Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Almost Halfway There

Hey team, it's been a month since my last update and I've finally eaten enough Blizzards to give you guys a proper update.  Although it has been much slower going than I would have liked I'm at about the halfway point of this mini-challenge.  The Thanksgiving Weekend provided me with enough motivation to knock out two blizzards in two days though.  Things are looking up as we roll into the holiday season.  Who knows just how many blizzards Santa Claus will encourage me to put down?  Another point that shouldn't be understated is that with Cookout's massive menu I would have to hurriedly check to see if I had the milkshake or not, but with DQ's much more reasonable menu, I actually know all the ones that I've knocked out.  Makes the challenge a lot easier on both my brain and stomach.

The first blizzard I had the M&M blizzard.

This blizzard had awful presentation.  When I got it the employee didn't flip it over which should mean a free blizzard coming my way, but honestly, I was scared that if she flipped it, it would all come out.  The ice cream was so melted, you'd think it was made 15 minutes before I even ordered.  Also, the blizzard machine must do a number to the M&M's because the ice cream was streaked heavily with brown and then an assortment of rainbow colors to a lighter degree.  Honestly, this was kind of disappointing overall too.  I just expected more and while it was fine, it didn't really deliver anything special.

Taste- 4/5- It tasted fine but as I stated nothing special, just ice cream with an assortment of M&Ms that were poorly mixed together and half destroyed.

Consistency- 4/5- The good news is the blizzard machine is a lot more consistent than McDonald's ice cream machine.  The bad news is it doesn't mix the M&Ms as well.

Overall- 8/10- It was alright but certainly nothing special.

The second one on the list is the Royal Oreo Blizzard.

I don't know why such a perfect idea struggles to be utilized properly.  As unhappy as I was with the Royal Reese's Cup, this one might have been worse.  First of all, for a blizzard that is supposed to be injected with fudge, the fudge leaves a lot to be desired.  You have to go way to deep to get to the fudge and it tastes like chocolate pudding once you get to it.  It might just be the congealed similarity between the two substances but that's exactly how it tastes.  Also you look super weird if you try to spread some of the fudge around.  I didn't appreciate looking like a madman stabbing a blizzard because I wanted a consistent taste.

Taste- 4/5- The Oreo's were nice though.

Consistency- 3/5- The essential flaw of the Royal Blizzard line, it just lacks consistency that makes a milkshake good.

Overall-7/10- I don't know how this rating compares to the Royal Reese's Blizzard and I'm too lazy to compare scores but this one was worse.

The last one on the list is the Butterfinger Blizzard.

I'm not a huge butterfinger fan.  I don't like the fact that it gets all stuck to your teeth while your eating it.  That might be a different story for a different day but I think it's important to mention because I actually really liked this blizzard.  The butterfinger meshes well with the ice cream and are in small enough pieces that they don't get as stuck into your teeth.  Once you get over that part, the candy is actually pretty nice.  I don't despise butterfingers or anything but this was still a pleasant surprise.

Taste- 4.5/5- It was close to perfection.  Good work Butterfinger Blizzard.

Consistency- 5/5- Perfect consistency, plenty of butterfinger distributed throughout and pretty small pieces which is appreciated.

Overall- 9.5/10- One of the top blizzards DQ has to offer.  I did not expect to be saying that.



Monday, October 23, 2017

Dairy Queen News

Well team, this challenge started with so much promise.  I thought I could easily start destroying the short list of Dairy Queen blizzards and while I still plan to complete the list it has been slow going so far.  Momentum has been hard to gain but I will keep plugging away.  Luckily, studying for the CPA exam is pretty awful so I've decided to take a break and update you all on my progress so far.  Also, if you can think of a better blog name let me know or we'll just ride this thing on out right here.

While progress has been slowed by my own laziness we do have four wonderful Blizzards to review at this point so we'll dive right into that.

The first blizzard I had was the Blizzard of the Month months ago.  Luckily it wasn't that great and the review of it probably won't be that great as well so you're really not missing much.

