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This Is What Dairy Queen's Ice Cream Is Really Made Of

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In 2019, Dairy Queen moved its headquarters to Bloomington, Minnesota. There, on two floors connected by a staircase with ice cream cone-painted walls, is the infrastructure necessary to perfect new flavors and products. In the office's newly designed test kitchens, QA, and product development labs, scientists work continually on quality assurance and menu development.

How Dairy Queen's soft serve is made is a tightly kept secret. Presumably, along with its labs, Dairy Queen also moved the safe deposit box that holds the secret recipe to Dairy Queen's famous soft serve to Bloomington. We do know what's in it, though.

But before we dive into the details, let's get one thing out of the way. It's not actually ice cream. Yes, it's cold, creamy, sugary, and delicious. But according to the FDA, ice cream has to have at least 10 percent milk fat. Dairy Queen's soft serve has just 5 percent.

Why? According to Forbes, the 5 percent fat content makes the ice cream perfect for serving at its signature temperature, 18 degrees. But Dairy Queen's soft serve recipe includes more surprising ingredients.

It's worth noting that 40 percent of a Dairy Queen soft serve is air. But that's not abnormal. According to the American Chemical Society, anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of any ice cream is. What's in the other 60 percent?

Dairy Queen's recipe, as listed on its website, is full of FDA-approved, but worrying ingredients. Take the mono and diglycerides, which ensure smooth texture. According to Science Direct, these can cause irritation in high concentrations and must be carefully controlled in food products.

Then there's the guar gum that prevents ice crystal growth in soft serve. When used in other manufacturing processes, guar gum has been linked to asthma, abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea, and cramps.

Dairy Queen also lists Polysorbate 80 as an ingredient. Polysorbate 80, which binds ice cream together, has been linked to cancer and adverse reproductive effects in animals, although no human data has been found.

Finally, Dairy Queen's soft serve includes carrageenan, an FDA-approved carbohydrate derived from red seaweed. Carrageenan gives your soft serve the thickness you crave. Unfortunately, similarly to Polysorbate 80, it's linked to inflammation, gut irritation, and cancer in animals.

When you take a bite of your favorite version of Dairy Queen soft serve, you might be serving yourself an extra helping of dirt, sour milk, or cockroaches. Between 2015 to 2019, Dairy Queens across the country made local and national headlines for consistently violating health and safety violations.

Keep watching the video to see that this is what Dairy Queen's ice cream is really made of.

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