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Ice Cream "blasts," "blizzards"...which chain has the best?

izzizzi May 9, 2007 01:05 PM

Ok, so just went to Bruster's because I wanted to try one of their "blasts" but I was very dissapointed. By the time the girl gave it to me the ice cream was soupy and luke warm. yuck. i know sonic offers these as well as DQ. I used to love McDonald's flurries, but I refuse to endorse that company. Anyway, opinions, please.

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    Jacey Jun 3, 2007 08:54 PM

    My favorite chain one is at DQ. It was a mint base with oreos. It was delicious last time I had it.

    However, my all-time favorite is from a little ice cream stand in Royal Oak, MI called Jimmy's. It's just open in the summers and I remember going there when I was little. You used to pick either chocolate or vanilla soft serve ice cream and up to three mix ins. I always picked vanilla with pb cups, health bar and sometimes chocolate chunks. Absolutely divine!

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      xman887 Jun 5, 2007 07:29 PM

      i live in troy but have never heard of jimmy's. where is it? ray's on coolidge gets most of the of the press as a royal oak favorite.

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      willrun4food May 31, 2007 11:39 AM

      It depends...if you want to feel alright afterward, DQ blizzard is the way to go.

      But if it's an "I know I'll hate myself later, but screw it, I NEED ice cream" type of thing, a concrete from Culver's is pure sin.

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        starbucksbrew May 23, 2007 07:03 PM

        The original DQ Blizzard is still the best of this concept!

        1. ohromujici May 14, 2007 08:02 PM

          I used to work at a Dairy Queen and I was hooked on chocolate chip cookie dough blizzards like some people are hooked on crack. My favorite way to make one was with a mix of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, 2 shots of hot fudge and double the cookie dough. (no, I wasn't pregnant at the time). We also had this thing called a strawberry mister misty which was a mix of the plain slush ice (sugar and water put in an ice cream freezer so that is the right consistency for a slush) and the strawberries that they use for strawberry sundaes. That was probably my favorite thing there.

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            sarahvagaca May 15, 2007 11:06 PM

            Mmmmm...when I was little I would often get a Mr. Misty freeze which was the slushy concoction ohromujici described (there were several flavors to choose from) mixed with soft serve vanilla ice cream and it was delicious!!

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            taryn May 11, 2007 01:53 AM

            when i lived in the US friendly's had a cyclone, but then changed the name to friend-z (i think). in any case, i loved the reese's pb kind because they mixed it with pb cups, chocolate sauce and the pb sauce.

            1. chica May 11, 2007 01:19 AM

              I actually like the cookies n' cream at El Pollo Loco.

              1. jword2001 May 10, 2007 02:33 PM

                That's really surprising,Brusters here (Orlando area) are excellent,never had a blast ,but have had a few hot fudge shakes,and i must say it is the best I've ever had, and being an old fat guy ,that has delighted himself with every fattening treat i could find coast to coast (literally) that's saying something!. Izzizzi, if there is another Bruster's in your area give'm a nother try,,oh and Dairy Queen is pretty good too,enjoy!.

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                  CatePoole May 10, 2007 01:59 PM

                  Have you ever had a "Blast" from Baskin-Robbins? They have a few different flavors, but my absolute FAVE (the one I positively DREAM about) is the Mocha Blast--coffee, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup... YUM!! VERY refreshing AND you get a nice little caffeine high, too! :)

                  1. thunderbug84 May 10, 2007 09:42 AM

                    I'm partial to Dairy Queen because I worked there when I was 15 years old. And yes, I probably looked like I was 12! Anyways, as long as you know what to order, its amazing. I try to leave the hot fudge out of the blizzards because it tends to melt them (thats what they put in the cookie dough blizzards) and instead I ask for cocoa fudge which is chilled and really rich. Also, some stores have frozen yogurt soft serve which is REALLY good and can be used in the Blizzards. Yum.

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                    1. re: thunderbug84
                      mangorita May 10, 2007 12:46 PM

                      My local Dairy Queen used to have the frozen yogurt but they stopped serving it a few summers ago. I was very upset.

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                        Emme May 13, 2007 02:34 AM

                        Oh how I want a *Breeze* -- the Blizzard but with frozen yogurt. DQ has THE BEST vanilla frozen yogurt, and they add a ridiculously wonderful amount of rainbow sprinkles :-)

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                        jenni May 14, 2007 02:59 PM

                        I worked at a DQ when I was 15 too :) Fun job. And I am still partial to DQ Blizzards. Other places make good ones, but the soft serve at DQ is the best of any place I have tried and that is the key.

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                          izzizzi May 14, 2007 07:19 PM

                          Have you tried B&J's soft serve? Also...do you have an opinion of Sonic's Blast?

                        2. re: thunderbug84
                          Gelato_in_Roma Jun 1, 2007 06:28 AM

                          Dairy Queen was my first job at 16yrs old. My favorite is the Tropical blizzard (banana, coconut, & pecans) or the Turtle blizzard(chocolate cone dip, butterscotch, and pecans). Yum.

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                          jessicheese May 10, 2007 09:39 AM

                          My vote is for the TCBY Shiver. Yum!

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                            carinole May 16, 2007 12:27 PM

                            I second the Shiver. My favorite is peanut butter with oreo

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                            judiftx1 May 10, 2007 09:21 AM

                            When I want to splurge I often will go to my local DQ for a blizzard, and I always enjoy them ... certainly not the best treat in the world, but consistently good, despite the fact that the kids who make them seem to be about twelve !

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