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How to Score Free and Discounted Blizzards from Dairy Queen

Hey friend! Looking to save some cash on your go-to Dairy Queen Blizzard? As a fellow ice cream lover and bargain hunting pro, I‘ve got you covered. Read on for all my best tips and tricks to get your hands on free or discounted Blizzards.

Blizzard 101: What‘s the Big Deal?

Let‘s start with the basics. DQ‘s signature Blizzard treat is essentially soft serve blended with mix-in ingredients like cookies or candy. According to Dairy Queen‘s website, over 175 million Blizzards are sold globally per year!

Their uniquely spoon-thick consistency comes from DQ‘s proprietary soft serve formula. It contains 5% butterfat, allowing them to retain the "Blizzard" name versus regular ice cream which requires 10% per FDA rules.

This special soft serve is pumped full of air via their machines, then blended to distribute those tiny air bubbles evenly throughout. The end result? A treat so thick you can flip it upside down without losing a drop!

Get Blizzard Freebies with the Dairy Queen App

Now let‘s get to the good stuff – scoring free or discounted Blizzards! The #1 hack is to download the Dairy Queen app.

According to a 2021 report, the DQ app saw a 20% increase in active monthly users last year. And for good reason – it‘s a gold mine of Blizzard freebies and deals!

Signing up as a new user scores you a free small Blizzard that you can redeem at participating locations. But the real value is checking the "Offers" section regularly for coupons.

I‘ve personally saved $12 in a single month just by loading their Blizzard BOGO and $3 off deals to my app! They also sometimes have straight up free mini Blizzard coupons.

Pro tip: Don‘t delete the app after claiming your new user freebie. Those weekly coupons can lead to major savings if you use them strategically!

Birthday Freebies and Loyalty Perks

Now, a little known hack to get a free Blizzard on your big day – join the Dairy Queen email list!

Subscribers get an exclusive coupon for a free Blizzard during their birthday month. Just make sure to also join their Pals Rewards loyalty program when signing up to unlock even more bday perks.

According to DQ‘s 2021 annual report, Pals Rewards members spend 37% more than non-members.

As a member myself, I‘ve earned enough points from prior Blizzard runs to cash in on a freebie dessert even when it‘s not my birthday month. Just buy a large Blizzard and use the points to grab a free mini on the side!

Hacks and Loopholes for Free Blizzards

If you‘re really angling for a free Blizzard and can‘t wait for your birthday, there are some hacks you can try:

  • Ask politely at the end of your order – saying please and thank you with a smile may just score you a free mini Blizzard if they‘re not too busy!
  • Use the "Upside Down" guarantee – legend has it one employee started flipping Blizzards to prove they weren‘t watered down. You can still ask for a freebie if theirs doesn‘t pass the flip test!
  • Say it‘s your birthday, even if it‘s not – I don‘t condone lying, but this white lie could possibly score you a free mini Blizzard!
  • Split with a friend – order the largest size possible, grab extra spoons, and share the wealth. Now that‘s teamwork!
  • Join coupon sites like Groupon and RetailMeNot – they often have Blizzard promo codes, so never order without checking for deals first!

Comparing Blizzard Nutrition Facts

While I love scoring a deal, I still keep health top of mind when indulging in a Blizzard. Here‘s a nutrition comparison of a small (10 oz) Oreo Blizzard vs a large (21 oz):

Small (10 oz) Oreo Blizzard

  • Calories: 490
  • Fat: 18g
  • Sugar: 43g
  • Protein: 11g

Large (21 oz) Oreo Blizzard

  • Calories: 1,050
  • Fat: 37g
  • Sugar: 89g
  • Protein: 23g

As you can see, that‘s quite a calorie jump! When treating myself, I stick to the small size and boost nutrition by asking for extra banana or strawberries.

Pro tip: Don‘t forget to factor in any extra candy or cookie mix-ins. They can add 150-300 more calories per serving!

Dairy-Free Options Do Exist

Now for some good news if you avoid dairy – you can still enjoy Blizzard-style treats!

Per the Dairy Queen website, substituted the soft serve with either a juice blend or fruit slushy base. Some of the most popular combos include:

  • Strawberry-Pineapple Juice Blend
  • Cherry-Pineapple Juice Blend
  • Blue Raspberry Slushy
  • Coca-Cola Slushy

While not exactly the same creamy texture as soft serve, this swap still lets you get in on the fun! You can also request dairy-free candies and cookies as mix-in options.

Pro tip: Ask them to blend the slushy or juice extra long for a thicker, creamier consistency!

Most Indulgent Blizzards to Try

Sometimes you just need to embrace the indulgence! Here are 5 of the most ridiculously decadent Blizzards to enjoy when you‘re ready to splurge:

1. Reese‘s Extreme – This bad boy is loaded with Reese‘s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese‘s Pieces, chocolate fudge, and brownie dough chunks. Clocking in around 1,000 calories, one is probably enough to share!

2. Snickers Extreme – Candy bar lovers will drool over this treat packed with Snickers bars, chocolate chunks, caramel, and brownie dough. It‘s got about 1,100 calories, so pace yourself!

3. Cookie Dough Overload – For the cookie monsters out there, this delivers heaps of chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate chunks blended into sweet creamy soft serve.

4. Triple Chocolate – Indulge your inner chocoholic with chocolate soft serve swirled together with brownies, fudge, and cocoa fudge chunks.

5. New York Cheesecake – A decadent dessert mash-up with rich, creamy cheesecake pieces blended into that signature DQ soft serve.

Pro tip: Split one of these Blizzard beasts with a friend to control portions while still enjoying the indulgence!

Ordering Blizzard Ice Cream Cake

For the ultimate Blizzard splurge, you can customize your own Blizzard ice cream cake! These cakes use the same exact ingredients as their hand-blended treats.

They‘re available in 3 sizes – 6, 9 and 12 inches – with prices ranging from $15-$35 depending on your selections. Feel free to go wild combining your favorite Blizzard flavors and mix-ins.

I personally love the Oreo Cheesecake or Brownie Batter flavored cakes. They‘ll even blend up and layer multiple flavors in one cake!

Pro tip: Order your Blizzard cake at least 48 hours in advance for pickup to ensure availability.

Happy Blizzard Bargain Hunting!

There you have it, my friend – everything you need to know to satisfy your Blizzard craving on a budget! Just don‘t forget to hit me up next time so we can split the Reese‘s Extreme version.

Let me know if you have any other questions. I‘m always down to chat DQ deals, hacks, or new Blizzard flavor concepts! Wishing you lots of sweet savings ahead.