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: $8 gets you $16 worth of treats at Dairy Queen/Orange Julius in Troy.
The DQ Treat Center offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. Celebrating its 26th year, the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies, such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers, and other flavor options, including Georgia Mud Fudge, blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve (up to $4.29). The Fudge Brownie Temptation Sundae (up to $3.99) nestles devlish delights in the comforting nest of a waffle bowl. This location harnesses the relentless power of the Blizzard alongside the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius drinks (up to $4.19) and fruit smoothies (up to $4.99) with real fruit and options for nutritional boosts to create a sweet-treat superpower.
Dairy Queen/Orange Julius
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.