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I wussed out. The sign was there at the register, but, when it came time to order, I just couldn't summon the stones to call the Caramel Delight Pie Blizzard by its full official title. Maybe it's the goofy silliness/sheer needlessness of the word "Delight" in the name of any food item, or maybe it's just a clumsy mouthful to say... but I requested a large "Caramel Pie Blizzard." Luckily my friendly DQ staff didn't seem to bat an eyelash.

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It's deceptively simple: "Vanilla soft serve blended with caramel, choco chunks, and pie pieces, all crowned with whipped topping." Based on that description, it doesn't sound like it should be anything special. And at first glance, it's not. But under that pile of whipped topping is a Blizzard that's loaded with plenty to get excited about.

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I never ran across any of the thick swirls or gooey pockets of caramel that I was hoping for. I wanted serious caramel; I got subtle. But the "choco chunks" are flakes of the hard-shell coating you know and love from a Dilly Bar or dipped cone, and they're liberally studded throughout this shake. DQ's interpretation of a pie crust tasted like crunchy, sugary shortbread, reminding me, in a good way, of the Trefoils in my Girl Scout Cookie stash. (Worth noting in case you feel the need to hack one of these things come May.) It totally works for a sweet treat that's actually greater than the sum of its parts. Whether or not you use the D-word is up to you.

About the Author: Todd Brock lives the glamorous life of a stay-at-home freelance writer in the suburbs of Atlanta. Besides being paid to eat cheeseburgers for AHT and pizzas for Slice, he's written and produced over 1,000 hours of television and authored Building Chicken Coops for Dummies. When he grows up, he wants to be either the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys or the drummer for Hootie & the Blowfish. Or both.

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