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The Worst Foods at Dairy Queen

While their gravity-defying Blizzards are what Dairy Queen is best known for, its menu is actually stocked with a variety of tasty lunch and dinner options, too. From cheeseburgers to hot dogs to onion rings and fries, you get the full American drive-thru experience. But since many of the menu items have more than a day’s worth of calories, sodium, sugar, and saturated fat, it’s best to make your DQ trips an occasional treat. What’s worse is that many of their dishes also have artery-clogging trans fats. Still, it’s possible to make a less-than-terrible choice if you take the time to examine the menu. Here, I rank worst menu items at Dairy Queen.


Quarter-Pound Bacon Cheese GrillBurger

DQ bacon cheese grillburger

630 calories, 36 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,250 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 34 g protein

When you add bacon to burger which is already known for not being a low-calorie or low-fat choice, be prepared to kick the calorie, fat, and sodium counts to skyrocket.


Half-pound Cheese GrillBurger

Dairy Queen auarter-pound cheeseburger

800 calories, 49 g fat (21 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,110 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 12 g sugar) 47 g protein

Increasing the size of the patty on your Cheese GrillBurger will raise the levels of calories, fat, and sodium. I say stick to the smaller version.


Half-pound FlameThrower GrillBurger

DQ flamethrower grillburger

970 calories, 68 g fat, (25 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,570 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 51 g protein

Between the double patties, bacon, and extra cheese, it’s no surprise this burger is a monster bomb of calories, saturated fat, and sodium. It’s best to stick to a regular cheeseburger order.


THE WORST SANDWICHES

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich

DQ chicken bacon ranch sandwich

500 calories, 20 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,160 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 33 g protein

While the calories are on the lower end and the solid protein count is a win, the high fat and sodium counts (thanks to the bacon and ranch) make this sandwich a less-than-healthy choice.


Turkey BLT Sandwich

DQ turkey blt

580 calories, 28 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,550 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 34 g protein

You’d think adding turkey to a BLT sandwich might be an effort to make it healthier, but this sandwich still ranks very high on the fat and sodium charts.


THE WORST CHICKEN OPTIONS AT DAIRY QUEEN

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

DQ crispy chicken

530 calories, 29 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 900 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 23 g protein

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that a fried chicken sandwich would end up on the unhealthiest list. While the calorie count might not look terrible, this sandwich definitely doesn’t offer the fat and sodium make it one of the worst choices.


6-piece Chicken Strip Basket

DQ chicken strips

1,250 calories, 61 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 3,190 mg sodium, 121 g carbs (8 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 52 g protein

The insanely exorbitant calorie, fat and sodium counts on this basket easily make it one of the worst choices, period, on the DQ menu.


THE WORST HOT DOGS

Cheese Dog

DQ chili cheese dog

390 calories, 24 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,000 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 16 g protein

If you’ve opted for a hot dog at Dairy Queen, you already haven’t made the healthiest choice. Adding cheese simply ups the calories, fat, and sodium to even more unhealthy levels.


Chili Cheese Dog

DQ chili cheese dog

420 calories, 25 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,070 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 18 g protein

Again, while the calorie count may not seem that high, a hot dog likely won’t fill you up, and you definitely want to stay away from an item like this with that much sodium. Yikes!


Bacon Cheese Dog

DQ chili cheese dog

420 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,140 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 19 g protein

If there are any trends with the DQ menu, it’s that any items containing bacon have sky-rocketing amounts of sodium. This hot dog is no exception.


THE WORST SNACKS AND SIDES AT DAIRY QUEEN

Pretzel Sticks with Zesty Queso

DQ pretzel sticks

330 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 500 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 9 g protein

While its nutritional value counts, for the most part, aren’t the worst out there, 330 calories is high for a snack, and a not very wholesome one at that.


Onion Rings

DQ onion rings

PER REGULAR SIZE: 360 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 840 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 6 g protein

If you’re on the hunt for a healthy snack, you definitely want to stay away from anything deep-fried, like the onion rings.


Cheese Curds

DQ cheese curds

PER REGULAR SIZE: 530 calories, 38 g fat (22 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 1,110 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 21 g protein

No snack item should ever contain over 500 calories and 1,000 mg of sodium. There’s nothing healthy about this pick.


THE WORST FROZEN BEVERAGES

Tripleberry Smoothie

DQ berry smoothie

PER SMALL: 290 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 85 mg sodium, 70 g carbs (1 g fiber, 64 g sugar), 3 g protein

Don’t ever be fooled by thinking that the word “smoothie” implies a beverage is healthy, especially at a fast-food joint. Believe it or not, you’re better off eating a vanilla cone, which offers fewer calories and sugar.


Caramel MooLatte

DQ moolatee caramel

PER SMALL: 470 calories, 15 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat) 170 mg sodium, 77 g carbs (0 g fiber, 66 g sugar), 7 g protein

This high-calorie coffee drink might wake you up at the moment, but it’s sure to send you into a sugar crash later in the day.


Midnight Mocha Frappe

DQ mocha frapp

PER SMALL: 490 calories, 23 g fat (15 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 160 mg sodium, 67 g carbs (2 g fiber, 58 g sugar), 7 g protein

Another coffee drink that’s really a dessert sugar bomb in disguise. This one isn’t your best bet if you’re just looking for a caffeine buzz.



Peanut Butter Shake

DQ peanut butter shake

PER SMALL: 640 calories, 34 g fat (16g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 370 mg sodium, 67 g carbs (1 g fiber, 54 g sugar), 16 g protein

Even if you opt for a size small, most of Dairy Queen’s shake options are terrible choices that pack in calories, fat, and sugar. Either go for a mini-size, or just a plain ice cream cone to get your fix.


THE WORST DESSERTS

Triple Chocolate Brownie Dessert

540 calories, 24 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 260 mg sodium, 75 g carbs (3 g fiber, 72 g sugar), 9 g protein

If you’re watching what you eat at all, just stay away from this dessert. 72 grams of sugar at the end of the day is not going to do you any favors.


Caramel Funnel Cake

DQ caramel funnel cake540 calories, 22 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 360 mg sodium, 77 g carbs (1 g fiber, 47 sugar), 9 g protein

Funnel cake is fried carnival food, so are you really surprised it’s on the high end as far as calories, fat, and sugar are concerned? There’s really nothing healthy about this dessert choice, even if it’s not the worst pick on the menu.


Fudge Stuffed Cookie Dessert

DQ fudge cookie

640 calories, 33 g fat (17 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 380 mg sodium, 80 g carbs (3 g fiber, 55 g sugar), 10 g protein

This is basically two desserts in one, and it certainly packs in the calories, fat, and sugar that would come in two items. I say just say no to this one.


Peanut Buster Parfait

DQ peanut parfait

710 calories, 31 g fat (18 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 340 mg sodium, 95 g carbs (3 g fiber, 68 g sugar) 17 g protein

Peanut butter lovers, prepare to be disappointed yet again. This dessert is way too high in calories, fat, and sugar for it to be a good choice. Again, if you really want a peanut butter fix in the form of dessert, I say opt for a mini-size version of a shake or Blizzard.


Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard

DQ caramel blizzard

PER SMALL: 780 calories, 35 g fat (22 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 390 mg sodium, 105 g carbs (2 g fiber, 87 g sugar) 13 g protein

This one is the worst of the worst on the Blizzard menu. Even in a small size, this dessert packs in an obscene amount of calories, fat and sugar. I say consider other flavors, especially in a mini size.


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