I'm talking about the Triple Truffle Blizzard.

The concept is that this blizzard featured three different types of truffles, fudge, peanut butter, and caramel.  You would never know which kind you were biting in to, making each one a magical surprise.  This was mixed with chocolate ice cream as well.  This could have been a good strategy but at least two of the truffles tasted terrible.  The peanut butter was the only one that was any good but it made this blizzard surprise into a blizzard minefield with your tastebuds being the causality.

Taste- 2.5/5- The whole concept of this was the truffles but there were so many poor tasting truffles in there I actually got truffle fatigue.  Not good when that is the whole point of your blizzard.

Consistency- 4/5- While this was kinda really bad the consistency was actually alright.

Overall- 6.5/10- Hopefully it never comes back.

Next we have an originally classic, the Oreo Blizzard.

I'm not gonna lie, my blizzard experience was extremely limited coming into this challenge.  I'd only really had a Reese's Blizzard.  I feel like the Oreo is the classic blizzard experience though so I was happy to experience it.  The Oreo cookie mixes well with the ice cream and makes for a very enjoyable experience.

Taste- 4.5/5- This one could definitely give the Reese's a run for it's money.

Consistency- 5/5- It mixes very well.

Overall 9.5/10- While Oreo markets itself as milks favorite cookie, ice creams favorite cookie might be a more accurate label.

Then I had the Cookie Dough Blizzard.

I thought the cookie dough was the first blizzard I really had that was enhanced by the filler in the ice cream.  The cookie dough flavor really permeated the ice cream and led to a taste that was just vanilla ice cream more unique than usual.

Taste- 4/5- The cookie dough chunks were nice and the flavor took on that cookie doughish taste which was fun too.

Consistency- 3.5/5- Although the taste permeated the ice cream the chunks of cookie dough did stand out.

Lastly, I had the Reese's Brownie Royal Blizzard.

This one is going to be hampered by high expectations.  When I received this blizzard they had to ask for it back to replace the iconic red spoon with the royal gold spoon.  Given the nature of the Blizzard I ordered I understood, it was a concoction meant for a king or at least one that would make you feel royal as the treat killed you off.  This thing had Reese's Cup, chunks of brownie, and the center was filled with peanut butter.  It sounds like an all-time classic but unfortunately this was a case of too much of a good thing hurting it overall.  The chunks of brownie did not mix well with the Reese's or peanut butter mix.  The peanut butter also tasted weird.  It's super hard to explain but it didn't taste like normal peanut butter and really didn't mix well with the blizzard.  I found myself left with two or three spoonfuls of almost straight peanut butter by the end.  All in all, this had high expectations and under delivered.

Taste- 3.5/5- The strange peanut butter taste and brownie chunks bring this rating down.

Consistency- 4/5- Probably should be lower honestly, things just didn't really mix well together.  Although I loved the idea of mixing the peanut butter center with the ice cream and throwing in some brownie chunks it wasn't mixed well throughout and hurt it.

Overall 7.5/10- Could have been in the pantheon of ice cream treats but will instead have to settle for middle of the pack when it comes to Blizzards. 


Saturday, July 22, 2017

A New Challenge

If you haven't heard I have undertaken a new ice cream treat journey.  I have decided to make a post about it here, talk about the future of this blog, and leave my first Dairy Queen Blizzard review.  This will be a much shorter entry featuring about a fourth of the content and about a sixteenth of the wit but I'm all about click bait so it will probably be hyped up a whole lot.

The new challenge is to eat every Dairy Queen Blizzard on the menu.  I've had a few questions about what the Dairy Queen menu actually consists of so I felt the need to clarify that I will be eating the core menu and will try to eat the monthly special that Dairy Queen puts out but I'm making no guarantees on that front.  The goal is to eat one Blizzard a week but that could change as well.  

