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When you think about Dairy Queen, you likely think about ice cream.

It doesn’t matter if it is an ice cream cone or one of their famous Blizzards, it seems as if they are all about frozen treats. They are even well known for their ice cream cakes!

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Perhaps that is why you may be interested to know that the ice cream they are serving is not really ice cream. At least, that is what the FDA has to say about it. You can read about it on the Dairy Queen website:

“Technically, our soft serve does not qualify to be called ice cream. To be categorized as ice cream, the minimum butterfat content must be 10 percent, and our soft serve has only five percent butterfat content.”

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According to the FDA, the unusual issue with the buttermilk content means that you are actually eating “iced milk” and not ice cream.

According to the FDA, if there is less than 5% butterfat, you can’t officially label it as ice cream when you’re also using terms such as “reduced fat,” “light,” or “low-fat.”

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When you look at the soft-serve treat offered by Dairy Queen, it would actually fall under the label of “reduced fat,” and that would also include their shakes. Then again, Dairy Queen labels everything soft-serve, because they don’t want people to think they are ordering something “low-fat.” After all, how much fun is that?