Frozen treats has been around and enjoyed for centuries, but the soft-serve concept wasn’t developed until 1938 by Iowa-born John Fremont McCullough and his son Alex. Together they convinced a pal, Sherb Noble, to offer the innovative product in his frozen treats store in Kankakee, Illinois, a small town south of Chicago. On the first day of sales, to everyone’s surprise, Noble dished out greater than 1,600 servings of the new dessert within 2 hours. (Looks like it was popular.) Knowing they were onto something big, Noble and also the McCulloughs went on to open the initial dq menu prices 2 yrs later in Joliet, Illinois, placing Mr. Noble at the helm (who better) which opened for business on June 22, perfect timing for the long, hot summer. Even if this original site has not been functioning since the 1950s, the building still stands as a designated landmark, hearkening back to simpler times for Boomers who pass by.
For years, Dairy Queens were and are a fixture of self confidence in small towns from the Midwest and South and also by the 70s, keeping up with the times (and also the competition), most DQs added fast food, including sausages, hamburgers and fries, discussing their newest menu items as “Brazier.” Although several shops are only open in the summer, most stay open year-round. After all, why consume frozen treats just seasonally unless you live in North Dakota? The largest store is situated in Bloomington, IL, home of any state university, Busiest honors visit Prince Edward Island, Canada (go figure). In 2014, Dairy Queen listed over 6,400 stores in additional than 25 countries (75% of which will be in the U.S.). For decades, the old adage boasted every Texas town had a DQ. While will no longer literally true as small-town America dwindles, the greatest concentration continues to be within the Lone Star State.
All DQs now provide you with the Orange Julius drink, a brand name that they can acquired in 1987, and lots of shops can be found in food courts and shopping malls nationwide. DQ actually has two official fan clubs: Blizzard and Orange Julius. Blizzard fans, over 4 million strong, get their choices seriously, with a number of ingredients and mix-ins available. DQ also offers specialty soft ice cream cakes, with their traditional collection of soft-serve treats, cone dippings and toppings.
Across the country, many single-unit mom and pop stands took notice and exposed on Memorial Day serving the local children, with walk-up stands, often calling themselves “frozen custard.” Nobody cared just what the name was, Dairy Queen catering menu meant vanilla and chocolate creamy cones and cups, maybe a few picnic tables to linger at, and an after-dinner treat within walking distance of home. Local kids looked toward their short but sweet hours, which sadly closed after Labor Day. Simple names like Al’s, Bert’s or Tastee Treat started yfewqe pop up on busy corners and kids rode their bikes eagerly anticipating what awaited them, using a dime or a quarter stashed within their pocket. Rarely did these stands offer greater than the two basic flavors, however, if one was lucky, there can be a strawberry flavor too (oh, boy). (Author’s note: her local soft-serve stand featured green mint, which was within the top, especially with hot fudge.)
Minor competitors like Tastee-Freez and Fosters Freeze both started in California inside the 1950s and also have lower than 50 locations each but continue to thrive having a cadre of loyal customers.
So who may be up for a few soft-serve? Any time of year it hits the spot. Should you don’t have any shops close to you, maybe a frozen yogurt, however it won’t function as the same. Examine your local shopping mall and you simply might luck out. And don’t worry: mom was wrong, it won’t spoil your dinner.