A large chocolate Frosty from Wendy's

The Frosty is a frozen dairy dessert of the American fast-food restaurant chain Wendy's. The Frosty was among the first five items introduced on the Wendy's menu.[1]

Wendy's founder Dave Thomas created the original "light chocolate" Frosty himself by combining chocolate and vanilla flavors, as he thought that a pure chocolate flavor would overwhelm the taste of the restaurant's hamburgers.[2] Thomas based the Frosty on the milkshakes he drank in Detroit as a youth, and created the Frosty to be thick enough to require a spoon to eat.[2] The consistency has been described as partway between that of a milkshake and soft-serve ice cream.[1]

Specialty flavors

Over the years Wendy's has occasionally introduced new flavor variations.[1] In August 2006, a vanilla flavor was introduced after repeated customer requests.[3] In the summer of 2022 and 2023, the vanilla Frosty was temporarily replaced with a strawberry Frosty.[4] In November 2022, Wendy's released the new peppermint Frosty for the holidays; this was the third new flavor released and temporarily replaced the vanilla Frosty. In September 2023, a pumpkin spice frosty was introduced. [5][6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c DiNuzzo, Emily (March 7, 2022). "8 Things You Never Knew About the Wendy's Frosty". Reader's Digest. Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  2. ^ a b Griffin Llanas, Sheila (2014-08-15). Dave Thomas: Wendy's Founder. ABDO. ISBN 978-1-62968-605-9.
  3. ^ "Wendy's Frosty Gives Up The Single Life". Wendy's International. July 5, 2006. Archived from the original on August 21, 2006. Retrieved October 17, 2007.
  4. ^ "Vanilla Frosty is on Vacay; Strawberry is Stepping in". Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  5. ^ "Exclusive: Wendy's is selling its first-ever holiday Frosty". CNN. November 10, 2022.
  6. ^ Schneider, Jeremy (16 November 2022). "I tried Wendy's new peppermint Frosty so you don't have to. Here's my review". nj.com. Advance Local Media, LLC. Retrieved 1 January 2023.