Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen, a chain of soft serve ice cream and fast-food restaurants is one of the most visited ice cream shops in America. WIth more than 5,000 locations spread throughout the United States the chain has been providing Blizzards and sundaes to families for over 75 years.

One thing that makes the chain so unique is that there are four different stores that make up the chain including standard stores, DQ/Orange Julius stores, Dairy Queen Brazier stores, and DQ Grill and Chill. Each store has the company's signature dessert, but some offer things such as hot food and treats like DQ Grills.

Hours and Locations

As Dairy Queen is based off of a franchise model, many locations can vary on the hours they are open. For many locations it appears that the typical hours of operations are from 11:00am to 10:00pm Monday through Sunday. Again with many stores being open at different hours it is a good idea to research the closest location to you before paying a visit. It’s important to keep in mind the hours of operations might be different on holidays like New Year's day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday and Black Friday. Hours.com is often used by people who are trying to find out if “there is a Dairy Queen  near me, that’s open today”.

Our restaurant locator will help you locate the closest store and the hours of operation. With over 6,400 locations worldwide, it is always easy to find a spot to enjoy the company’s signature Blizzard. This is especially true for Texas, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana with each location having over 285 stores.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dairy Queen

Very few people have never had the opportunity to try a blizzard or ice cream from Dairy Queen. With so many location spread throughout the United States it is typically the first ice cream parlor a person is exposed to. With this being said, the quick service chain still has a few things patrons may not know about, like these 5 things:

  1. DQ’s soft serve ice cream recipe was created in 1938.
  2. The curl on top of all soft-serves is a company trademark.
  3. The largest Dairy Queen location is in Saudi Arabia.
  4. The chain sold more than 175 million Blizzards the year it was introduced.
  5. Dennis the Menace was the Spokestoon for DQ from 1971 to 2001.

Menu Items & Specialties

With over 19 different Blizzard options, most customers try to make it their personal goal to try all of the flavors at least once. A few of the personal favorites are Royal Oreo, Butterfinger, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. If you aren’t in the mood for a Blizzard then there is always the option of trying out an ice cream cake or ice cream cupcake. Both options come with vanilla ice cream, frosting, and oreo bits in the middle. Some stores also serve hot food like hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders.

A Brief History

The first Dairy Queen location was opened in Joliet, Illinois during the Summer of 1940. The only offerings at the time were the chains signature soft serve ice cream. Needless to say it was a hit as the the store sold more than 1,600 servings of the creamy goodness within two hours. The company decided on a franchise model to quickly expand its footprint domestically and internationally. The model proved to be successful as the brand has seen continuous growth with more than 6,400 worldwide.

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