Sunday is the day to save on sugary treats like sundaes.
July 18 is National Ice Cream Day, and businesses across the country are celebrating with specials, discounts, free scoops and contests.
Ice Cream Day became an official gastronomic holiday in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday in July to be National Ice Cream Day and the month of July to be National Ice Cream Month.
Reagan’s proclamation noted that the ice cream industry generated $ 3.5 billion in annual sales.
The prepared food festival comes after National Fry Day on Tuesday and National Mac and Cheese Day on Wednesday, but contests to win free McDonald’s fries and free Panera macaroni and cheese are still up for grabs.
According to a survey by the Tillamook County Creamery Association, a dairy cooperative, 82% of Americans’ favorite treats are ice cream.
Toothpaste brand Sensodyne, which hosts an Ice Cream Day contest, found in its survey that the average American plans to eat 39 scoops of ice cream by the end of this summer. More than half (52%) prefer soft ice cream to hard ice cream (30%), according to the survey.
Looking for another free frozen treat? If you haven’t had a free Slurpee from 7-Eleven this month yet, you can still purchase one until July 31.
Ice Cream Day Deals, Gifts
Here are the discounts and offers available Sunday, July 18 at participating locations, unless otherwise noted. Offers may vary and most times are offered while supplies last. As a safety measure, always check with your nearest location before you go. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant app or signed up for emails.
Ice Skoops: On Sunday, Skoops will be handing out free small cones to veterans and serving members. The glacier will also celebrate Christmas in July later this week.
On July 25, Skoops will be decorated in Christmas outfit and bring back their December menu for a day. Owner Terry Rastetter said the store will be decorated inside and out and special flavors will be available.
7 eleven: Members of the convenience store chain loyalty program get a free Slurpee anytime in July. One per customer.
Alden’s Bio: Find a $ 1 coupon on the brand sold in 10,000 stores on the company’s website through July 31.
Baskin Robbins: With a purchase of $ 10 or more on Sundays, get Kinetic Sand ice cream scented with chocolate mint or strawberry banana scents for free. Also Sunday through July 24, get $ 5 off delivery orders of $ 20 or more at Uber Eats, DoorDash, or Postmates.
Blue rabbit: The brand will be opening $ 1,000 tabs from Sunday to July 25 in 20 salons that participated in the âHeart of Pleasureâ contest. Selected lounges and schedule will be posted on BlueBunny.com on Sunday.
Breyer: The brand offers a âCookie Coverageâ on its Cookies & Cream ice cream on CookieCoverage.com. On the site, get a $ 2 coupon for half a jar and “an official certificate of insurance that provides protection on the cookies and cream in their jar.” The brand says if you’re “not completely happy with the cookie / cream ratio in Breyers’ updated recipe, the next pot is on us.” Limit of one free product coupon and one $ 2 coupon per person.
Bubble ice cream: With the Ibotta app on Whole Foods Market, get a free product purchase offer on the brand’s individually wrapped Mochi ice cream. Buyers will receive a $ 2 rebate through Ibotta until August 6.
Burger King: Get a free vanilla mug or cone with a $ 1 purchase and chain deal. Find deals on the app and at Bk.com/offers.
Carvel: Buy a new limited-time Churro flavored product on Sunday and get a “Special Offer Card” with a surprise offer that can be used until August 30th. Surprise offers include BOGO offers, freebies and discounts. Enter for a chance to win free ice cream for one year at Carvel.com/icecreamday. Carvel also offers a printable coupon for use on ice cream cakes sold in grocery stores.
Cumberland Farms: For a limited time, get the brand’s new Ultimate Scoop CrÃ¨me Brulee Crunch for $ 3.99, or $ 1.50 off the regular price.
The Dairy Queen: Participating DQ stores nationwide are offering $ 1 off dipped cones of any size with the chain’s mobile app, except kids cones. One offer per customer.
Dashboard : Order from The Ice Cream Shop on DoorDash Sunday and get a free pint of ice cream on orders over $ 20. To qualify, add any pint of ice cream to your grocery or convenience store order over $ 20 and use promo code ICECREAM at checkout.
Friendly : The chain is offering Fribble free to members of its Sweet Rewards program from Sunday to July 31. Customers who join the loyalty program will also receive a free medium sundae when they download the mobile app or check in online at FriendlysRestaurants.com.
Gouff: Until Sunday, get two pints of Ben & Jerry’s and Talenti for $ 8 with the convenient on-demand delivery service. Offers will be applied automatically.
Ibotta: The Cash Back app offers several ice cream discounts for National Ice Cream Day from brands like Yasso, Blue Bunny, and Halo Top. Also for a limited time, get free school supplies.
Insomnia cookies: Until Sunday, get a free scoop of ice cream with any purchase in store or online for delivery with the code ICECREAMDAY.
The Killer Creamery: Until July 31, the dairy products will be on sale at Albertsons Companies stores. Offers vary by location.
Marble Slab Creamery: Slab Happy Rewards members receive regular BOGO ice cream for Ice Cream Day. The chain is also offering a $ 5 coupon on ice cream kits until July 31 with the code ICECREAM5.
McDonalds: Check the fast food chain’s app for coupons and freebies. And with the new rewards program, after making your first purchase, you’ll have enough points to get a free cone.
Meijer: From Sunday until July 24, the retailer is offering its mPerks rewards program 50% off a pint of Purple Cow ice cream. To get the discount, customers can download the mPerks app, available for iOS and Android.
Rethink Ice Cream: The ice cream brand, available in more than 450 supermarkets in California, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, is offering a deal to buy six and get two for free. Stores include Nugget, Lucky, Bristol Farms, Lazy Acres Markets and Raley’s and the savings should be applied automatically.
Whole Foods Market: Until July 20, get 35% off all ice cream and frozen treats, and Prime members save an additional 10%.
Yoghurt country: Members of the chain’s Real Rewards program earn three times the points Sunday for in-store and online orders.
More offers: Local businesses and regional chains may also have specials for Ice Cream Day. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurant social media.
Ice Cream Day Contest
Mon / Mochi: For National Ice Cream Month, the brand is giving away free mochi ice cream with its “Mmm Face” campaign, which challenges fans to post photos of their biting faces to My / Mochi. Post on the brand’s social media to get a free box and you’ll also be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a one-year supply of My / Mochi. Use the hashtag #MyMochiMmmface and @MyMochi tag on Instagram or TikTok. On Facebook and Twitter, tag @mymochiicecream.
PROOF alcohol ice cream: Enter for a chance to win free ice cream with its “Weekend Adventures + PROOF” contest. Tag @proof Alcoholecream in your Summer Adventures post and use #weekendadventure to enter and win a four quart pack of ice cream.
Sensodyne: Sensitivity toothpaste brand is hosting a “Live Every Mo-Mint” raffle on Twitter where participants can win one of 750 kits with mint ice cream, toothpaste and more available with day delivery even. But not everyone can participate because the draw is only for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Learn more at Liveeverymomint.fooji.com.
Snickers Ice Cream: Until Sunday, the Mars Wrigley brand is offering a limited number of exclusive “Vacci-cation & Chill” kits as part of a competition. Enter for a chance to win one of 50 kits at ChillwithSnickers.com. Kits, valued at $ 350, include a premium cooler, wireless speaker, beach towel, pool float, and Snickers ice cream.
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