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" Technically , our soft - serve does not qualify to be called ice cream ," the Dairy Queen site fesses up. The company also explains that its famous soft - serve once fell into the FDA' s category of " ice milk." But the FDA scrapped that category of products to allow companies to market their frozen dairy
It's called soft - serve for a reason, and the company has stated before that the frozen delight served in its thousands of locations doesn' t exactly qualify as ice cream . Want to know what makes Dairy Queen ' s soft - serve taste so delicious? That's too bad, because it's made with a secret formula that
© Provided by Eat This, Not That! Scan the menu at your local Dairy Queen, and you’ll spot blizzards, cones, parfaits, banana splits, shakes, and malts. But noticeably absent from the menu? Ice cream!
File this in the “weird, but true” category: Dairy Queen’s frozen treats aren’t actually ice cream. The reason comes down to some good ole’ technicalities from the Food and Drug Administration. While fancier ice cream companies are ramping up the milkfat content in their products, Dairy Queen is sticking with its original recipe. As it turns out, the fast food chain doesn’t use enough milkfat for its Blizzards, ice cream cones, and other treats to meet the FDA’s official ice cream qualifications. Once you learn more about Dairy Queen’s soft serve, don’t miss the Best Ice Cream Shop in Every State, too!
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Why isn’t Dairy Queen soft serve ice cream?
To earn an “ice cream” categorization, a product must have a minimum milkfat (or butterfat, as DQ calls it) content of 10%. DQ’s soft serve, meanwhile, has just five percent milkfat.
“Technically, our soft serve does not qualify to be called ice cream,” the Dairy Queen site fesses up. The company also explains that its famous soft serve once fell into the FDA’s category of “ice milk.” But the FDA scrapped that category of product to allow companies to market their frozen dairy products with lower milkfat content using terms like “low-fat” and “reduced fat.”
Dairy Queen’s soft serve does fit into the FDA’s “reduced-fat” category, and its shake mix would count as “low-fat,” the company website explains, but the company has never marked it that way.
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Does that mean DQ treats are healthy?
Nope! Even though they have a lower butterfat content, that doesn’t mean Dairy Queen products are fat-free or sugar-free. Dairy Queen doesn’t currently have any sugar-free or fat-free options on its menu, although there are a few no-sugar-added options. Here’s a look at the nutrition information for a small Oreo Cookie Blizzard Treat. © Courtesy of Dairy Queen dairy queen oreo blizzard in blue cup with plastic red spoon
610 calories, 22 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 390 mg sodium, 91 g carbs (1g fiber, 67 g sugar), 12 g protein
Has the DQ recipe changed over time?
While the FDA definitions have changed, the Dairy Queen products have remained the same, and that’s something that Dairy Queen is proud of, too.
John Fremont McCullough developed the soft serve formula that’s used in Dairy Queen desserts before the first DQ ever opened. (The original location was in Joliet, Illinois, and it opened in 1940.) Decades later, the same recipe for soft serve is still going strong, even if it’s not officially an ice cream recipe.
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Soft serve , also known as soft ice , is a frozen dairy dessert, similar to ice cream but softer and less dense as a result of air being introduced during freezing. Soft serve has been sold commercially since the late 1930 s in the US.
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Are there any other fun facts about Dairy Queen?
You may have heard that if a DQ employee doesn’t serve your blizzard treat upside down, then it’s free. Fact or fiction?
Well, it depends. It’s up to the independent franchise owner at each restaurant to decide whether the blizzards will be served upside down. And it’s the franchisee’s decision if they want to participate in the promotion if their employees forget to do the customary inverted serve. And, hey, could “ice cream” perform that party trick?
Dairy Queen’s soft serve doesn’t meet the FDA qualifications to be ice cream. But that doesn’t mean it has any less of a place in fans’ hearts. Even with the lower milkfat content, blizzards are still creamy, and they come in so many fun flavors—what’s not to love? Plus, check out the surprising things you didn’t know About Dairy Queen.
Gallery: The unhealthiest ice cream pints in America—ranked!
The Unhealthiest Ice Cream Pints in America—Ranked!
Whether we all scream for ice cream or not, one thing’s for certain: If you can eat dairy, you likely appreciate a scoop of the sweet stuff from time to time. You don’t have to run out to your town’s local ice cream shop to get a scoop or two, or, on the other end of the spectrum, buy an entire quart of ice cream from your grocer to satisfy your sweet fix.
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The happy medium between the two is the pint of your favorite ice cream flavor that you can easily find in any supermarket, which contains anywhere from three to four servings depending on the brand (even though a pint might seem like a personal size and leave you eating the whole thing).
Of course, it’s hard to have self-control and eat just one serving of the frozen treat, which is why it’s not uncommon to demolish the entire container in just one sitting. For some brands though, eating an entire pint’s worth can cost you an inordinate amount of calories, fat, and sugar. Yikes.
