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Homemade Blizzards

Did you know that the Dairy Queen Blizzard is 25 years old?! Now, that makes me feel a little old. I remember when they first came out and the commercials and ads were everywhere.

I love Blizzards and they were quite a treat when I was growing up. I grew up in a small logging town of less than 2,000 people in northwest Oregon. There is often not a lot of things to do in a small town so, driving the fifteen miles to the Dairy Queen out on the highway was an exciting outing as a kid.

We often got treats like the dilly bar or just a plain cone because they were the cheapest things to buy. However, we loved it when they had the blizzards on sale for 99 cents because then my dad would let us get one of those.

I now live where I do not have a Dairy Queen close to me, so I have had to be creative and find a way to enjoy a blizzard at home. I love to come up with make at home versions of our favorite things because they are usually easy and less expensive to make. In fact, Blizzards are one of the easiest at home things that I make.

What I love about these is that you can make them just the way you like them. You can use vanilla or chocolate ice cream. You can use what ever candy you like. M&M’s work, so do butterfingers, and Oreo cookies, Reese’s pieces, Heath Bars, there are so many versions that you can make.

The one in the pictures is a chocolate chip mint version.

These measurements are not really exact. You can vary the amounts according to how thick you like yours. The candy amounts vary depending on the candy. I usually use half a candy bar or half a package of M&M’s, but you can add more if you like more candy.

I know that many places sell their own version of these. In my area both Sonic and Braums have a version. They are all very similar though.

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  1. Yum! Today is Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day! They donate $1 or more from every Blizzard to help out local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. My DQ isn’t participating, but I’m sure lots of them are! 🙂

  2. So funny. Hubby stopped and got 5 different kinds of candy bars last night and we all made blizzards here at our house! I was in college when they first came out and my favorite (then and now) is an m and m and heath blizzard.

  3. I know what you mean about the 25th anniversary of the Blizzard! I said “are you kidding me, they can’t be that old!!” We went for a Blizzard treat just yesterday and I haven’t been in so long, I didn’t realized they make Mini Blizzards now! And oh, so sad for you not to have one in your area, but Sonic does get thumbs up from my family too!

  4. Hooray for Blizzards! My favorite is the Turtle Pecan. Don’t think I could easily recreate that one… 🙂

  5. Thanks for reminding me about this. I have a dairy-free, soy-free ice cream that I make for my daughter. I’m not sure why I’ve never thought to make her a Blizzard before!

  6. Leigh Ann says

    I worked at a DQ in college. My favorite was the banana pudding blizzard with chopped bananas and crushed vanilla wafers. I don’t think they sell that kind anymore.

  7. What a great idea!! Love it.
    I could store some candy bars in the bag of the freezer for these special treats.
    Thanks for posting

  8. yeah!! Thank you! I’ve been craving DQ Blizzards… but, as you know, they are off limits with nut allergies. Now, I can enjoy them at home!!

  9. DQ Blizzards are my FAVE! They just opened a Sonic here a few weeks ago so I still need to stop by and try their ice cream. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. DQ Blizzards are a great treat! It will be fun to be able to make them at home. I was just looking through your dessert recipes for some inspiration and this looks so good. What town did you grow up in? I live in NW Oregon too (Clatskanie) and was just curious, it’s definately a small world!

  11. I was a diabetic for 46 years and in July of 2013 I received a kidney/pancreas transplant and I am no longer a diabetic!!! Praise The Lord. I have had a lot of first in the last year and the DQ blizzard has been one of them. They are great. I love the snickers and the butter-finger but now I think I will try to make my own and only visit DQ on special occasions. Thanks for the tip!! I also have had a piece of a blizzard cake and it was great also. Here’s to a world of trying new things!!

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