After this review the blog will more than likely move to one that better represents the challenge.  I should have thought about the future when making my original blog but I was to scared about the daunting task before to think that I'd want to tackle another resturuant so fast.  So if you have a good name for a potential blog leave a message in the comments or shoot me a Facebook message or something.  I'm relying on your wit to create something good.

Lastly we have the first review.  In the future expect 3-4 Blizzards in a review but I was so excited to update the blog that we only have one for today and boy is it a good one.

The first blizzard I took down was banana split.

Wow, the presentation of this blizzard was not good.  It had already started to melt and you know how they have to turn the blizzard upside down when they deliver it to you?  I thought that was going to be the end of the blizzards life.  It was close too.  But I got it and ate it and it was alright until I dropped my spoon.  I then had to ask the DQ worker for a new one.  Not a good start for someone I'm sure I'm going to become familiar with.

The blizzard itself was alright.

Taste- 3.5/5- I expected a lot more banana flavor in this to be honest.  It had a strawberry base and chunks of fruit in it but the banana was lacking.  I think there only two pieces of banana in the entire blizzard.  It was outweighed by pineapple chunks which I already don't believe mix well with ice cream so I was a little dissapointed.

Consistency- 4.5/5- The consistency wasn't bad.  Everything was mixed well and there were always chunks of fruit mixed in the ice cream, no long fruitless stretches although sometimes the fruit that I found were hard, a byproduct of improper thawing.

Overall- 8/10- This was probably a bottom-tier blizzard.  I had really high hopes because I like banana splits and even higher when I saw that strawberry would be prominent but there were too many nasty chunks of pineapple and cherry to bring this to the next level.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ranking The Cookout Milkshakes

Well team I promised that I would rank all the Cookout milkshakes as the preeminent expert on the subject so I'm back to do just that.  A few notes on the rankings.  The most important factor is memorability of the shake either good or bad.  I had 40 plus milkshakes over almost two years.  If I can remember the milkshake then it will rank over one that might have scored higher initially.  That is not to say that those ratings don't matter.  They will come into play but those numbers aren't the end all be all.  Lastly, I'm ranking from worst to best so you all have to read everything if you want to find out what the best is.  Gotta get my click rates up somehow!

46. Walnut- Gag-worthy

45. Peach- This contained peach pits and that wasn’t even the worst part of the shake.

44. Watermelon- It didn’t waste like anything really and you had chunks of watermelon in it still.

43. Banana Fudge- Perhaps the first shocker on the list but it was so bad when I had it deserves a low spot.

42. Cherry Banana- Mostly because cherry shouldn’t be classified as a berry.

41. Cherry Cobbler- Disappointing

40. Cherry Cheesecake- Cherry might be the most disappointing flavor in Cookout history.

39. Caramel Cheesecake- Cheesecake is a close second.

38. Hershey’s Chocolate- Regular Hershey’s Chocolate needed something more.

37. Banana Pineapple- They just don’t mix.

36. Pineapple

35. Banana Nut- You’re nutty if you think this should be higher.

34. Red Cherry

33. Peach Cobbler

32. Strawberry Cheesecake

31. Blueberry Cheesecake

30. Double Chocolate- Just adding double the chocolate makes this shake ten spots better.

29. Vanilla

28. Egg-Nog- You’ll have to wait until December to see if you agree.

27. Caramel- High initial rating but the cheesecake really hurt this one.

26. Chocolate Cobbler- The top cobbler milkshake but far from the top milkshake.

25. Mocha

24. Cappuccino- These two are so interchangeable it’s not even funny.

23. Snickers- My haters probably won’t like this ranking I’m sure.

22.Heath- I don’t like Heath that much but it is great in shake form.

21. Chocolate Nut

20. Peanut Butter Banana- This might be my most controversial placement.  It truly is an enigma though.

19. Chocolate Cherry- Never thought I’d have cherry this high until I got halfway through this list.

18. Banana- It’s tough to get fresh banana but when you do, this is on another level.

17. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake- I never thought I’d have a cheesecake milkshake this high.

