Review: Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie BlizzardAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews
Every October, Dairy Queen releases the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard as their Blizzard of the Month. Ever since I started loving ice cream again about eighteen months ago, this one has been high on my to-do list, but I’ve never had a chance to grab it and try it. If you read this blog or read my Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream review at CrazyFoodDude.com (if you haven’t checked it out yet, do so!) from this past Friday, you’ll know that I’m a HUGE fan of Pumpkin flavored ice cream, especially that from Culver’s (technically, theirs is custard). So, after a long delay, I was finally able to try this to this one out and was excited to do so. I’ve read positive reviews before (On Second Scoop), so I had high expectations for this one.
What I Got: Pumpkin Pie Blizzard (medium); $4.02.
Dairy Queen describes this one as ”pumpkin pie blended with creamy vanilla soft serve and crowned with whipped topping and nutmeg” and I can confirm that was at least the case visually. What they didn’t mention in that description, although you can see them in the picture, is that there are also pie crust pieces mixed in as well. All in all, they delivered everything they promised from a description standpoint.
On the other hand, the taste was a different story. First, I didn’t taste hardly any nutmeg at all, which is not a bad thing because I’m not the world’s biggest fan of nutmeg. Still, it would have been nice to have tasted it in the Blizzard so that I at least felt like I was eating a pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie crust pieces were mixed in too and while there weren’t a lot of them, they were at least sufficient.
Where this Blizzard failed, in my mind, is the pumpkin flavoring. It just wasn’t strong enough. It felt like I was eating vanilla soft serve with only a faint amount of pumpkin pie flavoring added in. Dairy Queen’s vanilla soft serve is fine ordinarily, but if I am going to eat something pumpkin flavored, I want the flavoring to be strong like it is at Culver’s. This was definitely not the case with this one and it was very disappointing.
Would I Buy It Again? No. Honestly, this was boring and nearly flavorless in my mind. I posted on my Twitter feed that I didn’t like this one and some followers responded that I was nuts, so maybe I just got a bad Blizzard, but I’m not going to risk that again by buying this a second time. So, in this case, I think I owe someone an apology: Culver’s, I apologize for “cheating” on you and trying someone else’s pumpkin treat. I’ll never do it again!
By the way, you’ve only got until the 31st to try this out before it goes away again, so if you want to try it yourself to see if I am right or if I just got a bad Blizzard, you better do so quickly!