REVIEW: Wendy’s Orange Dreamsicle Frosty

This is how I imagine the inevitable ad for Wendy’s new Orange Dreamsicle Frosty is gonna go:

Kathryn – “Ever since Wendy’s introduced the new Orange Dreamsicle Frosty, Tyler has been dreaming up some new squad names.”

Tyler – “Hey Willie, since nothing rhymes with ‘orange,’ we should be the ‘Cream Team.'”

Then Willie just Jim Halperts to the camera and continues helping a customer.

Toby – “What about me? I wanna be on the Cream Team. It’s my CREAM DREAM! Haven’t you guys ever had a cream drea–”

Willie – “DON’T say it again.”

Then Toby awkwardly eats an Orange Dreamsicle Frosty before you realize you’re watching the DVR and can fast-forward through the rest of the commercials.

Tell me you don’t want an Orange Dreamsicle Frosty now! I had one, and it’s good!

Wendy’s is killing it with their Frosties lately. Vanilla was a winner, naturally. I really liked the Pumpkin Spice, and I gave Peppermint a 10! The only newer flavor I didn’t love was Strawberry. I thought it needed to be sweeter.

Well, sweetness is where the Orange Dreamsicle Frosty excels. I’m sure you’re familiar with Good Humor. You’re not getting any of that from my review, but you’ve probably had a Good Humor Creamsicle at some point in your life. I think Wendy’s has improved on that iconic flavor.

They nailed the balance of orange and vanilla here. The orange is vibrant and candylike but not citrusy or sour. It’s very pronounced on the nose, but it soon melds with the really soft vanilla flavor that chases it. It’s just the right level of sweetness, definitely less cloying than the ice cream bar that inspired it.

There’s also something about these two flavors that works so well with the Frosty texture. I’ve gone over it before – it’s not a shake, it’s not ice cream, it’s just an icy grainy concoction that lives somewhere in the middle. I don’t know how they do it, but even the temperature is perfect. I took a big spoonful and then a couple swigs and never even worried about potential brain freeze.

I got a Dave’s Double for $2 because of a March Madness promotion in the app and compensated by only getting a Junior Frosty. I wish I got a medium instead and opted for a $1 Dave’s Single. Either way, it’s a great pairing.

So yeah, this is an ideal flavor to usher in the spring. Next time you’re in the mood for ice cream, a shake, or an ice cream and shake-adjacent modern marvel of food science, just go to Wendy’s.

I’m already bummed this won’t be a permanent menu item. While I clearly love these seasonal Frosties, I need more than two options at a time. I’m not telling Wendy’s to retrofit all of their restaurants with a 10-tap Frosty machine… no, actually I am. Do that, Wendy. I want a full range of Frosty flavors at my disposal at all times, and don’t forget the Wendy’s Blendies™.

Purchased Price: $1.29
Size: Junior
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 200 calories, 5 grams of fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 20 mg of cholesterol, 100 milligrams of sodium, 35 grams of total carbohydrates, 31 grams of sugars, 0 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

13 thoughts to “REVIEW: Wendy’s Orange Dreamsicle Frosty”

    1. Definitely not like the dreamsicle I got from the ice cream truck in the 60’s. Not the same. Had a wendys brand tonite..never again..

      1. I agree 100%. The flavor was very artificial and left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. And it was a lot more expensive than we thought it would be. We paid $5.10 for two small orange Frostys in New Bern NC.

        1. I tried an orange dreamsicle frosty and was highly dissapointed. It was orange but there was no orange flavor whatsoever. The only redeeming quality it had was that it was cold. No flavor.

  1. I enjoyed this Frosty thoroughly! Would love to see them tackle lemon, key lime, pineapple, and blueberry next 🙂

  2. I am an Orange fanatic and I found that the Wendy’s orange frosty was too vanilla and not enough orange for me. Maybe I need to try it again but my first one was very bland. What was really good was the half chocolate and half orange. Now that was awesome.

    1. My husband and I tried it over the weekend and thought the same thing:: not enough orange. It tasted more like vanilla with just a hint of orange. We’re going to stick with chocolate whenever we get a craving for a frosty ?

  3. Bought a Dreamsicle Frosty at the Wendy’s in Leavenworth, KS. Price on the overhead menu board was $2.18 for the small. The price programed into the register was 40 cents more. Server said oh well, that’s the way it is and there’s nothing she could do about it. Amazing. “Bait and switch” at a Wendys!

  4. Agreed! It’s awesome and it really is a bummer that it’s for a limited time only. I would choose this over the vanilla or chocolate any day!

  5. I love Wendy’s but , the dream sicle frosty is not worth the talk. It is missing the dream, it taste like just vanilla ice with a splash of orange pop. All of us remember the original dreamsicle ice cream bar … I do.

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