If you are being mindful of calories, you may feel like it’s not possible to enjoy a treat from Dairy Queen.
But not to worry, I’ve got you covered.
Below, I’ve included a list of the 22 best low-calorie desserts at Dairy Queen, everything from ice cream to blizzards.
If you’re in a rush, here are my top low-calorie desserts at Dairy Queen:
- Get either a DQ Sandwich (190 calories) or a slice of DQ Treatzza Pizza (170-200 calories)
- Another lower-calorie option at Dairy Queen is a kids vanilla cone (160 calories).
- A small pineapple sundae is slightly higher in calories compared with other options, but still, only 230 calories, which should satisfy your sweet tooth.
Note: Make sure to also check out the section at the end of this article where I give you the Dairy Queen desserts to AVOID if you’re trying to watch your calories.
My Top 4 Tips On Ordering Low-Calorie Desserts At Dairy Queen
Here are some tips when ordering a low- calorie dessert at Dairy Queen:
- Opt for the Mini size Blizzard treat
- Go for the kids’ size cone
- Avoid the desserts that are large in size and covered in syrups
- Enjoy one of the low-calorie novelty desserts
Opt For the Mini Size Blizzard Treat
The Blizzard desserts that are offered at DQ, while delicious, are anything but low calorie.
These ice cream treats are extremely high in both fat and sugar, with the average small-size blizzard containing well over 500 calories.
For example, a small-size Oreo Cookie Blizzard contains around 620 calories. Another example is the small-size Oreo Brookie Blizzard, which contains a whopping 860 calories.
However, if you are set on enjoying a Blizzard, I highly recommend choosing the Mini size option, which is one size below the small.
This reduction in portion size will ultimately reduce the amount of calories you take in, while you still get to enjoy the same taste and flavor of your favorite Blizzard.
The Blizzard with the lowest number of calories for a Mini size is the Choco Dipped Strawberry Blizzard, which contains 310 calories.
Go For the Kid’s Size Cone
The lowest calorie dessert that you can get at DQ is the kid’s size vanilla or chocolate cone, which contains only 160 calories per serving.
The kid’s size is a great choice if you are craving a sweet treat but are trying to keep your calorie intake as low as possible.
The kid’s size cone is a better option than the small-size DQ ice cream cone, since the small cone contains 220 calories.
You can also get a kid’s size cone dipped in chocolate for an extra 40 calories.
Avoid the Desserts That Are Large in Size and Covered in Syrups
There are some treats at Dairy Queen that simply cannot be low-calorie unless you decide to share them with a friend (or a few friends).
There are certain desserts that do not come with a size option (meaning that you cannot choose a small portion) and that are covered in syrups that are full of sugar, drastically increasing the calorie content.
For example, the Brownie and Oreo Cupfection only comes in one size and contains a combination of ice cream, chocolate syrup, oreo, and brownie chunks.
For one serving of this dessert, you will end up eating around 720 calories.
Enjoy One of the Low-Calorie Novelty Desserts
Some of the lowest-calorie desserts on the DQ menu fall under the Novelty Treats Category.
For example, the DQ Ice Cream Sandwich contains 190 calories per serving, while the Chocolate Dilly Bar contains around 220 calories.
You can also get the Dilly Bar in a Cherry or Butterscotch flavor for the same number of calories.
While the plant-based Chocolate Dilly Bar option contains slightly more calories (240), it is still significantly lower than many other desserts on the DQ menu.
This is also the only dairy-free option that DQ offers.
