Dairy Queen’s new summer blizzards didn’t feel like summer


Alex Smith

The two blizzards in their signature Dairy Queen cups

I love going to Dairy Queen in the summer. My family goes relatively often, and we all have something we order every time. Last week, I decided to stray from my usual and try Dairy Queen’s new summer blizzards.

Oreo Dirt Pie Blizzard

I hate chocolate ice cream. In fact, I hate anything chocolate at all. This blizzard has chocolate ice cream, chocolate pieces, and Oreos–and gummy worms, but those aren’t relevant to chocolate. The point is, this blizzard has a lot of chocolate. And I didn’t hate it.

I’ve had a dirt sundae before, and I enjoyed it enough. I know that this blizzard was trying to mimic the Oreo dirt pie dessert, which mimics a dirt sundae, but I didn’t see a lot of resemblance to a dirt sundae in this blizzard. Perhaps it’s because of the lack of vanilla ice cream.

There were gummy worms and Oreos, but it didn’t feel like a dirt sundae. It felt more like a cookie and cream ice cream with gummy worms shoved in it. Let me tell you, the gummy worms were not it. They were frozen—which is understandable, but that made it hard to chew. It took away from the good parts of the blizzard.

Although this is labeled as a summer blizzard, it doesn’t seem very summery to me. To me a summer ice cream is fruity, and this is the opposite of fruity. However, ice cream is ice cream and that alone makes it a summer treat. 

Even if it did taste fruity to me—maybe there’s just something wrong with me—it still didn’t remind me of summer.”

— Alex Smith

Overall, I would definitely get this sundae again. It would be perfect with no gummy worms, but I can deal with it if it means I get the rest of this delicious treat.

Caramel Fudge Cheesecake

Cheesecake is something that I don’t get very often, but I cherish it when I do have it. I basically only eat it on Thanksgiving. This blizzard has cheesecake, caramel—which I love—and chocolate—which we already know how I feel about that.

My first thought when I ate this blizzard was fruit. That should not be the first thing you taste when you eat a chocolate caramel cheesecake ice cream, but that didn’t stop my brain. I felt like I could taste the fruit, and I’m pretty sure it was just the cheesecake, but it made me really confused.

There were chunks of chocolate that were filled with caramel scattered throughout the dessert. The caramel inside negated the chocolate, so I enjoyed it.

There was also caramel sauce drizzled throughout, along with cheesecake pieces. However, it wasn’t all through the ice cream. There would be a layer of mix-ins, then quite a bit of mix-ins, then more ice cream. I wish that it was blended more so that I got mix-ins with every bite, and I didn’t have to dig for them.

This blizzard felt more summery than the last one, but it still didn’t have the full summer factor I want from a summer ice cream. Even if it did taste fruity to me—maybe there’s just something wrong with me—it still didn’t remind me of summer.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be getting this blizzard again based on the conflicting flavor profiles. However, if Dairy Queen ever decides to come out with a fruity summer blizzard, I’ll be first in line to try it.