Last Updated on January 15, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

When you are talking about Dairy Queen you are surely thinking about ice cream. This is an ice cream and fast-food restaurant chain which can be found all over the United States, but also around the world. You can find a wide variety of food items in each of these restaurants, like American fast-food favorites and, of course, its signature soft-serve ice cream, but also other frozen products like slush.

The Dairy Queen company refers to the menu items it sells as “fan food” and not fast food. The restaurant was founded in the 1940s and served a new type of dessert treat and, shortly after that, extended into a very successful fast-food franchise. It’s been more than eighty years since the restaurant was in operation.

You can find Dairy Queen also under the name of DQ®. The recipe for success for its franchise system is a mix of people who work hard in the restaurants owned and operated by them, plus delicious desserts and food served inside these restaurants.

The company has the mission “to create positive memories for all who touch Dairy Queen®” and it has the vision to be “the world’s favorite quick-service restaurant”.

This restaurant has always been a good gathering place for families and friends. Here they could enjoy each other while eating tasty food. The success of the restaurant also comes from the customers’ satisfaction. As of today, in 2023 Dairy Queen is one of the largest fast-food chains in the whole world.

Dairy Queen Full Menu with Prices



Peanut Butter, Pineapple, Chocolate, Strawberry, Hot Fudge, or Caramel
Sundae Small $2.99
Sundae Medium $3.39
Sundae Large $3.69

Classic Treats Menu

Peanut Buster Parfait $4.59
Banana Split $4.59
Dipped Cone Small $2.59
Dipped Cone Medium $2.99
Dipped Cone Large $3.39
Cone Small $2.29
Cone Medium $2.59
Cone Large $2.99
Waffle Cone (Plain) $3.99
Waffle Cone (Chocolate Coated) $3.99

Blizzard® Treats

Flavors include: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Smash, Salted Caramel Truffle, Turtle Pecan Cluster, Choco Xtreme, Strawberry Cheesecake, Banana Split, M&M’s, Heath, Snickers® pieces, Butterfinger, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Oreo, Brownie pieces, Brownie Batter, or Brownie Cookie Dough
Blizzard Treat Mini $2.99
Blizzard Treat Small $3.99
Blizzard Treat Medium $4.29
Blizzard Treat Large $4.89
Blizzard Treat Cone $3.99
Extra Stuff $0.79

DQ Bakes

Hot Desserts à la Mode
Fudge Stuffed Cookie $4.39
Apple Tart $4.59
Triple Chocolate Brownie $4.59

Arctic Rush

Cherry, Grape, Lemon Lime, Blue Raspberry, or Strawberry Kiwi
Arctic Rush Small $1.79
Arctic Rush Medium $2.29
Arctic Rush Large $2.59

Shakes & Malts

Flavors available: Choco, Vanilla, Strawberry, Hot Fudge, Caramel topping blended, Banana, or Peanut Butter
Shake Mini $3.29
Shake Small $3.59
Shake Medium $3.99
Shake Large $4.79


Flavors available in Mocha, Caramel, Cappuccino, or Vanilla
MooLatte Small $3.69
MooLatte Medium $4.29
MooLatte Large $4.79

Soft Drinks

Soft Drink Small $1.99
Soft Drink Medium $2.29
Soft Drink Large $2.39

Orange Julius

Strawberry Banana, Mango Pineapple, Triple berry, Pina Colada, Orange, or Strawberry
Julius Original Small $3.39
Julius Original Medium $3.59
Julius Original Large $3.99
Premium Fruit Smoothie Small $3.29
Premium Fruit Smoothie Medium $3.69
Premium Fruit Smoothie Large $4.29
Add a Boost (Protein) $1.19
Add a Boost (Fresh Banana) $1.19

DQ Combos

Food menu combos Include Crispy Fries & Drink
1/4 lb. Bacon Cheese GrillBurger $4.29
1/4 lb. Bacon Cheese GrillBurger – Combo $6.59
1/2 lb. FlameThrower GrillBurger $5.59
1/2 lb. FlameThrower GrillBurger – Combo $7.79
1/4 lb. Mushroom Swiss GrillBurger $4.29
1/4 lb. Mushroom Swiss GrillBurger – Combo $6.39
1/2 lb. Cheese GrillBurger $4.99
1/2 lb. Cheese GrillBurger – Combo $7.29
1/4 lb. Cheese GrillBurger $3.89
1/4 lb. Cheese GrillBurger – Combo $5.99
Original Cheeseburger $2.39
Original Cheeseburger – Combo $4.59
Original Double Cheeseburger $3.39
Original Double Cheeseburger – Combo $5.59
Chili Cheese Dog $2.69
Chili Cheese Dog – Combo $4.89
Chicken Sandwich (Grilled or Crispy) $3.99
Chicken Sandwich (Grilled or Crispy) – Combo $6.39
Chicken Bacon Ranch $4.99
Chicken Bacon Ranch – Combo $7.29
Chicken Mozzarella $4.99
Chicken Mozzarella – Combo $7.29
Turkey BLT $4.99
Turkey BLT – Combo $7.29
Alaskan Pacific Cod Sandwich (Limited Time) $3.49
Alaskan Pacific Cod Sandwich – Combo (Limited Time) $5.69

$5 Buck Lunch

Every Day 11-4
Deluxe Cheeseburger Signature $5.00
Chicken Strip Lunch 3 Pc. $5.00
Crispy Chicken Wraps Lunch $5.00
KC BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Lunch $5.00