16. Hi-C Punch- This shake could be higher but was hindered by Cookout’s inability to remember I ordered it.

15. Chocolate Chip Mint- Not quite as good as Mint Oreo

14. Mint Oreo- This shake failed to reach my lofty expectations but was solid in the end.

13. Chocolate Malt- Cookout’s version of the Frosty.

12. Strawberry Banana

11. Caramel Fudge- Not quite peanut butter fudge but a quality mixture nonetheless. 

10. M&M

9. .Reese’s Cup- Never in my life would I think I’d rank Reese’s this low but when you have a perfect blizzard to compare to, the impossible becomes possible.

8. Blueberry Banana

7. Strawberry- People always sleep on strawberry.

6. Oreo- Never would have guessed this would be my top candy choice but it was truly impressive.

5. Peanut Butter- Smooth peanut butter and ice cream with some extra peanut butter at the end makes this a strong entry.

4. Blueberry- Who would have known that the 2nd most popular berry produces a better milkshake?

3. Banana Pudding- Another shocker but it deserves it.

2. Orange Push-Up Pop- A creamsicle in everything but name, the surprise of the challenge but a very good milkshake.


1. Peanut Butter Fudge- I wanted to find something that would dethrone the champ, but I'm still looking for a worthy challenger.

Well team there you have it.  Let me know what you think of the rankings and the blog in general.  What did you like?  What did you hate?  I think I've milked this whole Cookout thing for all I can so I ask you what should I tackle next? Let me know in the comments here on Facebook or send me an email or something I don't know but I'm open to ideas now that there is a whole in my life where Cookout used to be.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Unofficially The Official Last Milkshake Update

Although there will still be one more post after this one giving my definitive ranking of all the Cookout Milkshakes, this is the end of sorts.  For 3 years the Cookout Milkshake Challenge has been apart of my life and although I failed once, I am happy that I was able to complete it albeit on modified terms.  In the end, the challenge never really about trying to do something spectacular, it was about enjoying something I really liked, having a go to hang out spot, and a conversation starter.  Don't get me wrong, I am very happy that I completed all the milkshakes and worked hard to do so but that represented the icing on the cake more than anything else.

This year the milkshake blog took off, attracting a lot of viewers, poking its way into class discussion and even providing the basis for my final senior project.  Although there were some failures, overall this year was a success for the challenge.  It was fun but just like my undergraduate career it must come to an end.  So I hope you enjoy this last official Cookout review and I thank you for following along whether you actually read every post, only liked the Facebook message, or brought up the challenge when you couldn't think of anything to say to me.  I enjoyed all those aspects even when I could tell the person on the other end was only politely interested.

With that we get the show on the road.  The last four milkshakes need to be reviewed to close the door on this chapter.

The first one I had was Blueberry Banana.

The blueberry banana milkshake was one of the three milkshakes listed as the ominous banana berry (3).  I really like the blueberry flavor in milkshakes overall so I was excited to try it out and luckily it did not disappoint.

Taste- 5/5- Blueberry and banana work very well together and led to a great taste.

Consistency- 4.5/5- The blueberry and banana also mixed pretty well together but the banana was added first and the blueberry did not permeate the entire milkshake so there is a slight ding on that front.

Overall- 9.5/10- A very good milkshake overall if it would have just been mixed a little better this could have been a contender for top dog.

The second milkshake I had was Cherry Banana.

This was the third milkshake included in the banana berry (3).  I was shocked to find that out.  Cherry is not a berry.  I get that they rhyme but that should not count as one.  Dang it Cookout.  My horrified reaction was actually justified too.  In the future, they should eliminate this abomination.  Banana berry (2) is all that should be listed.

Taste- 3.5/5- The cherry taste did not mix well with banana.  It settled on the top of the milkshake and provided a very unpleasant start to a very unpleasant milkshake.

