The top 10 Dairy Queen Blizzard flavors, ranked (2024)

I don't know if Dairy Queen is good.

I mean, it's not that I've not tried Dairy Queen (I don't live under a rock), it's just that I oscillate between loving it and feeling like it's a watered down, K-Mart version of some kid that a McDonald's and Ben & Jerry's would have.

Regardless, July is national ice cream month and — when it comes to frozen treats — nothing hits, for most of you, I guess, like a Blizzard.

In honor of the occasion, then, I hauled myself out to the local Queen (Emerson, for me) and decided to rank the top ten creations currently offered.

Now, before I get into that list, I will inform you; there are only 18 Blizzards on the menu, so a ranking of ten? Does not mean that every sundae I am about to acknowledge is good. Technically, numbers nine and below are only a 50% — at best.

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Compared to the soggy chunk-filled Frosted Animal Cookie, however, they were passable.

Without further ado, then, let's get into it:

Here are the top ten (current) Dairy Queen Blizzards, ranked.

10. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup

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I love Reese's — I really do.

In fact, I'd probably call them the crème de la crème of chocolate candies; which is why this Blizzard has started off the list.

The problem with the flavor, though, is that it lacks any sort of richness, as it's only vanilla ice cream and crushed peanut butter cups. A third or fourth ingredient — like a peanut butter swirl, or some crushed Reese's pieces — would've moved it higher on the rankings.

9. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

This Blizzard falls short in the same area that the aforementioned Reese's does; it's just vanilla soft serve and cookie dough.

It beats its competitor, though, because cookie dough itself is a richer product than a crushed candy; which ultimately makes the flavor thicker, tastier and just good enough to crack the top half of the menu.

8. Choco Brownie Extreme

The Choco Brownie Extreme Blizzard is one of Dairy Queen's Signature Creations, meaning:

  1. It has more than just one mix-in
  2. It's a relatively permanent menu item

So:

  1. It has more textures and flavors
  2. You don't have to worry about it going anywhere soon

With chocolate chunks, brownie pieces and fudge, it's one of the more decadent creations offered, and it tastes pretty good when it melts around the edges.

7. Turtle Pecan Cluster

Another Signature Creation, the Turtle Pecan Cluster has been a DQ fan-favorite for at least a decade. Each year, it ranks as one of the franchise's top-selling treats.

For me, it's a solid Blizzard option, but not the best.

The pros? It has a sticky caramel swirl which thickens the ice cream. It also contains chocolate shavings and pecan pieces.

The cons, though, are that those chocolate "shavings" are more of a seasoning than an actual chocolate chunk, and the pecan pieces aren't enough to truly create a hefty bite.

Overall, then, I still find this Blizzard to be too thin — even if it has a nice flavor.

6. Salted Caramel Truffle

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Cracking the upper third of Blizzards, the Salted Caramel Truffle fixes the problem(s) I have with the Turtle Pecan Cluster.

Featuring salted caramel truffles, crushed toffee pieces, chocolate chunks and a swirl of fudge; it has loads of ingredients making it thick and sticky. The salt of the caramel and toffee give it a similar sweet and savory flavor profile to the aforementioned, and the chocolate chunks and fudge magnify the chocolatey taste (rather than make it an accent).

In my opinion, this limited edition flavor should become a menu staple — and the Turtle Pecan should retire.

5. Brownie Batter

A rich, luscious, chocolatey dream, the Brownie Batter Blizzard is one of the most sinfully delicious come-and-go DQ treats currently on the menu. Originally launched in 2004, the cult-classic flavor pops up every once in a while, and causes heartbreak each time it leaves (like the coveted McRib).

With its chewy globs of brownie dough and sweet ribbon of fudge, however, I understand the hype.

4. Oreo

The only one-ingredient Blizzard to crack my top five, the Oreo Blizzard is an absolute DQ classic.

Though it may be nothing more than crushed cookies in vanilla ice cream, it works —because Oreos (unlike M&Ms or Butterfingers) were made to melt in milk.

3. Royal Reese's Fluffernutter

Ok, this is what I needed in the plain Reese's Blizzard.

Here's the recipe:

OUTER LAYER: Reese's cups, peanut butter

INNER LAYER: A marshmallow fluff core

The addition of creamy peanut butter to the original Reese's Blizzard (the outer layer) makes the Reese's flavor more salty and pronounced. And the fluff? Provides the thickness the otherwise watery ice cream was begging for.

Essentially, it's everything I want (but never get) from the OG — so, if you're a Reese's fan, order this one instead.

2. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Party

Peanut butter and cookie dough might be the two most delicious foods on the planet.

So, when DQ decided to put them together in one Blizzard (with crunchy peanut brittle pieces)? It was a massive reason for celebration.

And perhaps that's why it's called the "party."

(The name could also come from the rainbow sprinkles, but that's kind of a chicken-or-the-egg debate. Like, maybe the sprinkles were added after corporate realized the flavor was a winner).

1. Royal New York Cheesecake

Cheesecake pieces and graham crackers around a vibrant core of strawberry topping; the Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard is the stuff Dairy Queen dreams are made of.

Loaded with 450 calories —in a mini — it's every bit as heavy, indulgent and satisfying as a dessert should be.

In the summer, its notes of fruit are sweet and refreshing, and in the winter, it'll remind you of something your little Italian grandmother would bake for Christmas.

From its perfect consistency to irresistible flavor profile, this bakery-inspired treat is hands down the king of the Queen.

Kara VanDooijeweert is a food writer for NorthJersey.com and The Record. If you can't find her in Jersey's best restaurants, she's probably off running a race course in the mountains. Catch her on Instagram:@karanicolev&@northjerseyeats, and sign up for herNorth Jersey Eats newsletter.

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