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I don't know if Dairy Queen is good.

I mean, it's not that I don't tried Dairy Queen (I don't live in complete isolation), but I just vacillate between loving this drink and feeling like it's a watered down K-Mart version of something you'd get at McDonald's or Ben & Jerry's.

Regardless, July is National Ice Cream Month, and when it comes to frozen treats, I'm guessing for most of you, there's nothing better than a Blizzard.

To honor the occasion, I dragged myself to the local queen (Emerson for me) and decided to compile a ranking of the ten best creations currently available.

Now, before I get into this list, I want to inform you: There are only 18 Blizzards on the menu, so a ranking out of ten? Doesn't mean that every sundae I'm about to acknowledge GoodTechnically speaking, the numbers nine and below represent 50% at best.

However, compared to the soggy, chunky Frosted Animal Cookies, they were passable.

So without further ado, let’s get started:

Here are the top ten (current) Dairy Queen Blizzards ranked.

10. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

I love Reese's, I really do.

In fact, I would probably call them the crème de la crème of chocolate candies, which is why this Blizzard is at the top of the list.

The problem with the taste, however, is that it lacks any kind of fullness, as it only Vanilla ice cream and crushed peanut butter cups. A third or fourth ingredient – like a peanut butter swirl or crushed Reese's Pieces – would have pushed it higher up the list.

9. Cookie dough with chocolate chips

This Blizzard has the same weaknesses as the previously mentioned Reese's: it consists only of vanilla soft serve ice cream and cookie dough.

It beats its competitor, however, because cookie dough itself is a richer product than crushed candy; as a result, the flavor is ultimately more intense, tastier, and just good enough to crack the top half of the menu.

8. Chocolate Brownie Extreme

The Choco Brownie Extreme Blizzard is one of Dairy Queen’s signature creations and means:

  1. There is more than just a mix-in
  2. It is a relatively permanent menu item

So:

  1. It has more textures and flavors
  2. You don't have to worry about it going anywhere soon

With chocolate chips, brownie pieces, and fudge, it's one of the more decadent creations out there and tastes pretty good as it melts around the edges.

7. Turtle Pecan Clusters

Another signature creation, the Turtle Pecan Cluster has been a DQ fan favorite for at least a decade, ranking among the franchise's best-selling treats each year.

For me it's a solid Blizzard option, but not the best.

The benefits? It has a gooey caramel layer that thickens the ice cream. It also contains chocolate shavings and pecan pieces.

The downsides, however, are that the chocolate shavings are more of a spice than a real piece of chocolate, and the pecan pieces aren't enough to create a really substantial bite.

Overall, I still find this Blizzard too thin – even though it tastes good.

6. Salted Caramel Truffle

The Salted Caramel Truffle cracks the top third of Blizzards and fixes the issue(s) I have with the Turtle Pecan Cluster.

Featuring salted caramel truffles, crushed toffee pieces, chocolate chips, and a dollop of fudge, it's got loads of ingredients that make it thick and gooey. The salt from the caramel and toffee gives it a similar sweet and savory flavor profile to the one above, and the chocolate chips and fudge enhance (rather than highlight) the chocolate flavor.

In my opinion, this limited edition flavor should become a permanent fixture on the menu – and the Turtle Pecan should be retired.

5. Brownie dough

A rich, delicious, chocolatey dream, the Brownie Batter Blizzard is one of the most sinfully delicious DQ treats currently on the menu. Originally launched in 2004, the cult classic keeps popping up, and each time it disappears, it causes heartbreak (like the coveted McRib).

However, with its gooey lumps of brownie batter and sweet fudge stripes, I understand the hype.

4. Oreo

The Oreo Blizzard is the only single-ingredient blizzard to make my top 5 and an absolute DQ classic.

Even though they're just crumbled cookies in vanilla ice cream, it works – because Oreos (unlike M&Ms or Butterfingers) were designed to melt in milk.

3. Royal Reese's Fluffernutter

OK, The is exactly what I needed in this simple Reese's Blizzard.

Here is the prescription:

OUTER LAYER: Reese's Cups, Peanut Butter

INNER LAYER: A marshmallow fluff core

The addition of creamy peanut butter to the original Reese's Blizzard (the outer layer) gives the Reese's flavor a saltier and more pronounced character. And the fluffiness? It gives the otherwise watery ice cream the necessary consistency.

Essentially, it's everything I want from the original (but never get) – so if you're a Reese's fan, order this one instead.

2. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Party

Peanut butter and cookie dough are probably the two most delicious foods in the world.

So when DQ decided to put them all together in one Blizzard (with crunchy peanut brittle pieces), it was a huge cause for celebration.

And maybe that’s why it’s called “Party.”

(The name could also come from the rainbow sprinkles, but that's more of a chicken-and-egg debate. Perhaps the sprinkles were added after the company realized the taste was good.)

1. Royal New York Cheesecake

Cheesecake pieces and graham crackers around a colorful strawberry center; the Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard is the stuff Dairy Queen dreams are made of.

Packed with 450 calories – in one Mini — it is as rich, sumptuous and filling as a dessert should be.

In summer its fruity notes are sweet and refreshing and in winter it will remind you of something your little Italian grandmother baked for Christmas.

From its perfect consistency to its irresistible flavor profile, this baking-inspired treat is undoubtedly the king of the queen.

Kara VanDooijeweert is a food writer for NorthJersey.com and The Record. If you can't find her at Jersey's best restaurants, she's probably racing at a mountain race track. Find her on Instagram: @karanicolev and @northjerseyeatsand sign up for their North Jersey Eats Newsletter.

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