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Dairy Queen Has Been Around for a Long Time

S. F. Mori

The Blizzard is a popular treat

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Dairy Queen Blizzard(Image is author's)

Dairy Queen is a fast food restaurant with hamburgers and fries. They also specialize in ice cream. They have commercials on television touting their Blizzard and other ice cream treats. It seems they are located almost everywhere. They were around way before McDonald's and many of the other fast food restaurants.

Dairy Queen (DQ) is an American chain of soft serve ice cream and fast-food restaurants owned by International Dairy Queen, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. International Dairy Queen, Inc., also owns Orange Julius, and formerly owned Karmelkorn and Golden Skillet Fried Chicken.
The first DQ restaurant was located in Joliet, Illinois. It was operated by Sherb Noble and opened for business on June 22, 1940. It served a variety of frozen products, such as soft serve ice cream.
The company's corporate offices are located in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The soft-serve formula was first developed in 1938 by John Fremont "J.F." "Grandpa" McCullough and his son Alex. They convinced friend and loyal customer Sherb Noble to offer the product in his ice cream store in Kankakee, Illinois. On the first day of sales, Noble dished out more than 1,600 servings of the new dessert within two hours. Noble and the McCulloughs went on to open the first Dairy Queen store in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois. While this Dairy Queen has not been in operation since the 1950s, the building still stands at 501 N Chicago Street as a city-designated landmark.
They started using a franchise system and expanded operations globally from the ten stores they had in 1941 to one hundred by 1947. [Wikipedia]

They have had challenges over the years, but Dairy Queen had over 6,400 stores as reported in 2014. They were in twenty-five countries with approximately 70% of the stores located in the United States.

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Dairy Queen Cakes(Image is author's)

Also popular features at Dairy Queen locations are the beautifully decorated ice cream cakes. They are delicious and pretty.

Dairy Queen continues to be a popular fast food restaurant where ice cream treats are plentiful along with hamburgers, fries, and cakes.

[Reference: www.dairyqueen.com; Wikipedia]

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