Consistency- 3/5- Although I just complained about the taste not being that great together, I also feel the need to complain about the consistency.  The actual cherry part of the milkshake was all at the top and did not mix at all with the banana.  I felt like I was eating half a cherry milkshake and half a banana milkshake.  Since I didn't order that, I shouldn't expect that in a milkshake.

Overall- 6.5/10- This milkshake really made me mad which is why I rated it as low as I did.  They say you shouldn't hold grudges.  I hold a grudge against this milkshake.

The third milkshake on the list is Caramel Cheesecake.

At this point I must have really wanted to be done with the challenge because this is another clunker in my opinion.

Taste- 3.5/5- The caramel was not good in this milkshake.  I'm pretty alright with caramel in most cases but something was off this time around.  Throw that in with a cheesecake flavor I'm also not too fond about and you get a lackluster milkshake experience.

Consistency- 4.5/50 I feel like it is a rare occurrence when the consistency outrates taste but this is one of those times.  Although the taste was not the best, the consistency was still pretty good.

Overall- 8/10- The caramel left a lot to be desired and mixing it with the cheesecake didn't work this time but overall the milkshake could have been a lot worse.

The last milkshake in the entire challenge is Cherry Cheesecake.

Quite a few people asked me how the challenge was going throughout the year especially near the end of the year.  When I told them I only had Cherry Cheesecake was left, they were like at least you have a good one left.  I did not share this sentiment.  I was not excited for this milkshake and while I was grateful to be done with the challenge, this milkshake matched my skepticism.

Taste- 3.5/5- The cherry was just okay and the cheesecake was also just okay, making for a very okay milkshake overall.

Consistency- 4/5- The consistency actually was pretty good too.  There was a little more cherry on top but besides that this was pretty good.

Overall- 7.5/10- Unfortunately to challenge went out with just a mediocre milkshake but at least it was completed.




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Official Unofficial Cookout Cobbler Ratings

Although the milkshake challenge might officially be over there is still the process of squaring up the blog.  Since I last left you, a lot has changed.  I gave a presentation on Cookout for a class where the blog was prominently displayed.  I graduated from UK and finished up being an RA for ever.  I still have three blog posts to finish before I can close the door on the Cookout Challenge.  This is the first one.  I had all three variations of cobbler that Cookout has and have determined the official ranking of the three.  Usually I present the milkshakes in order of completeness but for this entry I will deviate from that and present them in order of preference.

1. Chocolate Cobbler

So the cobbler effect is kind of a let down once you realize how it is achieved.  They literally just vanilla wafers in the milkshake and mix it up.  This kind of creates almost a pie crust flavor.  Kind of, it still is kind of off too so keep that in mind.  Still with chocolate cobbler the effect is the best.  The milkshake tastes almost like a lighter chocolate pudding or chocolate pie.  Pretty good job overall on this one.

Taste- 4/5- Overall the taste worked really well for this milkshake.  I liked it a lot.

Consistency- 4.5/5- It was very consistent and that helped to pull off the illusion of chocolate pie.

Overall 8.5/10- Although this was where I realized that I was being duped into believing pie crust was in this shake, it was still a worthy Cookout entry.

2. Peach Cobbler

This time there were no peach pits in my milkshake so that was already a positive.  This one was pretty good.  The wafers mixed well enough that I honestly couldn't tell that it wasn't pie crust that was used.  Alas, the frozen peaches were a drawback.

Taste- 4/5- The frozen peaches were a drawback but besides that the milkshake did taste like peaches.

Consistency- 4/5- Once again this boils down to the mistake that is the frozen peaches.  It tasted weird with the wafers and created a strange consistency.

Overall- 8/10- Not a terrible milkshake but it does leave a lot to be desired and it has to settle for number two in the great cobbler debate.


3. Cherry Cobbler

Wow this milkshake was kind of a mess.  The chunks of cherry were not good and almost unnecessary because the cherry flavor clearly permeated the milkshake.  It was a real drawback as the cherry chunks mixed clumsily with the wafer pieces.  The wafers were also most noticeable in this milkshake.

