Ah, Dairy Queen. One of America’s most loved dessert establishments. You’ve all seen them around from when you were kids. Most of you have even been in and had your pick of sweet treats. Fast forward to now. You’re a practicing vegan. You don’t eat meat, and you don’t consume dairy. What are you supposed to do?
There are all types of vegan options at Dairy Queen. Right from drinks to food items, you can find everything there. Moreover, people of all ages are going to love these vegan options.
What Exactly Are The Vegan Options At Dairy Queen Right Now?
This one is for all the vegans out there. What can you pick the next time you’re at a Dairy Queen? With the word dairy in the name, you would imagine that there wouldn’t be much for you to choose from. However, today, veganism is a growing movement. Scores of people are converting to veganism to live healthier lives.
Fast-food chains have had unchanged menus for decades, so it’s not easy for them to make vegan options available. However, with the growing movement and many requests from the vegan community, many are trying their best.
Dairy Queen has also noted this, introducing some vegan options for you. We’ve done some tasty research across a few Dairy Queens. So here’s a list of vegan options that you can choose from the next time you’re at a Dairy Queen:
Non-Dairy Dilly Bars
The much-loved ice cream treat from Dairy Queen is now available in a vegan option! How exciting is that? The Dilly Bar that’s been a fan favorite for so many years now has been given a vegan twist by Dairy Queen. It’s gluten-free, made with coconut cream, and dipped in vegan chocolate. Go ahead, give it a try!
Papaya Paradise Light
The Papaya Paradise Light is another excellent option for vegans at Dairy Queen. It’s a healthy, fruity option for customers that’s been around for a while now. The regular smoothie contains dairy, so ask for the non-dairy alternative. Why don’t you try the vegan Papaya Paradise Light the next time you visit your nearest Dairy Queen?
The ice-cold Misty Slush comes in a whole range of flavors like Blue Raspberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Grape, Cherry & Lemon Lime. All these are vegan friendly, don’t worry. A throwback to the days when we took huge sips out of our slushies and gave ourselves brain freezes for fun. Although non-dairy, these come with artificial coloring.
You have a lot of options when it comes to Dairy Queen’s light smoothies. Choose from flavors like Orange, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Tripleberry Mango Pineapple, Berry-Pom, OrangeBerry & Pina Colada. These are made with fresh fruit and no milk or yogurt. Check with your store and ensure that your smoothie contains no dairy before you order.
Starkiss Frozen Treat
Another favorite among the kids. The Starkiss Frozen Treat has been a staple on the Dairy Queen menu for some years now. The colorful, fun-looking dessert is a big hit among the younger customers of Dairy Queen. Dairy Queen now offers a vegan option of the Starkiss Frozen Treat, but not at all locations, so check ahead with your nearest store.
With the non-meat, non-dairy cheeseburger at Dairy Queen, vegans can be chomping down on a juicy burger. Why does it have to be just the meat-eaters? With the rise of plant-based burgers and other meats, vegans can also get in on the action. Ask for it without meat, cheese, or mayo. You could also ask for a double-up on vegetables.
One of America’s favorite snacks! You can find them around almost every corner you go to. Pretzel sticks are a very safe option for vegans at any Dairy Queen. Pretzel sticks aren’t made with eggs or milk, so they’re safe for you to eat. Just remember that the pretzel sticks come with the queso dip at Dairy Queen, so remember to leave that out.
Here are some sides you could get along with your order at Dairy Queen. They may be limited for now, but there are many more vegans around now. So, you can expect this list to expand very soon.
• Hash Browns (Breakfast)
• Lay’s BBQ, Original & Baked Potato Chips
We know that salad is the most clichéd and boring option for vegans, especially when you’re out for a meal. However, now at Dairy Queen, you have some great salad options. Here are some vegan dressings you could use to spruce up your salad!
• Marzetti Asian Sesame dressing
• Marzetti balsamic vinaigrette
• Marzetti Fat-Free California French Style dressing
• Marzetti Light Italian dressing
How Exactly Do You Order Vegan at Dairy Queen?
Now, when it comes to getting your order just right, it can sometimes be difficult for a vegan. Dairy Queen looks so fantastic with all its colorful and tasty-looking options. You can get a tasty treat from Dairy Queen even if you’re a practicing vegan. Here are a few steps to keep in mind while ordering vegan from Dairy Queen:
Always Ask For Non-Dairy
Remember to always specify to your server that you want a non-dairy option. You may have selected one of the vegan options, like the smoothie, but it’s better to ensure. Mention to them that you want the vegan option, and they will make sure not to include any dairy in your selection.
It’s always better to assume that your server may have forgotten to make your drink non-dairy and politely remind them once more about it before they make it.
Pre-Make Your Choices
There aren’t many options yet on the Dairy Queen menu for vegans. The list mentioned above covers pretty much all the options that they have as of now. So before you make your next visit to a Dairy Queen near you, plan ahead. Go through the list once, twice, and then once more.
Pick what you think will taste the best and what you’d love to have. Once you’re clear with your choice, you can be very clear about what you want and how you want it made when you show up there.
Specify What You Want to Be Left Out
While it’s essential to know what to eat as a vegan, it’s also equally important to know what not to eat.
As mentioned above, you can get fries, pretzel sticks, and salads. Mention that you don’t want butter or cheese dip with your fries or pretzel sticks. Remind them not to include cheese in any form in your salad.
PETA and Dairy Queen
PETA spent a long time petitioning Dairy Queen to develop vegan options on their menu. In fact, in 2016, the Honorary Director of PETA, Alan Cumming, wrote to Dairy Queen’s CEO. He spoke about the need for “healthier, greener and animal-friendly” options on Dairy Queen’s menu.
In 2020, he was pleasantly surprised to receive a gift box from Dairy Queen. It was a sweet treat he didn’t expect to receive from them. It was their very first vegan ice cream option. The Vegan Dilly Bar, as we’ve mentioned above. It was a huge step for vegans and a generous gesture from Dairy Queen.
This may not be a very expansive menu for vegans at Dairy Queen now, but it’s a start. As more people turn to veganism, you can expect them to keep adding to the vegan options that are already present.
We know it’s not easy to be a vegan and go out for your meals. It’s significantly harder if you’re going to one of the thousands of restaurant chains that have been around for so long. These places have had menus that haven’t changed much for many years now. So adding vegan options is an alien concept to them.
It sure is nice to go out to a vegan restaurant every now and then. Well then, what about when you have to accompany friends/family to non-vegan establishments? That’s where you need to be smart with your ordering. Read up about the restaurant before, have a look at its menu online, and make decisions before you get there.
One of the best things to do as a vegan at most fast food establishments is to double up on the sides—French fries, wedges, salads, baked potatoes, greens, etc. If you don’t have too many main vegan options, go hard on the sides. Make those your mains.
We do hope this list helped. Now that you’ve read this, your next visit to Dairy Queen will be an absolute treat and a pleasure, guaranteed!