have rather just had a cookies&cream blizzard than the royal version with the fudge core.

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