This Easy Homemade Blizzard made with just ice cream, your favorite mix-in(s) and a few key steps for a delicious, thick treat!

Watch Me Make an Easy Homemade Blizzard

Join me in the kitchen as I make this Easy Homemade Blizzard!

The Blizzard Queen of Ada, Oklahoma

Let’s take it back to my high school days when I was on the Dairy Queen blizzard-a-day diet. I was 16 and free to roam around town on my own, so where did I go?! Why the DQ, of course! Like every day.

I kid you not. I would drive through DQ nearly every day and get a blizzard. Sometimes, I even brought my own mix-ins (think homebaked cookies, brownies and even granola…say what?!). I’m pretty sure they shouldn’t have been letting me bring my own mix-ins or using the machines to mix them into my blizzard for that matter, but what happens in small town Oklahoma, happens in small town Oklahoma, y’all. Oh, and they even let me come behind the counter and make my own blizzard every once in a while. Talk about a highlight of my life! 😉

With my daily blizzard diet for nearly two years, I think I kept our small town DQ in business. Seriously! You’ll never believe it, but a few months after I moved away to college, the Dairy Queen closed. Gasp!

So with no DQ back home and no DQ in my college town, I started making my own blizzards…

Not Your Mama’s Milkshake

Homemade Blizzards are just as tasty, if not tastier than the real thing. Thick and creamy and filled with whatever mix-in(s) your Blizzard-loving heart desires.

Here’s all you need:

  1. Your favorite ice cream. I usually use vanilla, but sometimes chocolate or strawberry depending on the Blizzard flavor I’m creating. And sometimes I’ll use a healthier ice cream or frozen yogurt and it still turns out great!
  2. Whatever mix-in(s) you want. Oreos are my go-to with mini M&M’s a close second.

A few very important tips:

  • Use an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer. DO NOT use a blender. I repeat, do not use the blender!
  • Do not add milk. We’re not making a milkshake here, my friends. We’re making a DQ Blizzard! And a Blizzard should be thick. No need to thin it out with milk. Just let the ice cream do its thing.
  • Place your mixing bowl in the freezer for at least 10 minutes beforehand. This will help keep the ice cream thick and frosty.

Okay, I think we’re all set. Don’t blink because you might miss the steps involved. It’s that quick and easy.

Scoop, Beat, Repeat! How to Make an Easy Homemade Blizzard

First, scoop the frozen ice cream into the bowl of the stand mixer. You can use any flavor you like for a base (vanilla bean, chocolate, even mint!) and beat on medium speed for about a minute until creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times with a spatula so all ice cream is incorporated and looks a little more like soft serve.

Add whatever mix-in(s) you want. For add ins, we like to blend in Oreo cookies, candy bars, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and edible cookie dough. Most times, I like an M&M Blizzard or Oreo Blizzard. But for a really special treat, try out my Homemade S’mores Blizzard. It’s amazing!

Add your mix-ins and beat on low speed until the chunks are mixed evenly throughout the ice cream…

Spoon into serving cups, hold that baby upside down just for fun, and then dig in! You won’t believe how deliciously similar these homemade blizzards are to the DQ originals and the beauty is you can make them in the comfort of your own home, in a matter of minutes, for a lot cheaper than driving there to buy one.

Watch me in action!


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Let the homemade blizzard making begin! 😉 Enjoy!


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Easy Homemade Blizzard

  • Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Dessert


This Easy Homemade Blizzard made with just ice cream, your favorite mix-in(s) and a few key steps for a delicious, thick treat!


  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt (or any ice cream flavor)
  • 1/3 cup crushed mix-ins (Oreos, M&M’s, Butterfinger, Snickers, Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter cups, Nutter Butters, granola, homemade chocolate chip cookies, brownie, cake, cupcake, etc.)


  1. Place mixing bowl in the freezer for at least 10 minutes before using.
  2. Scoop ice cream into the bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until ice cream is creamy, about a minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.
  3. Add mix-ins and beat on low speed just a few times until mix-ins are mixed evenly throughout the ice cream.
  4. Scoop mixture into serving cups and dig in!

Recipe by Maegan Brown/Photography by Madison Mentesana

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  1. Oh my goodness! This looks incredible – I can’t believe how easy and thick it looks!
    Izzy | Pinch of delight

  2. Is your spatula beater broken at the top corner, too? Mine lost a hunk fairly early on; I was disappointed given the cost! Glad to see that a broken spatula beater can still make a treat that I’m way too cheap to buy. I found a recipe a few years back for a peanut buster parfait clone but hadn’t searched for a blizzard until today. You’ve just made my cravings disappear! Thank you!