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22 Lowest Calorie Desserts At Dairy Queen
|Kids’ Vanilla Cone||160|
|Kids’ Chocolate Cone||160|
|1 slice of DQ Treatzza Pizza – Choco Brownie||190|
|Kids’ Chocolate Dipped Cone||200|
|1 slice of DQ Treatzza Pizza – M&M’s Chocolate Candies||200|
|Chocolate Covered Dilly Bar||220|
|Small Pineapple Sundae||230|
|Small Strawberry Sundae||240|
|Small Chocolate Sundae||270|
|Mini Choco Dipped Strawberry Blizzard||310|
|Mini Butterfinger Blizzard||350|
|Mini Snickers Blizzard||350|
|1 slice of Mini Oreo Blizzard Cake||443|
|Mini Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard Filled with Strawberry||450|
|Small Banana Shake||470|
|Mini Royal Ultimate Choco Brownie Blizzard Filled with Fudge||480|
|Small Strawberry Shake||490|
|1 slice of Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard Cake||495|
|Mini Royal Reese Brownie Blizzard Filled with Peanut Butter||520|
|Small Vanilla Shake||520|
|1 slice of DQ Signature All Occasion Cake (store made)||557|
The following low-calorie DQ dessert list is split into the following categories:
- Ice Cream Cones
- “Royal Treats”
- Take-Home Ice Cream
Lowest Calorie Ice Cream Cones at Dairy Queen
1. Kids’ Vanilla Cone (160 calories)
It might be a smaller portion but this soft serve classic is perfect to satisfy your ice cream craving.
2. Kids’ Chocolate Cone (160 calories)
Prefer chocolate over vanilla? No problem. You don’t have to worry about adding additional calories either. This chocolate soft serve also comes in at 160 calories of deliciousness.
3. Kids’ Chocolate Dipped Cone (200 calories)
Looking for just a little more than soft serve, add some chocolate to the outside of your favorite flavor of soft serve.
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Lowest Calorie Sundaes at Dairy Queen
1. Small Chocolate Sundae (270 calories)
A classic option favored by many for over 80 years, enjoy this soft-serve treat topped with delicious chocolate for only 270 calories.
2. Small Pineapple Sundae (230 calories)
A twist on the classic option at only 230 calories. Pineapple sauce, a top vanilla soft serve is sure to please your sweet tooth.
3. Small Strawberry Sundae (240 calories)
One of my favorite options when it comes to Sundaes at Dairy Queen. Strawberry topping is what makes this a perfect option for a low-calorie treat.
Top 3 Lowest Calorie “Royal Treats” at Dairy Queen
1. Mini Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard Filled with Strawberry (450 calories)
Not only is this a blend of graham pieces and strawberry with soft serve, but it’s filled with strawberry sauce in the center too. For only 450 calories, this is a great option if you’re craving a royal blizzard treat.
2. Mini Royal Ultimate Choco Brownie Blizzard Filled with Fudge (480 calories)
This is the ultimate chocolate blizzard. If you are a chocolate lover, this is the one for you at only 480 calories.
3. Mini Royal Reese Brownie Blizzard Filled with Peanut Butter (520 calories)
This peanut butter delight is great at only 520 calories. You will certainly satisfy any treat cravings with this pick.
Lowest Calorie Take-Home Ice Cream at Dairy Queen
1. 1 slice of DQ Treatzza Pizza – Choco Brownie (190 calories)
Chocolate soft serve on top of the delicious chocolate and crunch crust. Don’t forget the brownie pieces on top.
2. 1 slice of DQ Treatzza Pizza – M&M’s Chocolate Candies (200 calories)
Vanilla soft serve on top of the delicious chocolate and crunch crust with a chocolate drizzle and M&M’s. You can’t go wrong at only 200 calories a piece.
3. Chocolate Covered Dilly Bar (220 calories)
Want a quick grab from the freezer? Try a classic soft serve covered in chocolate from the comfort of your home. A Dilly Bar will only run you 220 calories.
4. DQ Sandwich (190 calories)
The DQ Ice Cream Sandwich is the perfect choice for a dessert under 200 calories if you are wanting a chocolatey dessert after your meal but don’t want to rack up your calorie count. This treat is also easy to eat when you are on the go.
Note: Each slice is approximately ⅛ the size of the total Treatzza Pizza.
Lowest Calorie Blizzards At Dairy Queen
1. Mini Choco Dipped Strawberry Blizzard (310 calories)
Dairy Queen wants you to enjoy summer all year long. They created this flavor in order to get the classic flavor of chocolate mixed with the sweet flavor of summer and strawberry. Enjoy at only 310 calories.
2. Mini Butterfinger Blizzard (350 calories)
One of the great things about these mini sizes of the blizzards is that you still get all of the flavors. This one includes Butterfinger candy pieces blended with some delicious soft serve for your enjoyment.
