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Ice cream and froyo enthusiasts live for Free Cone Day. But which one? Arguably the most famous one happens every year at Ben & Jerry’s locations in April, but there’s not just one Free Cone Day!
While we love celebrating food holidays, Free Cone Day is special because it happens throughout the year. Some free cone days are tied to other food holidays like National Ice Cream Day or National Frozen Yogurt Day.
And on top of that, if you’re feeling creative, there are also ways to make your own free cone day by taking advantage of special promotions and discounts from your favorite ice cream shops. So mark your calendars — you’ve got a lot of ice cream to eat.
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Free Cone Day, Any Day
These ice cream joints don’t have a dedicated Free Cone Day, but they do offer a free cone for anyone who signs up for their loyalty programs. So you can pick your own Free Cone Day.
Download the Baskin Robbins app and sign in for the first time to get a digital coupon for a free scoop of ice cream. Plus, you’ll also get a free scoop on your birthday (and can register up to five family/friends’ birthdays).
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Once you join Bruster’s Sweet Rewards, you get a $3 credit that you can immediately redeem. And since a small (two scoops) sugar cone, cake cone, or cup costs less than $3, you’ll get it for free. (You could also opt to get a Kids’ Sundae instead; they’re under $3, too.)
Carvel used to do a free cone day every April, but we haven’t seen evidence of this since the pandemic. But if you sign up for their loyalty program, Fudgie Fanatics (and put in your birthday), you’ll get a free cone on your birthday.
It’s not free, but pretty dang close. On Scoops of Thanks Day, May 4, 2023, customers enjoyed a scoop of any-flavor Fresh Frozen Custard for $1 by donating to a local agricultural organization or FFA chapter. Watch for this deal next year.
We haven’t seen anything about a free cone day at Haagen-Dazs since 2019, so your best bet is to create your own free cone day by signing up for Haagen-Dazs Sweet Rewards. They’ll give you a coupon for a free mini cone or cup. The coupon is good for 14 days.
Marble Slab Creamery
Marble Slab Creamery doesn’t have a specific free cone day, but they offer free ice cream for customers’ birthdays through the Slab Happy rewards program.
Ice Cream Cone Day, Feb. 6, 2024
TCBY: Get your first six ounces of frozen yogurt free.
Since TCBY serves frozen yogurt, it makes sense that their freebie day is on National Frozen Yogurt Day, Feb. 6. On that day in 2023, TCBY gave customers their first six ounces for free. And if you want more than that, you pay for each additional ounce. TCBY also offers a free small cup of frozen yogurt to veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
Ice Cream Cone Day, March 20, 2024
Dairy Queen: Get a free small vanilla soft serve ice cream cone.
Dairy Queen Free Cone Day always coincides with the first day of spring, which was Monday, March 20 in 2023. The ice cream chain gave away free small vanilla soft-serve cones during business hours (typically 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day). This free Dairy Queen treat was limited to one free cone per person. You could not get this deal online, for delivery, or at any mall locations.
Rita’s Italian Ice: Scoop up a free Italian ice (any flavor).
Like they do every year, Philadelphia-based Rita’s Italian Ice offered a free Italian ice on the first day of spring. (They are so proud of this, they have it on their About Us page!) Customers can choose any flavor of Italian ice for free.
Ice Cream Cone Day, April 3, 2024
Ben & Jerry’s: Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream in a cone or cup.
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day has typically been on the second Tuesday in April, but in 2023, they bumped it to April 3. Between noon and 8 p.m., customers received a free scoop of ice cream in a cone or cup, depending on their preference. The free scoop was valid for any flavor available at the location. This freebie was limited to one scoop per person at Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops.
Ice Cream Cone Day, July 16, 2024
16 Handles: Receive a coupon for a free 3-ounce soft serve.
If you were a member of the 16 Handles Rewards program ahead of National Ice Cream Day — July 16, 2023, you got a promo code sent to your email for $3 soft serve with toppings, anything over that was on you. The exclusive promo code was also available on Instagram. This deal was redeemable in person or through the 16 Handles app for pickup or delivery orders.
Dippin’ Dots: Grab a free mini cup of Dipping Dots during certain hours.
When you visited a Dippin’ Dots location on National Ice Cream Day in 2023, you got a free mini cup of Dippin’ Dots (regularly $3.49). The catch? You had to be there at a random 2-hour window that varied from location to location.
Friendly’s: Rewards members receive a free medium sundae coupon in their account.
If you were a Friendly’s Rewards member before National Ice Cream Day, you would have received a coupon for a free medium sundae (regularly $6.59) in your Friendly’s account just in time for the food holiday on July 16, 2023. This coupon was valid through the Friendly’s app, website, or in person.