Though criticized for her refusal to abandon monarchy, the Dairy Queen's excellent human-rights record puts the Prime Rib Minister, whose hands are stained with insurgent jus, to shame. Pay tribute to one of history's greatest confectionery leaders with today's Groupon: $5 gets you $10 worth of treats at Dairy Queen or Orange Julius in Las Vegas on Las Vegas Boulevard.
The DQ Treat Centers offer a cool respite to sun-baked souls. It's been 70 years since the first Dairy Queen opened its doors, and the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies, such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($3.19–$3.99). The Peanut Buster Parfait ($3.49) slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge and peanuts for an appealingly layered delight. Seekers of savory servings can eschew sweet treats in favor of meaty delights such as a bacon cheddar burger ($3.49) or a six-piece chicken strip basket ($5.29). Indulge in the refreshing avalanche of a Blizzard or the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius's fruity favorites to craft an epicurean epilogue for sated stomach sacks.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic” powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers’ cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit purée forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast 150 calories or fewer.