3. Mini Snickers Blizzard (350 calories)
At only 350 calories, you can enjoy pieces of Snickers candy mixed with classic soft serve.
Lowest Calorie Shakes At Dairy Queen
1. Small Banana Shake (470 calories)
Banana blended with milk and creamy soft serve, topped with whipped cream is a delicious treat at only 470 calories.
2. Small Strawberry Shake (490 calories)
Enjoy something sweet? Try a strawberry shake at only 490 calories. The whipped cream topping is a great way to finish it off.
3. Small Vanilla Shake (520 calories)
All of the vanilla flavors are blended into one cup – soft serve, milk, and vanilla syrup at only 520 calories. Enjoy!
Lowest Calorie Cakes At Dairy Queen
1. 1 slice of DQ Signature All Occasion Cake (store made) (557 calories)
Classic flavors of chocolate and vanilla soft serve with the chocolate crunch center.
2. 1 slice of Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard Cake (495 calories)
A chocolate crunch center, with a soft-serve base and chocolate chip cookie dough on top, sounds like a great option at 495 calories.
3. 1 slice of Mini Oreo Blizzard Cake (443 calories)
A great option for a sweet treat fix. At 443 calories, this is a perfect mix of oreo and vanilla soft serve.
Note: 1 slice was determined from 10” cake divided into 10 portions
Desserts to AVOID at Dairy Queen
If you are trying to be mindful of the number of calories that you are consuming, here is a list of the top 5 desserts at Dairy Queen to avoid:
- Large Brownie Dough Blizzard (1400 calories)
- Large Royal Rocky Road Trip Blizzard Filled with Marshmallow (1510 calories)
- Large Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard (1340 calories)
- Large Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard Filled with Strawberry (1350 calories)
- Large OREO Mocha Fudge Blizzard (1320 calories)
It is important to keep in mind that the larger the size of the treat you are ordering, the more calories are going to be in the treat. Sticking to smaller sizes will be key when looking for the lowest calorie options.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Lowest Calorie Dessert At DQ?
The lowest calorie dessert that you can choose at DQ is the kid’s size vanilla or chocolate cone which contains only 160 calories.
The desserts that come in at a close second are the DQ Ice Cream Sandwich (containing 190 calories) and the classic Dilly Bar (220 calories).
Keep in mind that the plant-based Dilly Bar is slightly higher in calories at around 240 calories.
Does DQ Have Low Fat Ice Cream?
The soft serve ice cream that is available at DQ is considered to be “reduced fat” since it only contains 5% butterfat in comparison to most ice creams that have a butterfat content of 10% or more.
In addition to this, the ice cream that is used in the shake mix at Dairy Queen is also considered to be “low fat” ice cream. The Dilly Bar also contains “reduced fat” ice cream.
Is There Sugar-Free Ice Cream At Dairy Queen?
There are no sugar-free ice cream products available at Dairy Queen.
However, DQ does offer reduced sugar ice cream products such as the Fudge Bar, Vanilla Orange Bar, and reduced sugar chocolate Dilly Bar.
Keep in mind that not all locations will carry these products, and nutrition information for these desserts are not displayed on the website.
What Is The Healthiest Ice Cream At Dairy Queen?
A healthy dairy queen ice cream is a small kid’s vanilla or chocolate cone.
This is because both of these desserts are under 200 calories, and only contain about 4.5 grams of fat.
While these ice cream cones do contain 18 grams of sugar, they only contain around 25 grams of carbs in total, which is a reasonable amount for a dessert.
What Is The Healthiest Dairy Queen Blizzard?
The healthiest Dairy Queen Blizzard is the Mini-sized Choco Dipped Strawberry Blizzard.
This is the best choice because the Mini size only contains around 310 calories and about 11 grams of fat.
Keep in mind that if you choose a larger size, the calorie, fat, and sugar content of this Blizzard will increase which will make it a less healthy dessert choice.
About The Author
Caryn Watt is a certified personal trainer & nutrition coach. Working primarily with women all over the world, she focuses her time on helping clients learn more about nutrition and the importance of improving their relationship with food through tracking macros, movement, and mindfulness.