Fast-food restaurants that have long catered to the hungry patron with super-sized entrees are now targeting the nibbler, offering smaller, snack-sized portions.
Dairy Queen is the latest eatery to shrink a popular menu item. In late July, it plans to roll out a 7-ounce Mini Blizzard, 5 ounces tinier than its current "small" frozen treat.
"Our customers really wanted it," said Dean Peters, International Dairy Queen's associate vice president of communications.
"They really requested a smaller-portion size of our blizzard - smaller appetites. We also felt there was an opportunity there with a smaller size Blizzard - which is our signature product - to perhaps bundle it with a combo meal or a food meal, as well."
Dairy Queen isn't the only big-name restaurant shrinking menu items. Last February, Burger King introduced a line of mini-burgers called "BK Burger Shots." Executives at the time touted that while the product "might look small ... they are full of the big, flame-broiled taste."