Dairy Queen serves a variety of milkshakes known as Blizzards. You can get Blizzards with candy, cookies, chocolate or fruit mixed in. Like most ice cream products, Dairy Queen Blizzards contain concentrated amounts of calories, fat and sugar. Learning specific nutrition information regarding these treats can help you understand how to fit them into your diet.
Dairy Queen Blizzards come in three sizes -- small, medium and large. The larger the size you order, the more calories your Blizzard will contain. Some of the highest-calorie Blizzard flavors include the Cappuccino Heath Blizzard, with 600 calories in a small and 1,210 calories in a large, the French Silk Pie Blizzard, with 680 calories in a small and 1,350 calories in a large, and the Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard, with 690 calories in a small and 1,470 calories in a large. To keep your Blizzard treat under 500 calories, order a small size of the Butterfinger Blizzard, with only 470 calories, or a small size of the Banana Split Blizzard or Hawaiian Blizzard, with only 440 calories each.
Dairy Queen Blizzards have high amounts of fat. The large Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard, for example, packs 82g of fat, including 23g of saturated fat. The large French Silk Pie Blizzard contains 65g of fat, including 36g of saturated fat. Small sizes of the lowest-calorie Blizzards contain significantly less fat. The small Banana Split Blizzard has only 13g of fat, including 9g of saturated fat, and the small Hawaiian Blizzard has 15g of fat and 10g of saturated fat. Limit your fat intake by ordering the smallest size of the flavor your want, or ask for two cups and split a small Blizzard with a friend. Saturated fat should not account for more than 10 percent of the total calories you consume each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you limit your consumption of trans fat as much as possible. The body cannot process this synthetic type of fat as easily as other fats, causing it to build up in the arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. Trans fat can increase LDL, or bad, cholesterol in your body and decrease HDL, or good, cholesterol, according to the CDC. All Dairy Queen Blizzards contain some trans fat, with 0.5 to 6.5g of trans fat in each shake. The Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard contains the highest amount of trans fat, with 2.5g in a small and 6.5g in a large.
Dairy Queen Blizzards contain significant amounts of cholesterol as well as fat and calories. The Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard contains the most cholesterol, with 65mg in a small and 140mg in a large. Other high-cholesterol Blizzards include the Oreo CheeseQuake and the Strawberry CheeseQuake, with 75mg in the small sizes and 140mg in the large. Lower-cholesterol options include the Tropical Blizzard, with only 40 to 70mg and the Hawaiian Blizzard, with 40 to 65mg.
Carbohydrates and Sugar
The high carbohydrate and sugar content of Dairy Queen Blizzards provides yet another reason to limit your portion size. The Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzards contain 82 to 163g of carbohydrates, including 69 to 139g of sugars. The Cookie Dough Blizzards contain 103 to 189g of carbohydrates, including 76 to 140g of sugars. The Peanut Butter Butterfinger Blizzards contain 83 to 175g of carbohydrates, including 61 to 123g of sugars. Lower-sugar options include the Tropical Blizzards, with only 62 to 126g of carbohydrates, including 48 to 96g of sugars, and the Hawaiian Blizzards, with only 67 to 125g of carbohydrates, including 55 to 103g of sugars.