Chicken Strips

Chicken Strip Basket 4 Pc. $5.79
Chicken Strip Basket with Drink 4 Pc. $6.79
Chicken Strip Basket 6 Pc. $6.99
Chicken Strip Basket with Drink 6 Pc. $7.99

Snack Melts

Buffalo Chicken $1.99
Chicken Bacon BBQ $1.99
Chicken Quesadilla $1.99

Salads and Sides

Chicken BLT Salad (Crispy or Grilled) $6.39
Chicken Garden Greens Salad (Crispy or Grilled) $6.39
Side Salad $2.39
Chicken Wrap $1.99
Fries Regular $2.29
Fries Large $2.99
Onion Rings Regular $2.79
Onion Rings Large $2.99
Breaded Mushrooms $2.79
Cheese Curds Regular $3.49
Cheese Curds Large $6.29

Kids’ Meal

Pick Your Meal, Side, Drink & Treat $4.59

Story of Dairy Queen Brand

On 4 August 1938 in Kankakee, Illinois was the time and place where the Dairy Queen concept was born. Alex McCullough and his father John Freemont McCullough were trying to produce a new type of soft frozen dairy product. So, they got in touch with Sherb Noble, who was the owner of an ice cream store and agreed to run a trial sale at his store. In only two hours Mr. Noble sold more than 1,600 pieces of this new dessert, so the trial sale was successful.

The first Dairy Queen store was opened in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois by McCullough and Sherb Noble. Today this location is not operating anymore, but the building can still be found in Illinois on N. Chicago Street.

Over the years the restaurant expanded worldwide through its franchising system. There are more than 6,000 locations all around the world. In the United States, you can find Dairy Queen in states such as West Virginia, Alaska, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Washington, Alabama, Virginia, Arizona, Texas, California, Tennessee, Colorado, South Dakota, Connecticut, South Carolina, Delaware, Rhode Island, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Ohio, Hawaii, New York, Iowa, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Indiana, New Hampshire, Kansas, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Dakota, Louisiana, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Maryland, Missouri, Maine, Montana, Michigan, and Minnesota.

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Texas is where you will find most of the restaurants. The international Dairy locations can be found in twenty different countries and the first was opened in 1953 in Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada.

You will find Dairy Queen locations in other countries, like the United Arab Emirates, Bahamas, Vietnam, Bahrain, Vietnam, Bahrain, Trinidad and Tobago, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Cayman Islands, Saudi Arabia, China, Qatar, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Philippines, Guatemala, Panama, Guyana, Oman, Indonesia, Macau, Jamaica, Mexico, Kuwait, and Laos.

The parent company of the restaurant is Dairy Queen International, Inc. which operates as American Dairy Queen Corporation in the United States. In 1998 Dairy Queen International, Inc. was bought by Berkshire Hathaway. Nowadays the company is a fully owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway with its headquarters in Edina, Minnesota.

The Dairy Queen company is also involved in communities through programs like the DQ® Cares Product Grant Program and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Our Review

Dairy Queen BlizzardsYou can find a wide variety of American fast-food favorites in the Dairy Queen restaurants, like French fries, hot dogs, chicken, and burgers. But there are also different types of hot foods and sides with dipping sauce, salads, and sandwiches.

Though, Dairy Queen is well known for its frozen treats and its soft-serve ice cream. Among the frozen treats, you can find sundaes and milkshakes and these include famous blizzards like the Butterfinger Blizzard, the chocolate chip dough blizzard, and the salted caramel truffle blizzard. The cost of the frozen treats is anywhere between $2.5 and $6.

The menu includes a large variety of white meat items with prices starting at $2.5 and going up to $9. Some of these include chicken snack melts, crispy chicken wraps, crispy and grilled chicken sandwiches, and chicken strip baskets.

Among the salads, you will find side salads, chicken garden greens, and chicken BLT salads. The costs of the salads are anywhere between $2.5 and $8. The cost of the sandwiches is anywhere between $3.5 and $6 and these include Turkey BLT, chicken bacon ranch, and chicken mozzarella. Also, the chain offers lunches for $5.5.

Dairy Queen offers a wide variety of hot dogs and burger combos as well, with prices anywhere between $5.5. and $8. The costs of the Chili Cheese hot dog and the regular hot dog are around $3. For a grill burger, you will have to pay anywhere between $3.5 and $5 and you can choose between either mushroom Swiss grill burger, bacon cheese grill burger, cheese grill burger, or flamethrower grill burger. For the sides, which include cheese curds, fries, and onion rings, you must pay $2.5 to $7.

Hot desserts include fudge stuffed cookies, triple chocolate brownies, and apple tarts, and cost $3.5 to $5. Among the beverages, you will find hand-spun beverages and Orange Julius.

The opening hours are, in general, from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. You will not need to make a reservation because this is a casual fast-food restaurant. You have two options: to take out or to dine in. The delivery option is not available.

Some products can be found in every Dairy Queen store, while others can be found only in some local DQ® restaurants. These food items tend to be optional or specific to a geographical area.

Among the most favorite products are milkshakes and ice cream. Hot dogs and burgers are also highly recommended.

Dairy Queen FAQs

At what time does Dairy Queen open and close?

Dairy Queen is not open 24/7. It opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m., depending on the location as there are locations that open at 10 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.

When was Dairy Queen founded and where?

Dairy Queen was founded in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois.

Who started Dairy Queen?

Dairy Queen was founded by the trio Sherb Noble, Alex McCullough, and John Fremont McCullough.

Who is the owner of Dairy Queen?

Berkshire Hathaway owns Dairy Queen since 1998.

How many Dairy Queen restaurants are there?

There are around 4,500 locations in the United States and around 6,400 locations outside the United States.

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