    1. Hi Melissa! Yes it is, so frusturating! This is actually my second one and the first did the same. I contacted KitchenAid with the first and they replaced it, but it’s just a process that I haven’t gotten around to with this paddle. I might just have to reach out to them tomorrow. 😉 I’m so glad you found my homemade blizzard recipe too. You’re sure to love it! Enjoy! 🙂

      1. I can’t wait to try this!!!
        I don’t have a DQ near me, and around this time of year, I am always craving those pumpkin pie and apple pie blizzards! (I’m not even sure that they have those anymore).
        I love DQ blizzards in general, so this is really great to know!
        Thank you so much!!!

    2. Wow, I can’t believe how easy these are! I may never go back to Dairy Queen! My whole family was blown away.

      1. Hi Rachel! Yes, a hand mixer would work great. You can just use the regular beater attachments to mix the ice cream and the mix-ins. If you have a metal bowl to place in the freezer first, that would be best to mix it in. Enjoy!

  3. Amazing and so easy! I was looking at immersion blenders and other things trying to figure out how to mix in the candy and not blend it in to oblivion. How simple is this? Butterfinger also now has baking pieces already broken up for you, so it’s even easier. Made my first one today and it is excellent! I’m so glad I found this article.

    1. Yay Jamie! These are one of our absolute favorite treats to easily make in the comfort of home. Love the Butterfinger bits idea! Enjoy!

  4. Thanks Megan! You don’t know how many recipes I clicked out of that said “pour milk” “add creamer” how silly… I’m about to whip up a blizzard now <3

  5. I think we’re kindred spirits lol- I was on the “DQ diet” for years. I was obsessed with their chocolate soft serve with chocolate sprinkles. Every day I would stop and order my large cone for lunch. It got so bad I would see the employees out and about at stores and they’d say “hey! large chocolate cone!”. 😛 I have kicked my habit (and lost 5 lbs. lol) but my kids still crave their blizzards. Made my youngest the oreo and he loved it. My oldest loves cookie dough blizzards but I don’t know where to buy those hard little chunks of chocolate chip cookie you know of any?

  6. Did your DQ use a stand mixer to make the blizzards back then? I thought I saw the local DQ using a Vitamix blender to make them.

  7. Could you give me a rough idea as to how much 6 scoops of ice cream equals. I don’t have a scoop. I just use a heavy spoon.
    I would really like to try this.

  8. I’m so excited to try your recipe with our kitchen aid!!
    Do you recommend a brand of vanilla ice cream that tastes most authentic?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Karen! I recommend you use a good quality real vanilla ice cream like Alden’s, Tillamook, Blue Bell or Braum’s. Enjoy!

  9. Great diy blizzard! Next time we will use custard versus ice cream so it’s thicker. My kids and hubby loved them, especially during quarantine when we extra creative at home.

  10. So excited to try this! My oldest boy has a peanut/tree nut allergy some can’t go to DQ for a treat whenever we feel like it. I have a serious Blizzard addiction, so I’m really happy I found this. Thanks!

  11. Grandkids are going to give me extra hugs for this I believe. They will do chores to help me if I use this in a this for that situation. Thanks for the help dear!

    1. Hi Ange! I haven’t tried it with a hand mixer, but I think it would work great. Certainly worth a try! Enjoy!

  12. For the first time in years we were able to recreate the original Blizzard, the Chocolate Covered Cherry Blizzard. DQ stopped sending the ingredients to the stores years ago. I contacted corporate and got the original recipe that I adapted to your recipe.

    Theirs was Cherry Topping with Chocolate Cone Shell.
    Ours is:
    Add 1/3 cup of chopped Maraschino Cherries
    Add a good squirt of Hershey Chocolate Shell
    Mix for a few seconds. You want the shell to break up to little specks, no more.
    First try, WOW! That brings back memories!

  13. I am so pleased by the results!
    I followed these directions loosely and got an amazing smooth textured blizzard aside from my Oreos 🤤

  14. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It was so easy to make and absolutely delicious. I mixed the ice cream with green food colouring and peppermint extract then stirred in some Oreo pieces to make a mint Oreo version. Tastes exactly like the real thing!

    P.S. I used my hand mixer with the beaters attachment and it worked very well!

  15. You sure do have a way with words! Can’t wait to try this at our Bachelorette night tomorrow!! You have inspired us with your creativity and a story that is much the same to our own. ❤🎂🎉🍨🥄🏵

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