The bright red DQ sign can instantly signal your brain to stop for ice cream. Does it work? We’d say, almost certainly! In the past, if you were looking for vegan or dairy-free options, you’d have stopped and been sadly disappointed. But, now, you can order a few items without any struggle to assuage your appetite.
We wouldn’t recommend a visit if your heart is set on a vegan-friendly burger or a crisp cone of soft-serve dairy-free ice cream. Neither of those is to be found on the daunting DQ menu. But, if you follow our lead, you can select a few snacks and sides to tide you over until dinnertime. Want to know what’s vegan-friendly for Dairy Queen cuisine?
Fewer choices make fewer decisions, though we do wish that there was a veggie burger or at least one plant-based sandwich to savor. If you find yourself at a DQ location feeling completely confused, this is what you can choose for a stress-free and semi-satisfying experience.
While there is no specific vegan-friendly breakfast section on the DQ menu, you can get a solid (though small) breakfast in a pinch. Here’s what to order:
If we were sharing this article at any other time, this section would be totally blank. But, thankfully, Dairy Queen recently added at least one dairy-free (and delicious) dessert option to the menu. Yay!
The delightful, chocolate-dipped Dairy Queen Dilly Bar is available at most locations and, if you’re lucky, you can find the cool and colorful Star Kiss Frozen Treat, too.
While this snack shack seems to have fewer options than many fast food restaurants, DQ has one advantage over them at the moment. The Dairy Queen vegan Dilly Bar! Except for dessert-focused franchises like Cold Stone Creamery and Ben & Jerry’s, other one-stop eateries only offer savory items and not sweet ones. What can you order that’s vegan at Dairy Queen?
Note: Keep in mind that Dairy Queen cooks its fries in the same oil as animal-based foods. It’s a personal choice whether or not you feel comfortable with cross-contamination with animal products. There’s no judgment here.
These delightful desserts are available at most locations, with the Star Kiss being the less likely of the two. You can also buy them both online, as well. If you’re visiting a location just to try the non-dairy Dilly Bar, you may want to call ahead of time to make sure they’re on the menu.
Note: At some locations, other dressings are available such as Marzetti Asian Sesame, Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Fat-Free California French.
While you can’t find a specific gluten-free list on the Dairy Queen menu, we’ve found that a number of vegan-friendly options are also free of gluten. That’s pretty convenient! These are the food items that we found to be both vegan and gluten-free:
We’re sad to say that Dairy Queen has neither dairy-free ice cream cakes nor Blizzards on the menu at the moment. While it seems (to us) pretty simple to add almond milk or coconut milk ice cream option, we haven’t heard any hints that these ideas are on the horizon.
While you’re patiently waiting for more menu items to appear, how about giving our perfect vegan ice cream cake or decadent dragonfruit smoothie a try? They’re even better than commercial ice cream cakes or shakes because you can use exactly which individual ingredients and fantastic flavors you like. How cool is that?
To make a copycat Dairy Queen banana split, fill a large dish with three scoops of dairy-free ice cream (the traditional flavors are chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry), chocolate syrup, crushed pineapple, sliced strawberries, sweet cherries, and whipped cream. Yum!
Yes! There are vegan-friendly options at Dairy Queen. Choose from fries, hash browns, pretzels sticks (without cheese), side salad, juices, slushes, and possibly up to two dairy-free desserts: The Non-Dairy Dilly Bar and the Star Kiss Frozen Treat.
At the time of this article, there were no veggie burger options at Dairy Queen. But, please write to the company and let them know that you would like this option. Any requests to the company help everyone in the vegan community.
The exact ingredients that we found on the Dairy Queen website state: Water, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Maltodextrin, Coconut Oil, Coconut Cream, Contains 2% Or Less Of Vanilla Extract, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Carob Bean Gum, Mono & Diglycerides), Coating (Coconut Oil, Sugar, Cocoa Processes With Alkali, Corn Starch, Soy Lecithin, Salt, and Natural Flavor.
Check out the Dairy Queen allergy menu and nutritional information page to make sure that you are purchasing a vegan-friendly item. The menu items offered at Dairy Queen don’t seem to change very often, but you may want to double-check before you visit.
You don’t have to leave the house to enjoy the most heavenly ice cream! With any of these at-home recipes, you can recreate pretty much any flavor you desire and add all of the toppings that tempt you. We even have two recipes that require no ice cream maker at all! Save your spare change and scoop up your own any time you like!
Although Dairy Queen has not yet included any plant-based burger or dairy-free ice cream to the menu, we can still hope that our earnest vegan requests will be heard. Since there are more and more vegan-friendly burger and ice cream restaurants on the fast food front, we have high hopes that Dairy Queen will soon come up with at least one tasty vegan burger and a couple of sweet, dairy-free shakes to dive into. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the chain offered a fully vegan-friendly section on the menu? In the meantime, we can always write, call, or contact the managers of any location to make our requests.
Have you found any other vegan options at Dairy Queen? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Let us know by tagging #worldofvegan and sharing your favorite vegan-at-dairy-queen creations with all of us!
This article is not sponsored and we are in no way affiliated with Dairy Queen. At the time of this article, the menu items mentioned above are vegan. Since restaurants constantly update their menus and add or take away items, please keep this in mind when ordering your food. There may be new Dairy Queen vegan ice cream options that are not listed or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check.