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Apr 20, 2008 06:13 PM

DQ Nostalgia

Anyone else lament the demise of the original, silky DQ soft serve? I can only imagine the fat and calorie content, but it was a great treat.

Is there another source for soft serve that has that dense, creamy consistency?

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  1. I used to love DQ soft serve, until one day I was told by a friend that it contained lard. "That's pig fat you're eating, pig fat!" she chanted. Haven't been able to buy one since!

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    1. re: KevinB

      Just in case anyone wants to know, from the chain's web site:
      Dairy Queen Vanilla Soft Serve: Milkfat and nonfat milk, sugar, corn syrup, whey, mono and diglycerides, artificial flavor, guar gum, polysorbate 80, carrageenan, and vitamin A palmitate.

    2. i don't care what's in it, so long as it stays delicious. i had no idea they'd changed anything; it still tastes fantastic in a peanut buster parfait.

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      1. re: beelzebozo

        I'm talking about a change in the product that I remember having 20 years ago. I BELIEVE that there may have been lard in the original recipe--it was that good.

        I've never really been a frequent flyer at DQ, so I can't put my finger on a particular time frame for the switch.

        1. re: mamaciita

          I know EXACTLY what you mean. I still have that fleeting memory of the taste of the ORIGINAL DQ soft ice-cream. That's how I happened on this site. I was searching for the original recipe. I believe it changed in the early '80's. And you know, considering that virtually everything before that (that tasted great) included in their ingredients, either lard or if you could afford it Crisco (think old time wedding cake frosting, yum), then I believe that could be the missing link that I've been searching for. Darn these health nuts! I don't believe that even one life has been saved by cutting the original recipe. But for sure, I feel sorry for all the generations that never have the opportunity to try that original, magnificent, creamy, delicious DQ ice-cream.

      2. I just miss the Nerd Blizzards! I ate those all the time as a child. It's such a strange combination, and I would probably hate it as an adult.

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        1. re: wannabefoodie

          Wow, I wish I lived near your store growing up! I am currently working on a Dairy Queen Review project to compare prices and quality at the MN DQs. Both can vary quite a bit, and I am sure there is no lard in any of it.

          One thing that a long time DQ employee told me about cone quality is that sometimes extra water was added to the mix so it would freeze faster (or last longer).

          If you are interested in reading my Dairy Queen Cone reviews feel free to stop by my site at

          I am open to guest reviews, too, if you can pass along the prices for sm/med/lg cones and peanut buster parfaits. -Mike

          1. re: wannabefoodie

            I have a cousin, who when younger would always carry a box of Nerds in her purse "In case I want a Nerd Blizzard." Little weirdo.

            1. re: wannabefoodie

              I loved those Orange Nerds Blizzards. Tasted kind of like creamsicles. We had a DQ around the corner from my high school. Very tempting in the late days of the school year when it was hot and there was no AC at the school.

            2. I worked for 3 summers at a DQ in the early-to-mid 80's, and I'm reasonably sure that the ingredient list on the soft-serve mix didn't include lard.
              On Mondays and Tuesdays we had chocolate soft-serve (mostly for the construction of ice cream cakes for the week), but since we rarely ordered enough chocolate soft-serve mix, we'd just dump 5 gallons of regular mix in a bucket and stir in most of a #10 can of chocolate sundae topping. THAT was good ice cream.
              I worked the Brazier grill area mostly, so I only had passing knowledge of the introduction of the Blizzard and later the Queen's Choice hard-packed ice creams (which didn't last very long.) I always made my ice cream items several ounces heavy and the owner was rather strict about product size.
              I do remember that we had butter-toasted buns (on the grill), if you ordered fried onions, you got them (seasoned with popcorn butter salt), and we served many grill items that are long lost to DQ menus. The chili dog split (1/4 lb beef hot dog, split and "crisped up in the fryer", then flattened on the grill to brown it, served with all the condiments cheese and chili -- yum!) barbecue beef sandwiches, breaded mushrooms, and Burger Nuggets, a test item - chunks of breaded hamburger patties, breaded, fried, and served with dipping sauces. And when we got bored, we "invented things" with available ingredients to eat on our breaks. My personal favorite was a double barbecue-bacon-cheeseburger with fried onions, mustard, mayo and pickles. Can't eat THOSE anymore.

              1. I don't know if I ever had the "old" recipe...but, I find frozen custard to be a nice soft-serve's hard to find good soft serve!!! I was underwhelmed w/ Sonic Soft Serve.