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

THE Shamrock Shake

I have a confession to make.

Until last week, I had never before consumed a Shamrock Shake.

I realize this is unacceptable, which is why I finally jumped on the bandwagon and took a trip through the Willmar McDonald’s drive-thru the other day to sample one of the trademark green shakes.

And the verdict?

Yep. It’s as good as they say.

Green, minty, and smooth, with a subtle vanilla flavor and a lot of creamy texture.

I was surprised by the very vibrant shade of green. I always pictured the Shamrock Shake in a soft mint green hue, but nope! Mine practically glowed in the dark it was so bright. Clearly it was full of kale or spinach or some natural green coloring…;)

The other thing that surprised me was the flavor. The Shamrock Shake isn’t mouthwash-level mint. It’s just plain, ordinary mint!

Mint + creamy vanilla soft-serve + whipped cream and a cherry on top.

Not bad, McDonald’s. Not bad!

Rumor has it that McDonald’s sells Shamrock Shakes through the end of March (sometimes earlier if supplies run out), so if you’re a first-timer like me, snatch up a Shamrock Shake of your own soon before they’re gone!