A reader, Heather, writing from Orilla, writes the following:
I would like to know when the “Blizzard” was introduced to Canada.
To which I replied:
Do you mean the tasty Dairy Queen ice cream treat, or the snowy conflagration?
To which she replied:
By “Blizzard” I meant the tasty Dairy Queen treat. The snowy conflagration was around long before Dairy Queen, I believe.
A quick call to Dairy Queen Canada in Burlington reveals the answer: the Blizzard was introduced to Canada in the spring of 1985.
Nutritional sidenote: a medium chocolate chip cookie dough Blizzard, according to this Dairy Queen chart, contains 950 calories, and 36 grams of fat. This might explain why when, in the midst of my gallbladder winter, having a Blizzard almost killed me. Another nutrional factoid: the Crispy Chicken Salad, which some might look to as a “healthy alternative,” contains 700 calories, and 51 grams of fat. Contrast this to the Grilled Chicken Salad, which has only 230 calories and 9 grams of fat. It’s all in the details.