No, Dairy Queen Blizzards Aren’t Really Ice Cream

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There isn’t a more perfect treat on a hot summer day than a tasty Blizzard from Dairy Queen. The legendary creamy confection packed with sugary, crunchy toppings is the ideal way to satisfy your sweet tooth in the blazing summer sun.

But secretly, the famous fast-food offering has hidden behind the guise of calling itself ice cream.

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But according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dairy Queen doesn’t actually sell ice cream. At least, not technically.

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According to FDA regulations, any product categorized as “ice cream” must contain “not less than 10 percent milkfat, nor less than 10 percent nonfat milk solids.”

Unfortunately for DQ diehards, this means the tasty treat you have long referred to as ice cream does not meet FDA standards to earn that title.

However, while that may be news to most people, the company itself has cleverly referred to its product as “soft serve” to avoid any hiccups with the FDA.

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In fact, on Dairy Queen’s website, you can find a full explanation of why the company cannot use the term “ice cream” on its menu.

“To be categorized as ice cream, the minimum butterfat content must be 10 percent, and our soft serve has only 5 percent butterfat content.”

Additionally, DQ says that despite the five percent butterfat content, its product sadly is not 95 percent fat-free.

Plus, when you consider all the toppings, cones, and drizzles most consumers typically add on top, who’s really counting calories anyway?

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At the end of the day, whether the FDA calls Dairy Queen’s product “ice cream” or not, that Blizzard hits the spot every time.

What’s your favorite treat from Dairy Queen? Tell us your top Blizzard choice in the comments below!