It takes a licking… Sunday July 16, 2016 is National Ice Cream Day (and Month), a food holiday with a presidential endorsement — Ronald Reagan created the event in 1984.
Reagan, in his proclamation setting aside a day in July for what he declared “the perfect dessert and snack food,” said he called upon Americans “to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” After all we have a Presidential blessing to do so.
Luckily, you can score a cone without breaking the bank. Here are 17 ice creamy deals… indulge in your favorite flavor. Use these ice cream coupons to score free ice cream cones from some of your favorite restaurants. If ice cream deals don’t interest you too much, you’ll be pleased to find discounts on plenty of other foods to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Baskin Robbins: Get a free waffle cone upgrade when you buy a double scoop ice cream cone all through July. Additionally, Baskin Robbins will donate $0.75 from every float sold on July 17 to the United Service Organization, in honor of its 75th anniversary.
- Carvel: Buy one, get one free ice cream cone or cup of any size on July 17.
- Cheryl’s: Take $5 off sitewide with code SWEET5 until Sept. 30.
- Cinnabon: Join Club Cinnabon and get a free Minibon roll at participating restaurants.
- Coldstone Creamery: Join the eClub and get a buy one, get one free ice cream coupon.
- Cumberland Farms: Purchase a 20 ounce Pepsi or Mountain Dew and receive a free Farmhouse Premium Ice Cream Sandwich of your choice until Sept. 6.
- Dairy Queen: Sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club and get an ice cream coupon for a buy one, get one free Blizzard, plus special discounts on your birthday and anniversary.
- Friendly’s: Get ice cream discounts at Friendly’s all summer long as part of its Sprinklefest promotion. Enjoy single scoops for $1.99, double scoops for $2.99 and $2.99 Sundae Funday cones — no coupon required.
- Marble Slab Creamery: Download the Slab Happy Rewards app and get a free ice cream coupon just for joining, plus earn rewards toward more ice cream freebies on every visit and get a $5 ice cream discount on your birthday and anniversary.
- Marie Callender’s: Join the E-Club and get a coupon for 20 percent off your next dine-in order — including desserts.
- Mrs. Fields: Get 15 percent off your order with coupon code DDLS for a limited time.
- Perkins: Use this printable coupon to get a free slice of pie with the purchase of an entrée from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays.
- PetsMart: In celebration of National Ice Cream Day and the launch of their Doggie Ice Cream Truck on July 14 in New York City, you can get free dog ice cream samples for your pup at all PetSmart PetsHotel locations on July 17.
- Steak ‘n Shake: Buy one regular size Oreo milkshake and get the second free with this printable coupon until Aug. 21.
- Tastee Freez: Present this printable coupon to get $1 off a banana split until July 31.
- Village Inn: Enjoy a free slice of pie with any dine-in purchase on Wednesdays — no coupon needed.
- Yogurtland: Register for Yogurtland Real Rewards and get 3 ounces of free yogurt as a welcome reward, points toward more freebies every time you visit and 3 free ounces of yogurt on your birthday.
Even those who work out can enjoy San Diego’s own (now available nationwide) Artic Zero… Crunch Gym members [at select clubs] who work out on July 17 can ask for a coupon for a free pint of Arctic Zero, the fit frozen dessert. It’s a healthy ice cream alternative that’s low glycemic, lactose free, gluten free and GMO free.