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.
Conveniently located in the 140-store Cary Towne Center mall, the DQ Treat Center offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. Celebrating its 25th year, the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers and newer flavor options like Strawberry CheeseQuake blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($3.19–$3.89). The Peanut Buster Parfait ($4.19) slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge and peanuts for an appealingly layered delight. This location harnesses the relentless power of the DQ Blizzard alongside the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius smoothies ($4.49) and fruit drinks ($3.19–$3.79) to create a sweet treat superpower.
Those opting for a salty over sweet will swoon at DQ's 100% beef hot dogs, available plain or doused in scrumptious chili and cheese (both $2.79).