This is Why Dairy Queen Treats Aren't Technically Ice Cream

Scan the menu at your local Dairy Queen and you’ll spot blizzards, cones, parfaits, banana splits, shakes, and malts, but noticeably absent from the menu is “ice cream.” That’s because Dairy Queen’s frozen treats don’t qualify as ice cream. The reason comes down to technicalities from the FDA. While fancier ice cream companies are ramping up the butterfat content in their products, Dairy Queen is sticking with its original recipe, which calls for 5% butterfat. Unfortunately, the FDA requires at least 10% butterfat content in order to qualify as ice cream, nor does it fit in the FDA’s “reduced fat” or “low fat” categories. Dairy Queen, however, is sticking with its original recipe from 1940. The company says that even though their treats don’t meet the definition of ice cream according to the FDA, the creamy treats are still a hit with their fans.