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maybe it's time to clean up your act?

Posted Thu February 18, 2010 9:18 pm, by Michael A. written to Dairy Queen

I have been a loyal DQ customer for over 20 years. Over the last few years, I have frequented your location and always found the food well-prepared in a timely fashion. However, the last couple of years have left me concerned. You see, I often stop in for a Blizzard to take home. Each time I eat one, I immediately feel stomach discomfort, burping, and diarrhea. At first, I wondered if I had developed lactose intolerance, as I had it as an infant. Upon testing myself by drinking milk, eating cheese and other ice creams, I have concluded I am not lactose intolerant. My physician agrees. This makes me believe there is something wrong with the DQ product. Spoiled dairy products? Unsanitary equipment? Dirty hands? I cannot be sure, but I am positive it is not my fault, and I am probably not the only one going through this.

I would love to be able to enjoy a Blizzard without having to endure these issues. Perhaps a review from the Fairfax County Health Department is in order. A good business should be a clean one as well, and there's no such thing as too much caution.


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by Dontwanttoleave N. Posted Thu June 9, 2016 @ 2:24 AM

I got the same thing. Kids got a blizzard from DQ on June 8,2016 and
couldn't eat it all so they offered it to me. I ate it and three hours
later on on the can with pure water Diarrhea. It got me thinking how I
saw this clip on You tube on fake ice cream. This guy tested ice cream
by leaving it out for a few days. One company the product separated
and didn't break down or even go bad like the organic natural ice
creams. A liquid syrup looking ?? At the bottom and foam ice cream
looking on the top that after five days never changed. The natural ice
cream melted then after several days started to grow mold or ?? And
break down. It made me think how I had got a milk shake from DQ a
month ago and only finished half of it. I forgot it in the car and the
next morning it had separated like the fake ice cream I saw on the
video clip. I wondered if DQ ice cream is not ice cream at all but a
chemically made up product. I'm pretty sure from what it did to my gut
and looks like so many others this is not something you want to eat.
It appears to be all fake food

by s.w. Posted Tue June 22, 2010 @ 12:04 AM

I just had a banana split from DQ less than one hour ago. I was
driving home with the wife (15 min. drive) - almost home and I got a
sharp stomach cramp. I've gotten them before and I know that it means
I'm about to experience diarrhea! I've always had a fast metabolism,
but nothing insane. I just thought it was unusual to get it in about
1/2 hour of consumption.

I've noticed that I am "slightly" lactose intolerant, too. I can
drink a glass of milk, or eat a bowl of hard ice cream and I'm
fine...but any more than that and I'm toast.

Fortunately for me, it's over as quick as it starts. I use the
bathroom and sit there for 5 minutes and I'm all better! Weird, I
know...but I'm otherwise healthy.

by A. D. Posted Sat June 12, 2010 @ 2:28 PM

No, it has something to do with the ice cream itself. Because I have
always had the same issue. I eat it and 2-12hrs later BAMM.. not good
stuff. So I never ate it.

When I started working at a DQ in Tyler, Texas (back about 10 years
ago) every time I had to break down the soft serve machine I'd get
sick. We had severe drainage issues and the ice cream sink drain would
back up in the main cooler drain so we had to stay on top of it. Just
CLEANING that cooler landed me in the hospital once for 2 days with
food poisoning. Mind you I am very careful and I looked like a HAZ-MAT
worker going into that thing. I stayed so sick at that shop. I found
another job fast after the hospital, they finally fixed the drainage
YEARS later, it was a massive undertaking.
There is a sanitization packet that is supposed to be ran through the
machine. The GENERAL MANAGER had us all to just use a bleach solution,
it was and is a common practice, she wasn't the sharpest tack in the
drawer but she was the meanest. I was an asst. manager and it was just

Oh and the reason I am writing this is because I was so stupid and got
an ice cream from DQ in Troup last night and sure 'nuff sick as a dog
this morning still feeling it now.

