Dairy Queen Is Celebrating Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary With Its Zero Gravity Blizzard

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Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen is now offering your taste buds an out-of-this world experience. The fast food chain recently announced the release of its Zero Gravity Blizzard, a new frosty snack honoring the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing this summer.

According to the brand’s Twitter account, the intergalactic delicacy is “made with Oreo cookie pieces, sparkly cosmic swirls, and sweet cotton candy topping blended with our world-famous soft serve and topped with colorful galaxy sprinkles.” Lucky for Earthlings, it’s not freeze-dried.

The treat honors the Apollo 11 mission in more ways than one: Dairy Queen promises the shake will stay put if it’s turned upside down, as one does in zero-g. The company also created an accompanying Spotify playlist featuring 29 space-related songs. Yes, Elton John’s “Rocket Man” is on there.

“Consumers have had an unwavering fascination with outer space since America’s landmark achievement nearly half a century ago,” says Maria Hokansan, executive vice president of marketing at Dairy Queen. “Fans can feed their imaginations and taste buds alike with the Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat—sending their red spoon spaceships into a deliciously iridescent soft serve galaxy.”

Dairy Queen isn’t the only brand honoring the Apollo 11’s historic mission. You can wash down the Zero Gravity Blizzard with the Budweiser Discovery Reserve American Red Lager, a limited edition brew that celebrates the “pioneering American spirit.” LEGO has also released its Apollo 11 Eagle lunar lander set, developed with NASA.

The Zero Gravity Blizzard is available at select locations for a limited time.

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The Long, Fascinating History of Chocolate

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Walk into just about any grocery or convenience store today and you're sure to find row upon row of chocolate in every imaginable form. While we have come to associate this sweet treat with companies like Hershey, chocolate has been a delicacy for centuries.

All chocolate comes from the cacao tree, which is native to the Americas, but is now grown around the world. Inside the tree’s fruits, or pods, you’ll find the cacao beans, which—once roasted and fermented—give chocolate its signature rich and complex flavor. While we don't know who first decided to turn cacao beans into chocolate, we certainly owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

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