Dairy Queen, often abbreviated "DQ", is a chain of soft serve ice cream and fast food restaurants owned by International Dairy Queen, Inc., or locally owned franchises - such as this one in Globe, Arizona, where you can get the best soft serve ice cream and fun food available.
The first Dairy Queen restaurant was located in Joliet, Illinois. It was operated by Sherb Noble and opened for business on June 22, 1940.
The company's products expanded to include malts and milkshakes in 1949, banana splits in 1951, Dilly Bars in 1955, Mr. Misty slush treats in 1961 (later renamed Misty Slush, then again to Arctic Rush), Jets, Curly Tops, Freezes in 1965, and a range of hamburgers and other cooked foods under the Brazier banner in 1958.
In 1971 the Peanut Buster Parfait, consisting of peanuts, hot fudge, and vanilla soft serve, was introduced. Other items include sundaes and a blended coffee drink.
A popular Dairy Queen item is the Blizzard, which is soft-serve mechanically blended with mix-in ingredients such as sundae toppings and/or pieces of cookies, brownies, or candy. It has been a staple on the menu since its introduction in 1985, a year in which Dairy Queen sold more than 175 million Blizzards. Popular Blizzard flavors include Oreo Cookies, mint Oreo, chocolate chip cookie dough, M&M's, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Heath bar, and Butterfinger. Seasonal flavors are also available such as October's Pumpkin Pie. On July 26, 2010, Dairy Queen introduced a new "mini" size Blizzard, served in 6 oz. cups. Prior to the introduction of the Blizzard in 1985, Dairy Queen served conventional "thick" milk shakes, in traditional flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, with or without added malt on request. In addition, Dairy Queen is marketing its new Blizzard Cake which includes flavors such as strawberry cheesecake and Reese's. Much like the restaurant's conventional ice cream cake, this variation is aimed toward celebrations and birthdays.*