The DQ Blizzard Maker–making ice cream the old fashioned (1905) way!

My youngest daughter has been bugging me to make DQ Blizzards ever since she got the DQ Blizzard Maker for her birthday. It’s a pretty hot selling toy – she actually got two of these plus we had almost bought her one.


The big thing standing in the way is me forgetting to buy Half and Half 3 different times. My brain just doesn’t function like it used to so I keep leaving this off the grocery list.

It looks so easy (on the box) so I thought I really need to get this going and we’ll be rolling in cool, tasty treats in no time. See – just 4 easy steps!


I did finally open the box Friday to see what other things we need to do to make a delicious ice cream treat. Imagine my horror when 4 easy steps turned into 19 mind-numbing tasks.


Yep, by the time you’re done, you’re going to be too tired to eat the ice cream. You see, you’re churning this the old fashioned way – like my great-grandmother probably did at my daughters age – back in 1905. I can hardly get her to pick up her shoes or brush her hair right and I should expect her to manually churn ice chunks and salt for 10 minutes?


To even get all the way to the history lesson in step 12, you discover in step 3 that you need another machine in addition to your DQ Blizzard Maker– an ice shaver. Or, you can beat pieces of ice wrapped in dish rags with hammers like we did back in the 70’s!


And don’t think you’ll get the beautiful end product that the box shows.


Near the end, you pull the red “door ball” and it slowly goops out.


One good thing is this gets your child ready for how things really work in the corporate world or in government – which ever way they would like to go.

So, to the millions of kids that get this under the tree next week, I wish good luck to their parents. Find a good place to store it now because by step 14 you’ll throw your hands in the air and just drive to Dairy Queen, which is exactly what Dairy Queen probably intends to have happen!