Order This, Not That: Dairy Queen

I remember back when DQ only had vanilla and chocolate soft serve, and maybe a few sundaes to choose from. Nowadays the menu is bursting with all kinds of frozen concoctions. We scanned the options for the best (an worst) offerings.
Related To:
frozen yogurt

142331351

Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt in Cone

Photo by: viennetta

viennetta

I remember back when DQ only had vanilla and chocolate soft serve, and maybe a few sundaes to choose from. Nowadays the menu is bursting with all kinds of frozen concoctions. We scanned the options for the best (an worst) offerings.

ORDER: Good Ol’ Cups and Cones

Simple is best – a small vanilla or chocolate cone will only set you back 230 or 240 calories, respectively. Portioned controlled Dilly bars weigh in at an average of 220 calories per bar. A small frozen lemonade only has 200 calories, but is much higher in sugar than the ice cream treats.

NOT: Large Sizes, Dipped Cones and "MooLattes"

You’ll find 470 calories in a large vanilla ice cream cone! Just about any large Blizzard on the menu contains over 1,000 calories -- same goes for a large milkshake. You’ll find even more calories and fat in the "Oreo Cookie Jar" and "Turtle Pecan Cluster" Blizzards and similar flavors loaded with cookies and candy.

You might want to think twice about those cherry or chocolate dipped cones too -- the candy coating adds 100 calories and 9 grams of fat to a small ice cream cone!

“MooLattes” might sound like cute coffee drinks, but with 500 to 900 calories, up to 25 grams of fat, and 20-something teaspoons of sugar each, you’ll be much better off with a plain cup of Joe.

There are many other DQ menu items too choose from, look them up on the Dairy Queen website. And props to DQ for offering a nutrition calculator – a simple selection tool that will generate a food label with all the nutrition info for your meal.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

More Order This Not That:

Next Up

Order This, Not That: Ice Cream

Don’t deny yourself this warm-weather treat on occasion. Here’s how you can scream for ice cream, without having your waistline scream back.

Order This, Not That: Ice Cream Truck

Set limits for the little ones with these better-for-you items to order off the iconic summer ice cream truck.

Spotlight Recipe: Grilled Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream & Rum Sauce

Start your grilling season with this slimming Ellie Krieger dessert. Pineapples are the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme that may help reduce inflammation. With 154 calories and 5 grams of fat per pineapple ring, it’s a perfect dessert for a hot day (especially with bathing suit season around the corner).

Take an Ice Cream Road Trip (the Best Kind of Road Trip)

Embark on an ice cream road trip, and find out where to get great ice cream – and gelato and sorbet – from coast to coast.

How to Pick a Healthy Frozen Treat

"Diet" offerings may fool folks into thinking they're better than regular ice cream. If you're looking for a healthier frozen treat, here are some tips.

Label Decoder: High Maltose Corn Syrup

You've probably seen high maltose corn syrup listed on food labels before, even if you don't quite remember where. Did you know high maltose corn syrup is a close cousin to the infamous high fructose corn syrup? Numerous questions are probably swirling in your head right now. Luckily, we'll tell you all about it. Read on to get the scoop (literally; it's found in ice cream).

Spotlight Recipes: Make It a No-Cook Week

Turn off the stove and turn to these no-cook summer recipes. No need to dial up the takeout when you can create full meals from vitamin-rich fresh fruits and vegetables.

Quick Weeknight Desserts

A few nights a week you want a sweet treat but don’t want the calories or time commitment to get out of control. We’ve got 5 dessert recipes that are just what you’re looking for.