Dairy Queen


Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2018! Dairy Queen is most known for ice cream, but they also offer breakfast and lunch fare. And their kids’ menu has several potential non-dairy options. Some of their sandwiches might be dairy-free with the cheese omitted, but their ingredients weren’t crystal clear, so we didn’t want to speculate.

Many Dairy Queen locations also have an Orange Julius with a few more dairy-free options. In fact, we discovered that they have a whole line up of light smoothies made without dairy.

Dairy Queen - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes

No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)

  • Breakfast items – Bacon, Eggs, Ham, Hashbrowns, Sausages, Steak Fingers
  • Chicken – Chicken Strips, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Crispy Chicken Sandwich
  • Hot Dogs – Hot Dog (plain), Relish Dog
  • Local Favorites – Wild Alaskan Pollock Sandwich
  • Kids’ Meals – Applesauce, Banana, Chicken Strips, Kids’ Fries, Hamburger, Hot Dog, Kids’ Grilled Chicken Wrap, French Fries, Applesauce, Banana
  • Sides – Fries, Lays Potato Chips (Original, BBQ), Oven Baked Lays Original Potato Crisps, Side Salad
  • Dressings(all Marzetti brand) Asian Sesame, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Dijon Honey Mustard, Fat Free California French Style, Honey French, Light Italian, Thousand Island
  • Light Smoothies – Mango Pineapple, OrangeBerry Xtreme, Pomegranate Berry Blast, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry, Sunshine Orange, TripleBerry, Tropi-Colada
  • Frozen Treats – Misty Slush

Other Allergen Notes: Dairy Queen does not label their “Milk” on the Kids’ menu as containing milk, but we’re pretty sure it does. Also, they no longer include their dipping sauces on their allergen menu. At last check, they had Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce, and Wild Buffalo Dipping Sauce without dairy. But of course, verify availability and ingredients at your local Dairy Queen. Dairy Queen uses soybean oil for frying and items are prepared in a shared fryer to the best of our knowledge.

More Details from Dairy Queen

Allergen Disclaimer from Dairy Queen: DQ locations contain allergens that may come into contact with our food. Since allergens are present in every DQ location and cross-contact can easily occur, we cannot guarantee any item to be allergen free or the accuracy of the data as it relates to prepared menu items at a location. We suggest you inform the restaurant of any allergies prior to ordering and ask to see the ingredient listing on the packaging for the product you would like to purchase.

Restaurant Website: www.dairyqueen.com

Allergen Information: www.dairyqueen.com/us-en/Company/Nutrition

*The above information was supplied by the corresponding restaurant via their website, customer service, or other published nutritional information. Ingredients and menu offerings are constantly changing in the food service industry, and can be subject to interpretation. For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information. If severe allergies or intolerances are a concern, contact the restaurant directly before purchasing or consuming one of their products. Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a fast food restaurant.

Last Updated: August 3, 2018

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. carol schaedel on

    Hi…my 92 year old father is lactose intolerant. My granddaughter works at a Dairy Queen and made him an ice cream cone and he gobbled it down! He must have had a craving for something sweet! Well, he never got sick and didn’t have stomach pains after eating.

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  3. Does Dairy Queen have non dairy ice cream…what can I order in non dairy ice cream…my teenager is going there with a group of friend and doesn’t want to get embarrassed…please help.any smoothie, ice cream just trying to help my teenager…please name the items she can order..

  4. Rosemarie Heimann on

    For health reasons, I am wanting to know if the chocolate in the soft-serve ice cream is real or artificial and does the artificial have caffeine in it.

    • Lactaid is real milk, which means it has dairy. Those with a dairy allergy cannot have it. All it is is cows milk with the lactose (milk sugar) removed.

  5. According to the current chart the 3 chicken strips are dairy free. So plain chicken strips are safe taking into account cross-contamination.

  6. Michael Hansen on

    Does Dairy Queen ice cream contain regular dairy reduced fat and nonfat milk or coconut milk ?
    I was under the impression that coconut milk was used in all their ice cream. I have had gut problems recently and was wondering if Dairy Queen changed their recipe to dairy milk.

    • Alice, see the allergen chart referenced via the link. According to DQ, the Flamethrower Chicken sandwich does not contain dairy/cheese, but this is a “may contain” by location.

  7. I am vegan and I came here looking to see if I can get anything anything at dairy queen like I can get daiquiri sorbet at baskin and robbins.I saw on PETA’s website that the StarKiss Bars are supposed to be vegan too yet when I visited the Dairy Queen website and looked at the allergy information for treats (m) for milk is now listed on both of the starkiss bars. I guess maybe now they add milk to them? unless it is a mistake on the allergy information? so be careful with those.Dairy Queen allergy info-http://www.dairyqueen.com/PageFiles/5144/US%20Treat%202013%20Q2.pdf

    • Hi Kelley, see our post above, which states that they “may contain” milk due to cross-contamination, but do not have milk in the ingredients. The (M) on the allergen chart is a “may contain” warning not an actual “contains”. You can see an explanation on the allergen chart that you have also linked to, but which can be accessed via our links above.

  8. DQ has recently changed their frozen drink menu. They now carry light smoothies which are dairy free and come in about twelve diferent flavors.

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