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Review: DQ's anniversary blizzard offers something for salty adults

MOORHEAD-Spring is here and summer is right around the sunny corner. We know this because the Dairy Queen at Main Avenue and Eighth Street opened, as usual, on March 1. The Minnesota-based company is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and...

Dairy Queen's Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard offers something for adults. Special to The Forum.
Dairy Queen's Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard offers something for adults. Special to The Forum.

MOORHEAD-Spring is here and summer is right around the sunny corner.

We know this because the Dairy Queen at Main Avenue and Eighth Street opened, as usual, on March 1.

The Minnesota-based company is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and is serving up what is billed as the, "best Blizzard menu ever!"

The problem is, the "best" all look the same. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Smash Blizzard? Brownie Cookie Dough Blizzard? Brownie Batter Blizzard? The one that really stood out, Cotton Candy, didn't sound much better. All of this made me wonder if Dairy Queen had anything for adults, something other than uncooked batter or circus treats.

Enter the Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard.

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Trends come and go, but good things stick around. Salted caramel got its start in the 1980s as a much-buzzed type of candy in Paris. After making the trip across the Pacific, it was treated as a gourmet flavor, used only in finer restaurants.

Times change. You can't walk through a grocery store without spotting salted caramel something. Ice cream, yogurt, a line of Chips Ahoy. Last month Skippy announced a Salted Caramel Peanut Butter, which may raise eyebrows, but hopefully the reaction won't be as severe to Stoli's Salted Karamel Vodka.

When done right, the mix of salt and caramel is a harmonious marriage in your mouth. When not, well, you have a barely touched bottle of Stoli's Salted Karamel Vodka in the back of your liquor cabinet for years gathering dust.

Dairy Queen's offering isn't as fine as those French candies, but it's nice to know that when you bite into something soft it's not uncooked batter, but instead the salty caramel chocolate truffle-which is really just mostly milk chocolate and various oils and milks.

Blizzards are all about texture (otherwise it would just be a shake) and praline pieces give you something to chew on as you wonder if they aren't actually bits of a Heath Bar.

Most importantly, the salt is there, but not as upfront of a flavor as you may get from some of the finer salted caramel ice creams.

The Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard is well-removed from its distantly related, dainty French candy cousins and really represents the mixing pot roots of American fast food, making it a fitting adult offering for a 75th anniversary.

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For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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