We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Dairy Queen, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the company that brought us the Dilly Bar that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: If You Order a “Cone” or “Cup,” You’re Not Getting Ice Cream
If you have a real craving for ice cream and go to DQ for a quick cone, then you should probably be made aware of the fact that you’re not technically eating ice cream. In fact, soft-serve isn’t ice cream at all! To be considered ice cream, a product must have at least 10 percent butterfat, and DQ’s soft-serve only has five percent butterfat.
Number Seven: It Was Represented by a Real Menace
Dennis the Menace was DQ’s official spokes cartoon up until 2002 when the copyright license expired. However, the company decided not to renew the contract. While DQ didn’t release an official reason for the non-renewal, many people thought that it was because Dennis wasn’t relevant enough anymore.
Number Six: It’s Responsible for the World’s Largest Blizzard
The world’s largest Blizzard weight 8,260.85 pounds and was made in 2001. It must have taken a lot of people to eat all of that ice cream!
Number Five: The World’s Largest Dairy Queen Is in Saudi Arabia
Specifically, it’s in Riyadh. The restaurant has two floors, can seat 240 people and has an impressive square footage of 7,500 square feet.
Number Four: The First DQ Location Is Now a Landmark
The very first Dairy Queen was located in Joliet, Illinois. While it hasn’t been in operation as a DQ since the 1950s, the city named it a landmark.
Number Three: It Failed With Frozen Yogurt
Many people incorrectly assume that DQ has never experimented with frozen yogurt. In fact, the company offered a healthier version of the Blizzard for a short period of time. However, sales were too slow and it was discontinued.
Number Two: If You Really Love Dairy Queen, Move to Texas
Texas has more locations than any other state in the United States. In fact, there are more than 600 locations there!
Number One: There’s a Reason Why Employees Turn Blizzards Upside Down
Actually, there are two reasons. The inspiration for the Blizzard came from a small diner’s “concrete” treat, which was designed to be so solid it could stay in the cup upside down. Employees at DQ do this to demonstrate the authenticity of the Blizzard. The act of turning Blizzards upside down was also briefly part of a promotion – if an employee failed to turn your Blizzard upside down, then you would get a free one! We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Dairy Queen!