The sweet taste of autumn

Dairy Queen’s new fall treats have arrived


Photo by: Chew Boom

This year’s blizzard lineup includes the notorious Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon Roll Center, Snickers Brownie, Oreo Hot Cocoa, Reese’s Take Five, and the Very Cherry Chip.

Reece Straley, Staff Reporter

Fall has arrived and so has Dairy Queen’s fall Blizzard menu. Dairy Queen is known for its annual fall ice creams and coming out with new ones each year. This year’s menu consists of six Blizzards, with some making an anticipated comeback. I was eager to try the new ones and see how they fit in with the Dairy Queen menu.

Dairy Queen introduced the Blizzard in 1985. That year they sold 175 million of them. As the Blizzard has been an iconic desert it has gained some popularity among big companies which take their products and put them into a blizzard. For example, this fall Snickers, Oreo and Reese’s.

I chose three to taste and try. Being a big chocolate lover, the Oreo Hot Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie and Snickers Brownie really caught my eye. I got the mini version they offer which cost me $2.89 per Blizzard for about six ounces of ice cream. I chose to judge them on three factors. How “autumny” they are or how much they remind me of fall, taste, and presentation.

To begin I tried the very popular Pumpkin Pie Blizzard. When I ordered and got to the window the worker told me that this was the most popular of the fall Blizzards. This was for good reason because this Blizzard really exemplifies fall. It includes vanilla soft serve, pumpkin pie pieces, whip cream, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. It came out faintly having that iconic orange pumpkin color with some pie pieces sticking out the top and a swirl of whip cream right in the middle. The pumpkin pie pieces were very soft and sweet and went very nicely with the ice cream and whip cream but the whipped cream had a very artificial taste to it. Overall, I would give this Blizzard a 3.5/5. 

Next, I tried the Snickers Brownie Blizzard. I was eager to try this as I love both brownies and Snickers bars. This Blizzard came with vanilla soft serve, both Snickers and brownie pieces and some caramel topping. It came out with a soft tan color and some pieces showing through the caramel and soft serve. Both of the add-ins came through very nicely and complemented one another very well. While it doesn’t scream fall it was still an excellent Blizzard and I would give it a 4/5.

Finally, I tried the Oreo Hot Cocoa. I was most excited about this one because I thought Oreos and hot chocolate together would go great. I was correct as this Blizzard was the best one I had all day. It comes with vanilla soft serve, Oreo cookie pieces, cocoa fudge and whipped cream. It came out having a darker brown color compared to the previous blizzards. I did not get whipped cream but I am not complaining as the other time I had it the taste was sour. My prediction was correct and the Oreo on top of chocolate went very well together. This Blizzard definitely has a glimpse of fall with the addition of the hot cocoa slogan so I would give this a 4.5/5.

Overall, I think this year’s fall Blizzard menu had a nice touch of both sweet and fall classics. Of the ones, I tried the Oreo Hot Cocoa was definitely the best even though it doesn’t advertise fall as much as some of the others. I would change some things like adding more Blizzards that scream fall like a Pecan Pie Blizzard. I am looking forward to what Dairy Queen has in store for the upcoming seasons.