7 Chains Serving Free or Cheap Ice Cream This Weekend

On National Ice Cream Day, discounted cold treats will abound at ice cream and yogurt shops — and even a pizzeria.

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Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, a “holiday” introduced in 1984 by order of Congress and President Ronald Reagan So, in a way, you have a patriotic duty to observe it.

The following discounts will help you enjoy National Ice Cream Day the American way — with financial ingenuity.

Call ahead to your local stores to confirm they are participating in these offers unless stated otherwise.

1. Baskin-Robbins

This promotion is one of a few on this list that come with a string attached. In this case, you must download Baskin-Robbins’ mobile app.

Then, on Sunday, you will receive offers like the following:

  • BOGO (“buy one, get one”) cone
  • BOGO 99-cent sundaes
  • $2 off a medium milkshake

Just note those offers will all be valid only on Sunday.

2. Bruster’s

Bruster’s is observing National Ice Cream Month by offering what it calls a “reward” that is good for $3 off an ice cream purchase.

String attached: You must join Bruster’s new loyalty program, Sweet Rewards, to get the $3 reward. You can join the program by visiting the Sweet Rewards site or downloading Bruster’s new app from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

3. Carvel

Get a free cup or cone of soft-serve ice cream with the purchase of one such item on Sunday. And Carvel specifies on Facebook that this offer is available at all locations.

If you are too busy to swing by a Carvel on Sunday, though — or you just want more free ice cream — note that Carvel offers BOGO sundaes every Wednesday.

4. Dippin’ Dots

This chain will serve up free mini cups of its beaded ice cream during a two-hour window. Check with individual locations for their freebie time window.

5. Yogurtland

This chain will offer a buy one, get one free deal from 1 to 6 p.m. PDT on Sunday. You can choose ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet.

Yogurtland says it will serve five ice cream flavors for National Ice Cream Day. It also specifies that all U.S. locations will offer the BOGO deal that day.

7. Your Pie

This pizza chain also serves gelato, an Italian-style ice cream. And on Sunday, it will hand out one free scoop of gelato per person.

For more ways to enjoy ice cream for less, check out “5 Delicious Ways to Save on Ice Cream.”

How will you celebrate the “holiday” on Sunday? Share with us below or on Facebook.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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