This copycat Dairy Queen Reese’s blizzard is the easiest, most delicious treat you will make. Made with vanilla ice cream, Reese’s peanut butter cups and a splash of milk, your family will keep asking for this treat — mine does!

A spoon scooping out some homemade Reese's peanut butter cup blizzard.

An Inexpensive Treat

Confession: I make this DQ blizzard once a week. It’s super hot in the summer here, and a cold treat does wonders for us. I was surprised to find recipes online that made this SO much more complicated than it had to be: “in the bowl of a stand mixer” yada yada yada. NO! Ditch the stand mixer, grab the blender and let’s not make this more complicated than it has to be. 

Plus, the key to making the best ice cream shake is making it quick enough that you don’t melt the ice cream. Making it in a stand mixer doesn’t blend the ingredients together quick enough and your shake will be way too melty. 

Also, can we just mention real quick how much cheaper it is to make your own DQ blizzard at home. It’s cheaper and tastes just as good, if not better.

Reese's peanut butter cups in their original orange packaging against a white background.

Ingredients

  • Vanilla ice cream — as much or as little as you want. When I make it for 1 person (aka, myself) I’ll use about 2-3 scoops of ice cream. 
  • Reese’s PB cups — Who am I to tell you how many Reese’s you should use. You can load as many or as little into your blizzard as you want. I do 3-4… I know, I know. It’s a calorie dense treat. But it’s soooooo good!
    (Tip: I chill my Reese’s peanut butter cups prior to using them. It’s not necessary, but since I live in a hot climate, we have to keep them in the fridge to keep them intact and not as melty — keep that in mind for time of year or the climate you live in.) 
  • Milk — could also use half and half or heavy cream. You just need a small amount of liquid to get the blender to mix things up *just* enough without it being runny. We don’t want runny! This is a blizzard after all. 

A blender with vanilla ice cream and 4 Reese's peanut butter cups in it.

How to Make a Reese’s Blizzard

It’s so funny to write this up because it’s literally so simple. I guess it’s like those directions on the back of toaster strudel packages on how to pop one in the toaster. 😂 But so as to not lead you astray here’s your foolproof way to make a blizzard at home:

  1. Add ingredients to a blender* and pulse blend until Reese’s are chopped up and incorporated into the ice cream. Serve immediately! 

*While I’m not on the stand mixer train for blizzards, I’m not picky about the blender. If you have a milkshake machine or malt machine, you can use that instead of a blender. You just want something that will blend/pulse the 3 ingredients together quickly to keep the ice cream as frozen as possible. I also like the Reese’s to have some slight chunkiness in them, so keep that in mind as you approach your “blending technique.” 

Tools Used to Make This Recipe

  • Blender — I use a Vitamin and I love it so so much. I have never regretted owning this kitchen appliance. 
  • Malt Machine/Milkshake Machine

A homemade Reese's blizzard in a metal cup.

 

Recipe Tips

  • If Reese’s aren’t your thing, you can swap them out for any cookie or candy bar.
  • Be careful to not add too much milk! You need the milk to help make that milkshake texture, but too much milk will make the blizzard too liquidy. 
  • If you don’t have a blender, you can chop up your candy of choice and mix it into your ice cream by hand.

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A metal cup full of homemade Reese's peanut butter cup blizzard.
Print Review
5 from 1 vote

Reese's DQ Blizzard

Make a DQ blizzard at home. Feel free to swap out the Reese's for your favorite candy bar.
Prep Time: 1 min
Total Time: 1 min
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 4 Reese's PB cups - chilled
  • 1/2 tablespoon milk

Instructions
 

  • Add ingredients to a blender and pulse blend until Reese’s are chopped up and incorporated into the ice cream. Serve immediately! 

Notes

 
  • If Reese’s aren’t your thing, you can swap them out for any cookie or candy bar.
  • Be careful to not add too much milk! You need the milk to help make that milkshake texture, but too much milk will make the blizzard too liquidy.
If you don't have a blender you can crush the Reese's and then mix them into your ice cream. Or if you have a milkshake machine or malt machine, you can use that instead of a blender. You just want something that will blend/pulse the 3 ingredients together quickly to keep the ice cream as frozen as possible. I also like to have a few chunky candy pieces, so I don't blend for very long. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 766kcal (38%)Carbohydrates: 39g (13%)Protein: 7g (14%)Fat: 21g (32%)Saturated Fat: 8g (40%)Cholesterol: 6mg (2%)Sodium: 248mg (10%)Potassium: 233mg (7%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 33g (37%)Calcium: 53mg (5%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
author: Whitney
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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This is what happens when you’ve taken a handful of pictures and then realize you need an upside-down shot! Also ice cream does not grip to metal.

A hand holding a metal cup upside down with ice cream falling out of the cup!