Best & Worst

Best and Worst Blizzard at Dairy Queen

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Is there any dessert more aptly named than the Blizzard? As in, having the potential to get totally freakin’ out of control.

The soft-serve ice cream dessert has a number of potential nutritional pitfalls, from the multitude of options for mix-ins (including Oreo cookies, M&Ms, brownies and various candy bars, though not, as of yet, the kitchen sink) to the range of sizes, from the new 6-ounce mini to the 600-plus-gram large. When it comes to calories and fat, certain varieties are less like DQ’s classic vanilla cone (140 calories) and closer to a blended Big Mac. So when you’re facing down the menu of sugary snowdrifts, be prepared.

Eat This!

Banana Split Blizzard, small, 297 g

Calories

440

Fat

14 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Carbs

71 g

Sugar

58 g

Protein

11 g

Not That!

Brownie Cookie Dough Blizzard, large, 624 g

Calories

1,510

Fat

63 g

Saturated Fat

40 g

Carbs

217 g

Sugar

125 g

Protein

26 g

Don’t consider the inexplicably high protein count a silver lining in a large cup of the Brownie Cookie Dough. You’d have to be a pro athlete to justify shoveling down this snow bank: Three-and-a-half hours of lap swimming would barely burn off those calories, the same as three Big Macs or two Double Quarter Pounders with Cheese. The Banana Split flavor is the lowest-calorie, least-fat option in all sizes. But be warned: The large still clocks in at 780 calories, or the same as one-and-a-half DQ’s bacon cheeseburgers, so stick to a Small to avoid a dietary Snowpocalypse. Also watch out for temporary “special” flavor the Cotton Candy Blizzard, which was brought back this spring because it’s a customer favorite. We’re not fans: It packs a terrifying 2,020 calories and 49 grams of fat into one large serving.


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