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So. Exciting news. A new DQ opened by my house! Well, a few blocks away, but STILL. DQ. ICE CREAM NOM NOM. Yep, I’m gonna be fat.

In celebration of all things Dairy Queen, I found some cool facts:

Though Dairy Queen has been around since 1940, they didn’t invent their trademark Blizzards until 1985. They sold more than 175 million Blizzards in the very first year. Source.
That’s right. It took them 45 years to invent my favorite ice cream. Then again, it still happened before I was born, so it’s all good.

DQ logos and branding

The original logo. See the rest of the logos below, but click this one to read the history!

The Green Tea Blizzard is the #1 seller in China. In the U.S., the most popular Blizzard is Oreo. Source.
Yeah… I’ll stick with Oreo too. In fact, Oreo with caramel is my favorite.

Technically, the soft serve you order at DQ technically isn’t ice cream. It has to contain 10% butterfat to be considered ice cream and only contains 5%. Source.
Don’t care, had ice cream.

No Doubt was formed at a DQ in 1986. Eric Stefani and Greg Spence met while working at the same Dairy Queen and often talked about starting a band together. They finally did, and looped in a bunch of other musicians to round out the group. Source.
I’ll leave it to you, dear readers, do decide whether this was a good thing. ;)

The phrase “Dairy Queen” is mentioned in the social universe about once every 18 seconds. Source.
So I’m not the only one.

Dairy Queen’s soft serve recipe is a highly guarded trade secret. And just like KFC and Coke, they’ll never reveal the ingredients. “[The formula] is kept in a safe deposit box and there are only a few keys to it,” DQ’s chief branding officer, Michael Keller, has said. Source.
Keep it safe, DQ. Keep it safe.

I’m so full of onion rings right now. Mmmm…