Dairy Queen has been supplying brain-freezes for a long, long time. The company is a leading franchisor of frozen treat stores with more than 5,900 quick-service restaurants, most of which operate under the Dairy Queen banner. Popular DQ ice cream treats include Blizzards, sundaes, and cones. Many of the stores also serve burgers, fries, and other items. In addition to its flagship chain, has about 700 Orange Julius locations offering blended fruit drinks and a small number of Karmelkorn stands that feature popcorn snacks.



Brownie Milk Shakes


Serves 2

1 pint vanilla bean ice cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups crumbled brownies
2 square brownie pieces for garnish

In a blender, place all ingredients.  Cover; blend on low speed about 10 seconds or until smooth.  Add more milk if too thick.

Pour into glasses.  Garnish each glass with a brownie square.

Lemonade Chillers

Dairy Queen Copycat Recipe

16 ounces prepared lemonade like Country Time powdered drink mix
2 cups ice cube
2 tablespoons strawberry ice cream topping

Prepare 16 ounces of lemonade, I find that Country Time drink mix works very well. Prepare the lemonade according to the package directions. Place 16 ounces of lemonade, and 2 cups of ice in a blender. Blend until the ice is crushed completely. Place about two tablespoons of strawberry ice cream topping in the bottom of a glass, and then pour frozen lemonade over the strawberry topping.

Junkyard Burger or Dog

This is a LTO (Limited Time Offering) from Tastee Freeze that is Topped with french fries, chili, cheese, grilled onions and mustard.

Grilled Supreme BLT

Dairy Queen Copycat Recipe

3 slices bacon
2 slices bread
1 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 dashes garlic powder
2 dashes onion powder
1 leaf romaine lettuce
2 large slices tomato
2 teaspoons butter

Cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave.

Lay bread slices flat, and spread both with mayo. Sprinkle with garlic powder and onion powder. Top one slice with lettuce, tomato, and bacon. Top with the other bread slice, mayonnaise side down. Spread the top of the sandwich with 1 teaspoon butter.

Bring a grill pan (or skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Carefully place sandwich in the skillet, buttered side down. Spread the top with remaining 1 teaspoon butter.

Cook until bread is lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side, flipping carefully.

Lemon Meringue Pie Blizzard

Blizzard of the Month is a new Lemon Meringue Pie flavor, which combines lemon meringue pie filling with crunchy pie pieces and vanilla soft serve, topped with meringue-flavored whipped topping.

Butterfinger Blizzard Cake

Dairy Queen Copycat Recipe

1 quart Butterfinger Ice Cream
20 whole Oreos, crushed
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (16 oz)  jar hot fudge sauce (plus more to drizzle on top)
1 quart vanilla ice cream
4 regular size Butterfinger candy bars , crushed

Take out the Butterfinger ice cream to soften.

Line a round springform pan with plastic wrap. Stir together the crushed Oreos and melted butter. Firmly press the Oreo mixture into the bottom of the lined pan and place into the freezer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the hot fudge jar into a pan of simmering water to warm slightly.

Remove the pan from the freezer, and scoop the softened ice cream in small spoonfuls evenly over the crust. Spread with a spoon dipped in warm water to fill in any holes and to smooth the top of the ice cream. Pour the entire jar of sauce over the ice cream, quickly smoothing the top. Freeze for at least one hour.

Take the vanilla ice cream out of the freezer to soften for about 20 minutes. Remove the cake from the freezer and quickly spoon the vanilla ice cream over the fudge sauce, again smoothing with a spoon dipped in warm water. Press the crushed candy bars into the top of the soft ice cream, cover with foil, and freeze for at least 8 hours, or up to a week.

Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before unmolding and slicing. Serve drizzled with more chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream!

Notes:  With this basic recipe you can use any ice cream/candy combinations you would like.

  • The Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard Cake uses chocolate ice cream with chocolate bits inside and is topped with small brownie chunks.
  • The Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard Cake uses vanilla and peanut butter ice cream and is topped with chunks of peanut butter cup candy.
  • The Smores Blizzard Cake uses vanilla ice cream and is decorated with chunks of graham crackers, mini marshmallows and bits of chocolate candy bars.
You get the idea.  See the sidebar Blizzard of the Month section to get more ideas for creative ice cream cakes.

Turtle Waffle Bowl Sundae

Vanilla soft serve inside a waffle bowl coated in chocolate covered with caramel topping and pecans.

Dairy Queen Copycat Recipe

store bought waffle cones
Magic Shell chocolate sauce
vanilla ice cream
caramel ice cream topping
chopped pecans

To make the soft serve:  Decide how many sundaes you want to make and put the desired amount of ice cream needed into a bowl.  Allow this to sit out on the counter top to thaw for 10 - 15 minutes.  Add a small amount of milk to the ice cream and stir until you get the right consistency.

Chocolate coat the bowls:  Smucker's makes a product call Magic Shell which magically hardens to whatever you put it on.  All you have to do is drizzle it onto the waffle cones and it dry in seconds.

Assembly:  Put your ice cream into to prepared waffle bowls then top with caramel sauce and pecans.

Notes:  The Joy Cone company sells these waffle bowls nationwide and can be found at your local Walmart.  The Magic Shell and Caramel Sauce will be found in the ice cream toppings section.

The Magic Shell can also be used to make Dairy Queen Chocolate Coated Cones.

Banana Split

Dairy Queen Copycat Recipe

Serves 1-2

1/2 cup scoop vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup scoop chocolate ice cream
1/2 cup scoop strawberry ice cream
1 large ripe banana
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (or hot fudge)
2 tablespoons strawberry ice cream topping (or fresh strawberries)
2 tablespoons crushed pineapple
whipped cream

Line up ice cream scoops next to each other in an oval deep dish or a banana boat. Cut the ends of the banana off (about 1/4 inch) while still in the peel. Slice in half longways. Pop each half of the banana out of the peel onto each side of the ice cream row, pressing down and in a little so it'll stay put.

Top the vanilla ice cream with the pineapple, the chocolate with the chocolate syrup and the strawberry with the strawberry sauce. Top each scoop with some whipped cream and a cherry for each.