Because we know it’s hard to limit yourself to a single serving, we set out to find some of the unhealthiest ice cream pints from a handful of top-selling brands nationwide, so that you know exactly what you’re committing to when you grab a spoon and crack open that container.
Here are some of the unhealthiest ice cream pints you can eat, calorically-speaking. We’re sorry in advance if your favorite frozen treat made our list!
From Bad to Absolute Worst
Methodology: In order to identify the unhealthiest ice cream pints in America, we compiled a list of the most caloric pints of ice cream from seven well-known ice cream brands in the United States. We excluded exclusively local and regional ice cream brands to avoid providing context for a niche audience.
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We chose to showcase the top two most caloric pints of ice cream for the following brands: Ben & Jerry’s, Häagen-Dazs, Magnum, Tillamook, and Coolhaus, as they each have multiple high-calorie ice cream flavors. The other two brands represented on this list are Blue Bell Creameries and Blue Bunny.
We only considered the top two most unhealthy pints (at most) from each brand to ensure we represented a larger range of ice cream brands. To break ties, we deemed the ice cream pint more unhealthy with at least two of the following criteria: a greater amount of total fat, saturated fat, sodium, sugar, or a smaller amount of protein.
Only ice cream pints or ice cream pint equivalents were considered, which range from 14 ounces to the standard 16-ounce pint. We also excluded sorbet, gelato, and dairy-free products from our rank.
12. Blue Bell Creameries' Pecan Pralines 'n Cream
Note: this is not the image of the pint size.
Nutrition (16 ounces): 760 calories, 36 g fat (20 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 320 mg sodium, 88 g carbs (0 g fiber, 80 g sugar), 12 g protein
Blue Bell Creameries has origins in Brenham, Texas, selling its first batch of ice cream over a century ago in 1907. Now, it’s among one of the most recognizable ice cream companies in the nation. While Blue Bell Creameries’ ice cream as a whole isn’t unhealthy, one particular flavor stands out among the rest: Pecan Pralines ‘n Cream. Why? Not only is it the most caloric pint of ice cream you can get your hands on within the brand, but it also contains an alarming 80 grams of sugar. To put this into perspective, that’s about as much sugar that’s in two 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola.
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11. Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Party
Nutrition (16 ounces): 880 calories, 52 g fat (24 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 480 mg sodium, 88 g carbs (4 g fiber, 68 g sugar), 16 g protein
Blue Bunny is another reputable ice cream company that can be found in big supermarkets. A single pint of Blue Bunny’s Peanut Butter Party ice cream contains nearly 900 calories though—that’s almost half your daily calories, which is a lot to devote to just dessert. You’ll notice that ice creams with peanut butter swirled into the mix are some of the biggest calorie and fat offenders across the board (including on this list). Remember, just two tablespoons of the nut butter comprises about 16 grams of total fat and just under 200 calories.
10. Coolhaus' Buttered French Toast
Nutrition (16 ounces): 930 calories, 48 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 420 mg sodium, 114 g carbs (3 g fiber, 99 g sugar), 12 g protein
French toast in ice cream? Coolhaus goes beyond traditional flavors—they even have a flavor called “Milkshake & Fries AKA Fast Food.” This classic breakfast food-inspired flavor of ice cream is packed in calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates, and sugar, making it one of the unhealthiest pints of ice cream on the market. With a staggering 114 carbs and 99 grams of sugar, this pint of ice cream has more carbs and sugar than IHOP’s entire Original French Toast meal, which “only” costs you 84 grams of carbs and 28 grams of sugar.
9. Coolhaus' Street Cart Churro Dough
Nutrition (16 ounces): 990 calories, 63 g fat (42 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 105 mg sodium, 93 g carbs (6 g fiber, 57 g sugar), 9 g protein
Another one of Coolhaus’ funky ice cream flavors costs you a boatload of calories and saturated fat, so what made this particular flavor make the naughty list, and even more so than its French toast counterpart? A pint of the Street Cart Churro Dough ice cream just about wipes out half of your day’s worth of calories and costs you about 15 grams of saturated fat shy of what’s in an entire stick of butter. The one plus side to Coolhaus ice cream products is that they don’t use artificial sweeteners—so the sweetness your tongue detects in this particular flavor is from organic cane and brown sugar, as well as molasses. Still, that’s a small plus in comparison to the calories and saturated fat you’ll be consuming eating this entire pint.
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8. Magnum's Double Cookie Crumble Ice Cream Tub
Nutrition (14.8 ounces): 1,060 calories, 68 g fat (37 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 230 mg sodium, 104 g carbs (5 g fiber, 87 g sugar), 13 g protein
Imagine breaking through the surface of a hard chocolate coating, just to plunge into a creamy pint of decadent sweet ice cream that encloses more bits of chocolate that are all entwined in swirls of chocolate cookie sauce. If you’ve got the mental image captured, then you know what you’re getting into when you crack open a pint of Magnum’s Double Cookie Crumble Ice Cream Tub. You can also likely infer from that description exactly why it contains more than 1,000 calories in a single pint.
