Mint Madness

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀

Even though I’m not even a little bit Irish, I love this holiday for one primary reason: MINT! All the delicious minty treats take over this month, and I’ve done my best to find (and sample) them all this season.

Without further ado, here are all the minty treats you can try today!

Shamrock Shake

McCafe Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s: The St. Patty’s Day staple. With a cherry on top.

Chocolate Shamrock Shake from McDonald's

McCafe Chocolate Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s: You read that right! This year, McD’s introduced a full line of Shamrock goodies, including this cool half-chocolate, half-mint shake. I like to call this one the #ShamChocShake.

McCafe Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe from McDonald’s: A Shamrock Shake with caffeine! Yes on so many levels.

McCafe Shamrock Hot Chocolate

McCafe Shamrock Hot Chocolate from McDonald’s: A warm cup of cocoa with a burst of mint.

McCafe Shamrock Mocha from McDonald’s: A hot alternative to meet your caffeination needs, similar to the wintertime peppermint variety.

Arby's Mint Swirl Shake

Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake from Arby’s: Yep. It tastes just as good as it looks.

Mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen

Mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen: This Blizzard of the Month is one of my all-time favorites, second only to Christmastime’s Candy Cane Oreo. Can one EVER go wrong with a Blizzard?

Mint Shake from Culver’s: A smooth, refreshing shake without all those unnecessary bells and whistles.

Mint Chip Shake from Culver’s: A twist on the classic mint shake with a chopped Hershey bar mixed in.

Mint Concrete Mixer Made with Oreos from Culver's

Mint Concrete Mixer Made With Oreo from Culver’s: Perhaps the most decadent treat on this list, creamy custard meets crunchy Oreos and smooth minty goodness right here.

Burger King's Oreo Mint Shake

Oreo Mint Shake from Burger King: One of the most affordable – and tasty – mint desserts to be found! Dare I suggest that this may even rival the Blizzard? 😮

And an honorable mention goes to Caribou Coffee’s Mint Condition (available hot, iced, or blended). It’s available year-round but still meets our minty St. Patrick’s Day requirements. 😊

Did I miss any must-try mint treats? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add them to my list! 🍀 Continue reading Mint Madness

Hwy 12 Dairy Queen: NOW OPEN!

I have officially been granted permission to announce what Willmar’s been waiting for since last fall!

Drumroll, please…

The newly-constructed Dairy Queen on Willmar’s Highway 12 is open for business as of TODAY!!

I’m super excited to share this news with my fellow ice-cream-loving Willmarites. (Soft-serve, if we’re being specific.) The brand new Highway 12 location has all the classic DQ favorites – cones, Blizzards, Dilly Bars, and MooLattes – plus a wide selection of savory meals, too. Whether you’re in the mood for a burger, buying chicken strips for your kids, or wanting to try one of the new buffalo chicken wraps, there are all kinds of entrees to choose from!

5 buck lunch from the Hwy 12 Dairy Queen in Willmar, MN

And, of course, there’s always the famed Dairy Queen ice cream cake. Enough said.

I had the privilege of attending a pre-opening event yesterday, and I was impressed by it all – the 5-buck lunch; the clean, modern design with retro accents; the warm friendliness of each staff member; and, naturally, the yummy soft-serve.

Just what the doctor ordered for a sunny Thursday! I’m sure of it.

The new Highway 12 Dairy Queen location in Willmar, Minnesota!

And I might have taken one of these incredible Cookie Dough Blizzard cake confections home:

DQ cookie dough ice cream cake from the Highway 12 Dairy Queen in Willmar, Minnesota

Possibly. I’ll never tell.

I, for one, am pumped about this new DQ location that’s accessible for both out-of-towners and those who live and work anywhere in between the 1st Street and Spicer locations.

You can find this new DQ next to the Best Western at 610 Litchfield Ave SE. Like the Highway 12 Dairy Queen on Facebook for more info and up-to-date posts!

