Cool, creamy, flavorful and thick enough to hold upside down, the Dairy Queen Blizzard is a special ice cream treat. Even better, it’s easy to make at home!
Recently, my blogging friends all decided to make copycat recipes–and I was perplexed. You see, I almost never eat at chain restaurants, so what could I make? Then I thought of Dairy Queen. Stopping there is my favorite reward for a day running errands. Plus, summer is coming!
Now when it comes to Dairy Queen, the M&M Blizzard is my first love. Thick, chocolatey and loaded with crunchy M&M pieces, I am rarely tempted to try anything else. Second on my list is the Oreo Blizzard, smooth and creamy with a perfect cookies and cream blend. Just in case I’m getting in a food rut…
Of course, I did have to sample both of these again as research. Blogging can be tough!
What is a Blizzard?
I’d describe the blizzard as a frozen milkshake that is blended with candy, brownies or other flavorings to create a kind of hybrid frozen treat.
But for a professional opinion, Wikipedia describes the Dairy Queen Blizzard as “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…”
Now doesn’t that sound like something you’d like to try!
Why You’ll Love This!
Tasty & Refreshing. A blizzard is cool, sweet and chocolatey. Think hot summer day. Nuf said?
Convenient. A homemade blizzard is quick and easy! DQ is a 30 minute trip (for me).
Fun. Who would agree with me that spooning up thick ice cream and biting into crunchy M&M bits is a little more fun than eating a popsicle?
What You’ll Need
- Reduced Fat Ice Cream or Frozen Whole Milk Yogurt. Did you know that the Diary Queen Blizzard is made using their soft serve which is 5% milkfat? You can use other types of ice cream but something lower in fat will best duplicate the original.
- Milk. A very small amount of milk is used to thin the ice cream enough to blend.
- Add-ins, varying by flavor. The M&M blizzard uses M&Ms and chocolate syrup, the Oreo uses Oreo cookies.
- A good blender is used to mix the blizzard and ensure it stays thick. You could fully hand blend but that would be a lot more work.
How to Make Blizzards at Home
Crush your M&Ms, Oreos or other add-in pieces (see tips below).
Blend the ice cream (and chocolate syrup if making an M&M blizzard) in a good blender until just smooth. If it’s too hard (which is likely), stir a couple turns by hand then add 1/2 Tablespoon of milk and blend again, repeating until it is just soft enough to blend together. Process until just smooth.
Add the crushed add-ins and pulse once or twice to blend or stir them in by hand.
Spoon into serving glass and serve immediately.
How to Serve
Serve a blizzard with a spoon! Any frozen drink that stays in the glass when you turn it upside down isn’t going to work with just a straw!
A blizzard is great for dessert after a light meal! It’s also a perfect refreshing snack on a hot summer day!
Blizzards come in many different flavors, from year-round options to seasonal specials. You can find a list of blizzard flavors on the DQ site.
But you don’t need to stick to their list. If you have a favorite flavor or candy you’d like to add in, go for it. Remember this is fun!
Tips & FAQs
Measuring the ice cream. Because different ice creams have varying amounts of air (see my Old-Fashioned Chocolate Malt post for more detail), which dramatically reduces out after blending, it’s a challenge to produce an accurate recipe by volume. I ended up weighing out 8 ounces which looked like the picture below.
Softening the ice cream. I had read suggestions about leaving the ice cream in the refrigerator to soften to avoid diluting it with milk. This worked when I tried it though it took some time.
But given that whole milk is 4% milkfat and Dairy Queen soft serve is 5%, adding just a little milk isn’t going to dilute it. Be sure to add it a little at a time (as the instructions say) to keep your blizzard nice and thick.
Break up your “add-ins” before blending. I tried chunking up my M&Ms in the blender, first without the ice cream and then with it. I rejected this option since it resulted in very uneven sized pieces as well as over-blending in the final drink. So I decided to blend the ice cream first, then add hand-crushed candy/cookies.
To crush, I first tried putting the M&Ms in a plastic bag and hitting with an ice cream scoop. Unfortunately the bag started to break up—and I didn’t want to eat bits of plastic! So I ended up crushing them inside a folded paper towel which worked much better!
The Oreos broke up so easily that I ended up doing them by hand. Once crushed everything was very easy to incorporate into the pre-blended ice cream.
The Inside Scoop. I talked to a Dairy Queen employee who said they get the M&Ms pre-crushed. He thought they might be “factory seconds” but I’m guessing that Dairy Queen uses way more crushed M&Ms than the Mars factory has seconds of!
Some people omit the chocolate syrup in their M&M blizzard recipes. And while it seemed pretty obvious to me that the original contained chocolate syrup, I went to their website to confirm. The official M&M blizzard has three ingredients: artificially flavored vanilla reduced fat ice cream, M&Ms milk chocolate candies, artificially flavored chocolate syrup.
Yes, just plain yum!
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- 8 ounces reduced fat ice cream or frozen whole milk yogurt, about 4 scoops or 1 1/2 cups
- 1 Tablespoon milk or as needed
- For M&M blizzard 1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup and 3 Tablespoons crushed M&Ms
- For Oreo blizzard 4 Oreo cookies, crushed.
- Crush your M&Ms, oreos or other add-in pieces.
- Blend the ice cream (and chocolate syrup if making an M&M blizzard) in a good blender until just smooth. If it’s too solid (which is likely), stir a couple turns by hand, then add 1/2 Tablespoon of milk and blend again, repeating until it is just soft enough to blend. Process until just smooth.
- Add the crushed add-ins and pulse once or twice to blend or stir them in by hand.
- Spoon into serving glass and serve immediately.
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