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Nutrition (14.8 ounces): 1,090 calories, 69 g fat (37 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 170 mg sodium, 104 g carbs (4 g fiber, 91 g sugar), 18 g protein
There are 91 grams of sugar in this pint of ice cream, which is about as much sugar that’s in nearly three standard 1.69-ounce bags of milk chocolate M&M’s. Not to mention, you’d save about 370 calories and nearly 20 grams of saturated fat if you opted for the three bags of the popular candy pieces over this ice cream.
6. Häagen-Dazs' Banana Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream
Nutrition (14 ounces): 1,190 calories, 81 g fat (39 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 333 mg sodium, 88 g carbs (4 g fiber, 77 g sugar), 25 g protein
When you think of a rich and creamy ice cream, Häagen-Dazs likely comes to mind, and the Banana Peanut Butter Chip is at the forefront of decadent flavors. If the mere name of the ice cream flavor caused you to salivate, wait until you hear how the Häagen-Dazs company website describes this rich ice cream: “Ribbons of rich peanut butter and bits of chocolate chips are folded into sweet banana ice cream to create this playfully indulgent flavor.” But then that vision is shattered as you realize how much fat, sodium, and sugar is in one pint.
5. Häagen-Dazs' Peanut Butter Salted Fudge Ice Cream
Nutrition (14 ounces): 1,190 calories, 81 g fat (39 g saturated fat, 1.75 g trans fat), 525 mg sodium, 91 g carbs (4 g fiber, 84 g sugar), 21 g protein
Another peanut butter flavored ice cream strikes again! A single pint of this ice cream which, note, is two ounces less than a traditional pint of ice cream, packs nearly 1,200 calories. For context, you can eat just as many calories in two McDonald’s Quarter Pounder (with cheese) sandwiches. If you ate the cheeseburgers, you would actually save 25 grams of total fat. While near identical in nutrition to its peanut butter cousin listed as the sixth unhealthiest ice cream, we deemed this Häagen-Dazs flavor a bit more unhealthy because of its lower protein content and higher sugar content.
4. Tillamook's Speculoos Cookie Caramel Ice Cream
Nutrition (15.5 ounces): 1,110 calories, 60 g fat (39 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat), 390 mg sodium, 135 g carbs (0 g fiber, 111 g sugar), 15 g protein
Tillamook’s Speculoos Cookie Caramel Ice Cream may have fewer calories and total fat than some of the other ice creams that precede it, but the fact that it contains 111 grams of sugar lends it a jump in the rank. Just how much are 111 grams of sugar? Think about it this way, that’s about as much as what’s in 28 packets of sugar. Repulsed? So are we. On the bright side, this ice cream only contains 11 ingredients, which is much less than other packaged ice creams out there.
3. Tillamook's Double Nutty Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Nutrition (15.5 ounces): 1,380 calories, 102 g fat (36 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 750 mg sodium, 93 g carbs (6 g fiber, 81 g sugar), 33 g protein
At nearly 1,400 calories, Tillamook’s Double Nutty Peanut Butter ice cream is overflowing with fat, clocking in at a total of 102 grams. For context, you could eat half of a jar of Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter—which contains about 1,330 calories and 112 grams of total fat—as a comparable treat. You’d also get 52 grams of protein, rather than just 33 grams in the ice cream version, not that we would advise you to do this, of course!
2. Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby
Nutrition (16 ounces): 1,400 calories, 84 g fat (44 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 640 mg sodium, 132 g carbs (4 g fiber, 104 g sugar), 28 g protein
What list about high-calorie ice cream pints would be complete without any mention of Ben & Jerry’s? The Chubby Hubby ice cream flavor is the second most unhealthy ice cream pint. Because the name of this flavor is cutesy and not descriptive—a signature move of Ben & Jerry’s—here’s what makes the Chubby Hubby what it is: “Vanilla malt ice cream with peanutty fudge-covered pretzels with fudge & peanut buttery swirls,” as stated on the site and at the bottom of the ice cream pint. So a ton of fudge, peanut butter, and pretzels mixed into malt ice cream—it’s pretty clear how this ice cream accumulates so much saturated fat, carbs, and sugar, yes? There’s a reason it’s one of their most popular pints.
1. Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup
Nutrition (16 ounces): 1,400 calories, 96 g fat (52 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 540 mg sodium, 108 g carbs (4 g fiber, 108 g sugar), 28 g protein
And finally, the most unhealthy ice cream pint of them all is Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup. This pint has the largest combination of calories, total, and saturated fat, as well as sugar, of any of the brands incorporated on this list. If you just love peanut butter in ice cream but also want to save your waistline, it may be time to opt for an alternative ice cream brand. For comparison, HALO TOP’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream clocks in at just 380 calories, 14 grams of total fat, and 24 grams of sugar per pint.
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