Taste- 3.5/5- This is where the milkshake really suffered the taste was just not good at all.  It could have and should have been better given the multiple cherry entries on the list.

Consistency- 3.5/5- The consistency was also strange all the cherry chunks were at the top which made the shake a nightmare for a minute but then bearable afterwards.

Overall- 7/10- This was clearly the weakest of the cobbler milkshakes and honestly on the lower end of the milkshakes overall.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Four Down Only Six To Go

First of all this title is a little misleading.  There could technically be 7 milkshakes left due to the ambiguity of the Cookout Milkshake Menu, but as we head towards the end of the semester, creativity starts to take a dip so you get a boring misleading post title instead of a fun jazzy one.  The rest of the milkshakes almost exclusively feature cheesecake or cobbler and I'm honestly not a huge fan of both so it's going to be an exciting end to the blog.  Without further ado, it's time to get into what this committee of one views as the official opinion on these four milkshakes.

First on the docket is Banana Pineapple

I'm going to be honest with you all, I was dreading having to eat this thing again.  I have in the past and it was gag worthy.  The pineapple and banana did not mix at all last time, the textures were so different that you either got a smooth banana or a rough half frozen pineapple it was terrible.  Fortunately this time, banana continues it's comeback and the pineapple was not that bad.

Consistency- 4/5 Last time this was a huge issue for this milkshake, it was a lot better this time around.  The pineapple actually blended with the banana, in the past it stuck out and made the milkshake like a tastebud minefield, sometimes you would get the banana but more often than not you'd get the disappointment of pineapple.

Taste- 3.75/5- This gets knocked just because I know how bad this milkshake can truly be.  Fortunately this time it a lot better but the scars of milkshake past were brought up in this experience and drag it down.

Overall- 7.75/10- I came in expecting the worst and was pleasantly surprised.

 Now we turn our attention over to Pineapple

I was also pretty nervous for this milkshake.  I can't stress how much I did not like the pineapple milkshake idea when I first had it.  It just did not work well.  This time I was once again pleasently surprised.  Although the pineapples tasted slightly frozen, there were not all that many mixed in to the shake which was good.  On another huge note, the taste of pineapple actually permeated the vanilla ice cream which can be an issue for fruit milkshakes.

Consistency- 4/5 I feel like it's tough to say that the lack of pineapples improved the consistency but in this case it really did.

Taste- 4.5/5- The fact that the vanilla ice cream still had hints of pineapple did wonders for the taste of the milkshake.

Overall- 8.5/10.  I expected a milkshake I would struggle to finish but this one ended up surprisingly pretty good.

Then I had a Mocha milkshake

I was worried getting this one.  I had to wait almost 30 minutes for the milkshake.  I thought it was the return of the lost shake.  Luckily when I went to the counter to ask for it, it came out quickly after.

Consistency- 4.5/5 The coffee taste rang out pretty well throughout the entire shake.

Taste- 4/5 It tasted like coffee which was fine.  I'm not a huge coffee fan but I can still appreciate that those who do like coffee would probably like this shake.  It does get dinged slightly because I feel like it tastes pretty similar to the cappuccino milkshake.  I'm not really sure what the difference in real life is between these two but I don't get why there are two similar milkshakes that taste almost identical.

Overall 8.5/10 Still a pretty good milkshake

Lastly we have Blueberry Cheesecake.

This milkshake was very light on the cheesecake part of the shake which in my opinion is a big positive because I'm not a big cheesecake fan.  The blueberry part was good and the cheesecake was just enough to be noticeable but not exceptionally overpowering.

Consistency- 4/5 The blueberry was nicely mixed with the cheesecake although in some parts that the actual cheesecake part was lacking.

Taste 4.5/5 I'm a big blueberry guy and not a big cheesecake guy so the overall execution of this milkshake was positive in my mind.

Overall 8.5/10- Another solid milkshake in the Cookout lineup.