10 Ways to Score a Free Sweet Treat

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If you’ve got a sweet tooth — and an email address — a little bit of sugary heaven is right around the corner. And it’s all free.

Last month, we told you about 11 restaurants that offer free food items. But today, we’re going to get a little more decadent.

Following are 10 restaurants or confectioners that will give you a free sweet treat simply for pledging your customer loyalty.

In some cases, you may have to earn your treat gradually over time. In other cases, you earn your boon the instant you provide an email address.

Sign up for any — or all — of the following so you’ll be ready the next time you get a craving that only ice cream, chocolate or another treat will satisfy.

1. Baskin Robbins

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Who can resist complimentary ice cream — especially when there are 31 palate-pleasing flavors to choose from? Sign up for Baskin Robbins’ Birthday Club to enjoy “special discounts, personalized offers and tons of sprinkles — all year long,” according to the website.

A birthday club that offers rewards on ordinary days too — talk about a sweet deal! Register here.

2. Cold Stone Creamery

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Baskin Robbins isn’t the only ice cream establishment in town offering free frozen treats. Members of My Cold Stone Club will enjoy “two creations for the price of one,” among other perks.

Sign up for the program here.

3. Cinnabon

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Join Club Cinnabon and you’ll get a coupon good for one free Minibon roll at participating bakeries, according to the company’s website. But that’s not all. Members will also receive exclusive offers — including a special birthday gift — in their inboxes.

Here’s where to sign up.

4. Dairy Queen

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Is there a complimentary Blizzard in your near future? If you sign up for DQ’s Blizzard Fan Club, you’ll receive a buy one, get one coupon; a special birthday coupon; and a sweet surprise on your anniversary.

Now there’s a deal we can sink our spoon into! Become a member here.

5. Dunkin’ Donuts

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Need a little something to wash down that delicious doughnut? As a member of the DDPerks Rewards Program, you’ll enjoy a free beverage at sign up, on your birthday and for every 200 points you earn.

Plus you can rack up “points towards rewards and exclusive offers.” Complete the registration form.

6. Godiva

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Enjoy a rich, decadent piece of luxurious Godiva chocolate for free each month of the year when you sign up for the Godiva Chocolate Rewards Club.

In addition, members receive exclusive monthly offers, a free gift (the following month) when they spend $20 and “free standard shipping for one online order.” Join the club today.

7. Marble Slab Creamery/Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery

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Simply sign up for Marble Slab’s or Maggie Moo’s (depending on your location) Slab Happy Rewards program to score a complimentary scoop posthaste.

You’ll also enjoy $5 off birthday and anniversary purchases and a chance to amass additional rewards points and savings. Get Slab Happy today.

8. Olive Garden

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Are you a fan of this popular Italian restaurant chain that delights diners with its soup, salad and breadsticks? When you sign up for the Olive Garden eClub, you’ll “be the first to hear about news, events, specials and more.”

You’ll also enjoy a complimentary dessert (or appetizer) with the purchase of two adult entrées as a thank you for registering. Sign up here.

9. Panera Bread

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Panera Bread’s MyPanera loyalty program regularly rewards members for enjoying flavorful fare. According to the website:

Just present your card every time you visit; we’ll swipe it, and once we get an idea of what bakery-cafe items you prefer, we’ll do our best to reward you with more surprises based on what you love.

We’re talking free bakery items, exclusive previews and tastings, baking tips and much more. Pledge your loyalty here.

10. Red Lobster

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Red Lobster is serving up more than tender, flaky fish and its world-famous Cheddar Bay biscuits. The popular seafood restaurant chain rewards its Fresh Catch Club members with a gratis dessert (or appetizer) at signup with the purchase of two adult entrées.

Members also enjoy insider updates, a birthday surprise and special offers. Join here.

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