On any blissful summer's day, a smooth, velvety ice cream is a real treat. Whether you enjoy it in a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor, July is one of the more cooler months thanks to this lovable dessert.
In case you didn't know by now, every third Sunday since 1984 has been declared by former President Ronald Regan as "National Ice Cream Day." While it might not be an official holiday that has us taking off from work, it is one that should be wholeheartedly celebrated with family, friends and coworkers.
It's hard to believe that ice cream is a fairly new treat in our country, first introduced in the U.S. by Quaker colonists and touted a rare and exotic dessert in the 1800s. Oh, how far we've come today with tubs upon tubs readily available at our favorite grocery stores, ice cream shops at every corner and mashups that are out of this world.
And the proper way to enjoy such a delicious faux holiday like this one is with BOGO offers and freebies. Well, sort of. In case you didn't realize, the fine print for all of them specifies that the offers are available at participating locations only and while supplies last.
It's time to throw on your classiest pair of yoga pants and feast on America's favorite dessert. With these great United States full of places to give coneheads alike their frosty fix, we share the scoop on all the places that have your needs covered on this cool Sunday.
16 Handles: New York's number one frozen yogurt and dessert brand not only revels in your individuality with endless combinations of frozen yogurt and toppings, but on Sunday, patrons can get a coupon for a free 4-ounce order from the hours of 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. just by downloading their app. With locations across the eastern United States, there's a lot to celebrate.
Baskin-Robbins: While the "31 flavors" company won't be offering freebies on Sunday, they are offering their customers with the aid of the Baskin-Robbins mobile app special offers for National Ice Cream Day and other days.
Carvel: "America's Freshest Ice Cream" is bringing back its annual buy-one-get-one deal in celebration of National Ice Cream Day. According to a press release, guests who visit participating shops anytime on Sunday, July 16 can double their delight when they receive a second cup or cone for free with their initial purchase of any size, any flavor soft ice cream cup or cone.
Dippin' Dots: Marketed as the "Ice cream of the Future" thanks to its ingenious form created by flash freezing ice cream mix in liquid nitrogen, Dippin' Dots is offering customers free mini cups of ice cream that will be offered in a two-hour window on Sunday.
Friendly's: With locations all across the Midwest, Friendly's is giving back while treating their customers thanks to their deal on Sunday. For every $2.99 "Friend-z" ice cream order on, the Massachusetts owned company will donate $2 to the Boys & Girls Club of America. Customers who purchase a Friend-z on Sunday also get a coupon good for free ice cream on their next visit.
Krystal: Celebrating summer with the utmost beloved treat, a press release states Krystal is ensuring everyone gets something this season. While the Georgia-based company is known for its small, square hamburger sliders with steamed-in onion, they are looking to offer customers sundaes for only 99 cents from July 16 to July 23.
McDonald's: The beloved burger chain is proving they are more than food, folks and fun. According to the company in a statement issued earlier this week, customers who download the McDonald's app get a coupon for a free vanilla ice cream cone on Sunday, no purchase required.
PetSmart: Don't leave your canine companion out from all the ice cream deals! A press release from the animal friendly megastore states that this Sunday, PetSmart customers and their BFFs who visit the PetSmart PetHotel locations will get a free Doggie Ice Cream Sundae — no purchase required!
Wendy's: There is nothing like a Frosty to add to the joys of summer and when they're half off, it's even better. If you weren't already aware, Wendy's is offering customers small Frosties, both vanilla and chocolate, for just 50 cents all summer long.
Steak n' Shake: While they might not be serving ice cream, the beloved Midwest roadside burger chain with its doowop-inspired diner themes has a coupon for buy-one-get-one Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshakes now through August 31 in case you are itching for something more heartier than a scoop or soft serve.