So I went on a web search to see if it was just me or not. Nope seems
to be you too. There's something in that soft serve that just isn't
right some enzyme, yeast, bacteria or something blooming out of
control that a certain populous is very sensitive to. But know this it
IS something. It IS real and it IS bad.


adding a p.s. by A. D. Sat June 12, 2010 @ 2:37 PM

by Anonymous A. Posted Wed February 24, 2010 @ 3:43 AM

Just because you dont have lactose intolerance, doesnt mean that other
factors may not play into the cause of your sudden reaction. You could
have acid reflux, an over production of stomach acids, or something
you eat often mixes badly with the ice cream. I would ask the doctor
to find out the real problem

by Samantha C. Posted Tue February 23, 2010 @ 1:19 AM

Maybe you should check in with a gastro. Blizzards and other dairy
products from fast food places usually contain a high amount of fat.
From personal experience I started to experience a lot of pain and
discomfort after eating high fat foods and found out it was because my
gallbladder was malfunctioning. An ultrasound would be able to
determine if this is the issue.


You are correct... by dulynoted (aka duttycalls) Tue February 23, 2010 @ 4:24 PM
by Jared C. Posted Mon February 22, 2010 @ 1:34 PM

Could you have acid reflux disease/disorder?

Your symptoms sound like that's a possibility.


by Just Simply Bella Sera Posted Sun February 21, 2010 @ 8:10 PM

I really have to wonder why someone, who has concerns about DQ's
hygiene practices, would continue to not only eat there but eat there
for two years AND eat the one thing they claim makes them sick.

I guess I'll never figure out human nature


by MA Cunningham Posted Fri February 19, 2010 @ 4:48 PM

it's really a cleanliness issue in this instance.

I have ALWAYS had issues with Blizzards, dating back to when they
first introduced them in the 80's. Within an hour or two of getting
one, I would become sick to my stomach with strong cramping. Very
similar to the symptoms you described - yet I have never had a problem
with any of their other products or any other "milk-based" product.

My family also eats Blizzards all the time with no problem, so how can
2 or 3 people order similar items from the same store, but only one
gets ill?

My Dr. suspected that I was allergic to either to one of the
ingredients or something that happened in the way they processed this
"ice milk" they use in it.

I really do not think it is an issue with the equipment or the way
they handle the product. There is something in their formula that
causes some people to react badly to it.


DQ by I'm back Sun February 21, 2010 @ 11:42 PM
by Richard S. Posted Fri February 19, 2010 @ 2:37 PM

Have you tried getting a blizzard from a different DQ to see if it is
something from that particular store. Until then it is all conjecture
as to what is causing you to become sick.


Good suggestion! by Donno Fri February 19, 2010 @ 3:09 PM

by NathanG Posted Fri February 19, 2010 @ 2:25 PM

Dairy isnt the only ingrediant in a blizzard. Theres probably enough
chemicals to start a small lab. So while you might not be lactose
intolerant but intollorant to something else.

The symptoms you describe are actually close to your body intake of
too much of something. Sugar is one, but looking at the ingrediant
list it could be Saturated Fat 13.5g in a small, thats alot and if
your not used to it it could give you the runs.

I would think in 3 years you would figure out not to eat it. I would
also think if it were a sanitation factor you would not be alone and
they would have been shut down by now, or at least made to clean up
their act.



I was going to say the same thing! by Casmly Fri February 19, 2010 @ 4:07 PM
by Fairbank R. Posted Fri February 19, 2010 @ 1:46 PM

"... the last couple of years have left me concerned. You see, I often
stop in for a Blizzard to take home. Each time I eat one, I
immediately feel stomach discomfort, burping, and diarrhea."

You've gotten Blizzards on a regular basis for the last two years,
you've gotten sick each time, and you're wondering what's wrong?

Solution: stop getting Blizzards!


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri February 19, 2010 @ 11:51 AM

Did "other ice creams" include soft serve? It DOES make a difference.
I'm lactose intolerant, but only with certain things. DQ ice cream
is one of them. But hard ice cream, I'm fine with. I can't drink
milk (which is fine, I hate milk).

