Wednesday, April 10, 2013

REVIEW: Dairy Queen Choco Covered Pretzel with Peanut Butter Blizzard (April 2013 Blizzard of the Month)


Just a few weeks after my recent move, I discovered that I lived less than a mile from a Dairy Queen location. I took this as a sign from the ice cream Gods that I should occasionally add some fast food treats to the blog. It seems like there’s a direct correlation between the amount of mix-ins in a particular flavor and the grade I give it; which bodes well for Dairy Queen’s Blizzard of the Month. Their Choco Covered Pretzel with Peanut Butter Blizzard is described as choco covered pretzel pieces, peanut butter and choco chunks in creamy vanilla soft serve. They offer sizes mini through large, but I opted for the medium; which seemed more than enough to serve as an accurate representation.


The substantial weight of the cup and the large influx of chocolate-covered mix-ins sitting on top verify the 900 calories contained inside, but could become more manageable if you ordered the 380 calorie mini or 660 calorie small sized portions. Dairy Queen has always seemed to pride themselves on their patented vanilla soft-serve and although I’m usually opposed to lighter, less dense ice creams, I embrace my first Blizzard purchase for what it is. The nature of these churned creations don’t allow for the vanilla ice cream to be tasted independently so all the components must be experienced all at once, just the way Dairy Queen intended. I plunge my long, red spoon into the middle of the cup and bring out my first bite; complete with fudge chunks and chocolate-coated pretzels. The soft-serve base is so infused with the peanut butter syrup they've drizzled inside that the taste resembles that of a peanut butter ice cream more so than vanilla. The light-airy consistency is not only attributed to the soft-serve characteristics, but also to the lower butterfat content of the ice cream itself. This gives the ice cream portion of the blizzard a non-super-premium feel. Fortunately for us, Dairy Queen makes up for the subpar base with the more than ample amount of mix-ins they’ve added to assist the soft-serve.


The peanut butter syrup, as I mentioned before, has infused itself with the vanilla soft-serve and strings across many of the mix-ins that sit on top of the cup. This gives nearly every bite a steady dose of peanut butter flavoring; one that compliments both the vanilla and the chocolate. The choco chunks come in the form of various sized slivers of soft, milk chocolate; as well as larger sized shapes that resemble those of the choco-covered pretzels. They make their way into every spoonful, and depending on the size, provide a varying range of crunch to each bite. Where most chocolate chips used in premium ice creams are frequently too hard, the soft, fast-melting texture of these provides a rich contrast to the base ice cream.


The real highlight of this Blizzard of the Month is the high amount of choco-covered pretzel pieces they’ve included. The chocolate exterior quickly melts away to expose the crunchy pretzel stick inside. These provide a high amount of crunch to a flavor that already had a complex texture, which made this Blizzard relevant in the rankings. This combination of chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, salt and some crunch do their best Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby impersonation, but comes up short when compared to the super-premium competition. Another topic that should be touched on seems to be the inconsistency from store to store. My particular cup was chock full of different mix-ins, however some of the other examples I've seen haven't been so fortunate. Where you can expect the same product over and over from many of the major manufacturers, human error at some of these fast food locales can account for some deviation when it comes to these Blizzard Treats.


Where I Found It: Dairy Queen
Grade: B

18 comments:

  1. Trying this blizzard this weekend! Can't wait.

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    1. I hadn't enjoyed a Blizzard in years, so this was a nice reintroduction. I hope the person making yours gives you one as well-made as mine!

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  2. I work at dq and this whole review is bullshit after bullshit. Where did you come up with the chocolate pretzels and chunks beings the same chocolate? They aren't at all. We get the pretzels from a different distributor than we do our chocolate chunks. Also of course the peanut butter swirl would mix in with the soft serve seeing as we don't use actual peanut butter but a syrup. You seem to lack commonsense and if you're going to review something, get your facts straight.

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    1. Thanks for your providing your insight as an actual Dairy Queen employee. I've corrected much of the misinformation I had in the review thanks to this new information. I thought the choco chunks and the coating of the choco covered pretzels tasted similar, but since they come from different distributors, I doubt they use the exact same chocolate. It also makes sense that Dairy Queen uses a peanut butter syrup instead of actual peanut butter, especially with how it managed to string across the top of all my mix-ins.

      Again, thanks dropping some knowledge on me!

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    2. Alex, did you have to say this like such an asshole?

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    3. Yes I did. I hate when people act like they know things when they don't. If they aren't sure about something don't misinform people. Just say you think they are similar and don't say it in an absolute kind of way. It's not hard at all and is just really irritating. He seems to do this throughout his other posts but I haven't said anything because I don't have first hand knowledge like I do with this product.

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    4. I hardly call me saying that the choco chunks and the coating on the choco covered pretzels appeared to be the same as misinforming. And please feel free to point out any errors in my other posts. I certainly try my best to accurately represent the products I review. Again, thanks for the inside scoop on exactly how Dairy Queen makes their Blizzards.

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    5. I doubt Dairy Queen would approve of the way you are representing their company, Alex.

      It's nice to get the facts straight, but you are clearly being a jerk to someone who was being very respectful to your comment.

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    6. Hey, at least your reviews are interesting enough...I just got called lackluster :)

      I personally come here all the time, you're always so detailed on every aspect and while I don't always agree 100% (except where Talenti's Sea Salt Caramel is concerned!) I always enjoy reading your reviews. Thanks for stepping out into the fast food area.

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  3. Ice cream informant, you didn't say they appeared to be the same, you said they were the same.

    Oneday, it gets irritating reading things that are wrong over and over again.

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    1. Point taken. Hopefully I didn't offend of misinform too many people before I made the correction.

      Anything else you'd like to bring to my attention about any other errors?

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  4. If ALex gets this upset over an icecream review I feel sorry for his wife.I enjoy reading your reviews Informant,but if u don't ALex maybe u should move on
    .Informant,hope you find B&J Vanilla Carmel Fudge,good stuff.

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  5. Informant I don't see where you misstated anything.How the he'll were you suppose to know they were 2 different chocolates from 2 different distributors.You thought they tasted the same.You don't work at Dairy Queen,unlike Alex.You give a review of how these icecreams taste,I don't think you should hold yourself responsible for where all the mix ins are distributed.Alex,move on.......

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    1. In Alex's defense, it's been corrected now so the original mistakes have been deleted. All should be well now though.

      Enough arguing though...back on topic!

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  6. ICI, thanks for the review. Would like to see more of these type of reviews in the future.

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    1. Not a problem. I enjoyed doing this one!

      And look out for more of these in the future. There are a ton of fast food venues in my area so it shouldn't be a problem switching it up with some of these every once in a while.

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    2. Looking forward to it. This will be a nice addition to the blog. I do enjoy the monthly DQ and BR offerings every once in a while.

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    3. I'm the same way. I'd rather have a pint of super-premium, but the occasional fast food offering is a nice change of pace every so often.

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