DAIRY Queen has been serving ice cream specialties to customers for decades, but not all of the chain’s creations have stayed on the menu for long.
The first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet, Illinois in 1940, and the ice cream desserts quickly caught the attention of local residents.
Today the chain operates nearly 6,000 stores and Dairy Queen is a household name.
While the fast food joint is best known for its Blizzards, the restaurant has tried different types of products over the years.
While Dairy Queen typically doesn’t explain why its items are discontinued, low sales are most likely the reason.
The US Sun has compiled a complete list of all of the ice cream shop’s most popular discontinued menu items.
1. Cones dipped in butterscotch
While many customers still flock to Dairy Queen for their traditional chocolate-covered ice cream cones, there used to be another flavor as well.
Butterscotch dip was a menu staple until it mysteriously disappeared in 2009.
Since then, the chain has brought it back again and again, but never for good.
Likewise, the cherry-dipped waffle was brought to market only to be taken away again.
Some speculate that the butterscotch-dipped cone doesn’t sell as well as its chocolate counterpart and that’s why it hasn’t remained on menus long-term.
Still, customers are begging for the nostalgic waffle to come back to stores.
“I find it hard to believe that such an iconic treat simply isn’t selling well enough to justify its removal,” said one shopper on Reddit.
“It’s been pretty much a staple on the menu since the franchise’s early days, and for the first 25 years of my life my family went to DQ every week – and I had this dish 90% of the time.”
While Dairy Queen offers a variety of blizzards and sundaes, for some fans nothing can compete with the butterscotch cone.
“I’m 35 and even though I’ve tried virtually every other option on the menu, the butterscotch dip is still my number 1,” they continued.
However, there is still hope for butterscotch lovers.
“DQ is constantly changing the flavors of our dipped cones, and cherry dipped cones may also return in the future,” the company told People. “Fans should check with their local DQ restaurant to see what flavors are available.”
2. MONKEY TAIL
Chocolate-covered frozen bananas are a classic fair treat, but you used to be able to buy them at the local Dairy Queen.
Each treat was served as a “monkey tail” on a skewer and the product enjoyed great popularity since its introduction in the 1960s.
However, the dessert was not designed to last forever and now the banana sweet has finally been removed from menus.
Remember, Dairy Queen operates as a franchise. Therefore, it is possible to find specific locations that are still selling discontinued items.
Another sorely missed Dairy Queen product was what the chain called “baked goods.”
These desserts were warmed up and consisted of chocolate filled cookies, apple tarts and brownies with a sprinkle of soft serve ice cream.
The baked goods first hit stores in 2015, but were soon dropped from the menu in favor of funnel cake and lava cake ice cream treats.
When fans found out, they weren’t happy and many were still begging the chain to bring back the treats.
“I just went to Dairy Queen to get the triple chocolate brownie and THEY DON’T MAKE IT ANYMORE. I’m devastated,” one customer said on Reddit.
While you might not think of Dairy Queen as one of the healthiest restaurant chains around, the company has tried some better options for you in the past.
In 1990, frozen yogurt was becoming increasingly popular and Dairy Queen wanted to see if the company could capitalize on the trend.
Enter the breeze.
Dessert was made with frozen yogurt instead of soft serve, and guests had the option to add fruit to their order.
After being on menus for 10 years, Dairy Queen decided that their ice cream specialties were far more popular and dropped the short-lived Breeze from their menu.
However, it seems that most customers don’t mind too much and far prefer the traditional Blizzard to a Fro-Yo mix.
In fact, one Dairy Queen fan on Reddit called it one of the “biggest fast food flops: the Dairy Queen Breeze.” Dairy Queen’s attempt to break into the frozen yogurt market.”
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