That Frozen Treat From Dairy Queen Isn’t Really Ice Cream

There’s a big secret hiding in plain sight within the walls of one of America’s most beloved fast-food chains. Dairy Queen — purveyors of the legendary Blizzard — doesn’t actually sell ice cream. According to regulations set by the FDA, Dairy Queen’s famous frozen treats can’t be classified as ice cream. That’s why the chain uses the term “soft serve” instead. While this dessert discovery may be a bombshell to you, Dairy Queen has not only recognized, but embraced it throughout its 75-year history. It has to do with the content of milk fat. The FDA says to be considered “ice cream” a product must contain not less than 10% milk fat, nor less than 10% of nonfat milk solids. Dairy Queen’s soft serve…….well……just doesn’t. Dairy Queen says that while their soft serve contains only 5% butterfat, that doesn't mean it's 95% fat-free. Regardless of what the chain calls its desserts, Dairy Queen is legally obligated to label the frozen stuff inside as something other than ice cream.