I also can eat all the cheese in the world. But soft serve ice cream,
especially the amount containedin a blizzard, will leave me, well...
let's just say that when I have a blizzard, I plan to stay home for
the next 24 hours.

I haven't had a blizzard in over two years. :(


Yep by Lisa H. Fri February 19, 2010 @ 12:17 PM

Holy crow red!!! that is great to know about soft serve by dottiejean28 Fri February 19, 2010 @ 1:24 PM

by Donno Posted Fri February 19, 2010 @ 9:15 AM

I won't lecture you on changing your diet. I eat a good amount of red
meat, baked goods and ice cream. We only go around once in life,
let's have fun (but in moderation).

I had a similar problem at Cracker Barrel on three occasions with
their blue cheese dressing. 6 hours after consumption I would wake up
with the same symptoms you describe.

I brought it to the manager's attention, and he agreed they probably
had a food handling issue and said he would look into it.

One thing that surprises me is that your symptoms show up immediately.
Are you sure? There should be a delay of at least a few hours, I
believe. Maybe someone more knowledgeable will chime in.


I question the OP's use of the word "immediate" by RedheadwGlasses Fri February 19, 2010 @ 11:54 AM

So... by Donno Fri February 19, 2010 @ 11:59 AM

HA!!! by RedheadwGlasses Fri February 19, 2010 @ 12:04 PM

by Bill R. Posted Fri February 19, 2010 @ 2:14 AM

Michael A.,
Good feedback.
Use the link below to look at Restaurant/Health Department Inspections
through out your state.



by RowdyRetailer Posted Thu February 18, 2010 @ 11:20 PM

Perhaps the fast food is finally catching up with you.

Maybe its time to consider not eating that type of food. Your body
acts that way for a reason.

I stopped eating that stuff many years ago. I have gotten to the
point to where I dont eat meat at all. Im not into desserts hardly at

Im pretty particular about what I eat, how its prepared and the
cleanliness of surfaces its prepared on. If I dont make it, I dont eat

Call me obsessive, but I dont have issues digesting food, dont have
heartburn, dont have high cholestral, dont take any drugs of any

I have the chubby genes in my family, but that is preventable by what
you eat, exercising etc. Things most people dont want to hear about.

Im 6'2 and weigh 145 lbs, Im a bit of weenie, but Im healthy, and dont
even think about fast food or junk food for that matter.

Im the one that loses weight on a cruise.

Just a few thoughts and opinions, take em or leave em

Good Day


Rowdy, is your weight a healthy weight? by olie Fri February 19, 2010 @ 7:31 PM

RE by RowdyRetailer Sun February 21, 2010 @ 1:03 AM

by olie Posted Thu February 18, 2010 @ 10:46 PM

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posts Health Department inspections(at
least for City of Milwaukee restaurants) online. Does your
large-circulation newspaper? You might be able to check these.

If I may be so delicate, is it possible that with age you are becoming
more intolerant of the abundant sugar found in a Blizzard? I'm 47.
My recent blood tests have shown that I should cut down a lot on added
sugar and focus on more "healthy" carbs.

I have noticed that when I consume sugary foods, such as ice cream, I
feel "high" or nauseated, or just plain "out of it". I cannot imagine
that every single time you have had a Blizzard in "the last couple of
years"(your words), your local DQ has had spoiled dairy products,
unsanitary equipment, or dirty hands.

You can easily enjoy a Blizzard-like treat at McDonald's, A & W, or
your own home. Soften ice cream and add your own Oreos or M&Ms or
even cookie dough. You can use low-fat ice cream, sugar-free, high
price, frozen yogurt, or even some dairy-free option like Tofutti.


good point - i had a lactose intolerant coworker who could eat small amounts of some milk product but none of others by PepperElf Fri February 19, 2010 @ 9:38 AM

I'm lactose intolerant... by fishbjc Tue February 23, 2010 @ 2:43 PM

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