Inside the new Willmar Dairy Queen on Hwy 12

Let’s be real: it’s gonna be tough to resist the temptation of a $5 lunch that includes ice cream now that summer’s (hopefully) here to stay! Lunch breaks just met a game-changer and so did my wallet. I’m a proud penny-pincher and this fits the bill…no pun intended. 😉

Hot eats + cool treats + a nice price = heaven right here in Willmar, Minnesota.

Don’t be surprised if you see me in the drive-thru tomorrow! Happy Friday!

DQ cookie dough ice cream cake from the Hwy 12 Dairy Queen in Willmar

Birthday Freebies in the Willmar Area

 

It just so happens to be my birthday today and, as everybody knows, the best part of birthdays is stocking up on freebies from local retailers!

In case you’re unfamiliar with this concept, many vendors offer free and discounted products on your big day to help you celebrate. Some deals are even redeemable throughout your entire birthday month!

Many retailers require that you sign up for their e-mail list ahead of time, so plan ahead, and be sure to have an ID on you if you’re 16 or older, just in case.

Here’s the full list of places in the area that offer birthday specials:
A&W: Free root beer float when you join the Mug Club
Arby’s: Free shake when you sign up for e-mails
Applebee’s: Free ice cream with either chocolate or strawberry sauce (and a free birthday song!)
Burger King: Free hamburger Kids Meal for kids under 13 years old (BK Crown membership required)
Caribou Coffee: Free medium drink when you join their e-mail list and provide a photo ID
CherryBerry: Free frozen yogurt and toppings of choice
Culver’s: Free ice cream surprise when you join their e-mail list (In the past, treats have included a scoop of custard and an ice cream sundae.)
Dairy Queen: BOGO Blizzard—mini, small or medium (Sign up for e-mails online to receive your birthday coupon and other deals throughout the year.)
Dunn Bros: Free birthday drink when you sign up for their e-mails
El Tapatio: Free dessert and song, plus you get the honor of wearing a sombrero!
Erbert and Gerbert’s: Free sandwich during your birthday month when you join the Sandwich Society (must pick up a card from an Erbert and Gerbert’s location)
LuLu Beans: Free cookie of choice
Green Mill: Free small one topping pizza for adults who join their rewards program, and free kids meal for kids who join the KidSpace birthday club (both offers valid through your birthday month!)
Panda Garden: Free buffet on your birthday with a valid ID and a party of 6+ people (print coupon here!)
Qdoba: Free burrito when you join their e-club
Redbox: Free DVD rental when you sign up for e-mails
Papa Murphy’s: Free cookie dough when you sign up for e-mails (You’ll also be the first to know about deals throughout the year!)
Pizza Ranch: Receive a $5 bonus on your card when you join the Ranch Rewards program AND take out a free cactus bread when you dine in.
Spicer Castle: Free birthday dinner (up to a $15 value)
Taco John’s: Free cini-sopapilla bites when you sign up for e-mails

Know of other local businesses that offer birthday freebies? Comment below and we’ll add them to the list!

Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen!

 

Attention, Willmarites!

Today just so happens to be Dairy Queen’s 75th anniversary, and participating Dairy Queen locations across the U.S. are giving away free vanilla cones to celebrate!

This deal is only good today, March 16th, so hurry to your favorite DQ before it closes for the night! I just grabbed my complimentary cone from the 1st Street Dairy Queen, and it was every bit as sweet and creamy as any DQ cone should be.

If you’re feeling generous, participating stores are accepting donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Be sure to leave a little something if you have some extra cash or change on hand!

Since the newly constructed Highway 12 Dairy Queen is still getting its finishing touches for a late spring opening, run to the 1st Street location before 9:30 p.m. to take advantage of this freebie!

Rumor has it that the Spicer location is also participating in this event, but I have yet to confirm this. Spicer’s DQ is open until 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy your ice cream tonight! #winningWillmar