National Ice Cream Day, one of the few food holidays actually worth getting excited about, is today, July 16! That means ice cream vendors across America are celebrating by handing out all sorts of cups, cones, and other frozen treats for free.
While some of the sweet deals such as sweet ice cream toppings — are better than others, you can safely expect to have ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and sprinkles dripping down your hand before the day is finished.
Here are all the places around country with special deals for National Ice Cream Day.
16 Handles: Download coupon online or on mobile app at 16 Handles and bring it to this NYC’s self-serve frozen yogurt chain’s free four-ounce order from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on today, this Sunday.
Baskin-Robbins: Free samples of the new Mint Chocolate Chip will be given out to all customers at Baskin-Robbins on National Ice Cream Day. If you download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app, though, you’ll get special offers for National Ice Cream Day and other days. (By the way, today is also when Starbucks is giving away free iced teas, and Krispy Kreme is offering a dozen donuts for 80 cents when you buy a dozen at regular price.)
Carvel: Buy any size cup or cone on Sunday, and you’ll get a second one for free.
Dippin’ Dots: Free mini cups of ice cream will be given out in a two-hour window on Sunday. Check with your local Dippin’ Dots store to find out when.
Friendly’s: For every $2.99 Friend-z ice cream order on Sunday, Friendly’s will donate $2 to the Boys & Girls Club of America. Customers who purchase a Friend-z on Sunday will also get a coupon good for a free ice cream in the future.
McDonald’s: Customers who download the McDonald’s app get a coupon for a free vanilla ice cream cone on Sunday, no purchase required.
Whole Foods: If you want to celebrate at home, the organic grocer’s got a 2-for-$6 deal on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pints. Some stores will also hold “Sundae Fundae” sampling events throughout the day.
Cold Stone Creamery: Members of the chain’s My Cold Stone Club can take advantage of a a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) ice cream offer for the occasion.
Wendy’s: While the promotion is unrelated to National Ice Cream Day, the fast food chain has you covered with 50-cent Frostys.
Denny’s: Get a free banana split with the purchase of two entrees. Offer good only today July 16
Dairy Queen: July’s Blizzards of the Month are Frosted Fudge Brownie and Salter Caramel Blondie, discounts on blizzards.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Whether your favorite flavor is chocolate, vanilla or something more exotic, there are plenty of freebies, giveaways and discounts to celebrate.