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National Soft Serve Day Deals You Might Be Able to Grab in 2024

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National Soft Serve Day, not to be confused with National Ice Cream Day, happens every year on Aug. 19. In 2024 it falls on a Monday. Carvel and Dairy Queen each lay claim as being originators of soft serve ice cream. Heck, legend has it even former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher played a role in creating the stuff (she had a chemistry degree and briefly worked for a food manufacturer). While we may not all be able to agree on the true inventor of soft serve, we can all enjoy the cold treat. And, hey, that’s something.

We’ll let you know exactly where you can find a deal to celebrate the food holiday. While not many restaurants might be offering deals in 2023, we have found all the deals that you can grab

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Carvel: BOGO free small cups or cones on Aug. 19.

two sundaes from carvel next to each other

During National Soft Serve Day weekend 23023, Carvel celebrated by giving us two deals. Here’s what you could have found at your local Carvel:

  • BOGO free small cup or cone of the soft serve of your choice on Aug. 19, 2023
  • From Aug. 18 to 20, 23023, you can try two soft serves with their double cones. This was the first time they are bringing these cones in shops.



Rita’s Italian Ice: Free small frozen lemonade with purchase.

Someone holding their Rita's app displaying an offer for a small frozen lemonade at Rita's

Members of the Rita’s Italian Ice Rewards program could have grabbed a free small frozen lemonade with any purchase. All you needed to do is scan the coupon through the app when you make a purchase, and you’ll get your freebie. This deal was available until Sept. 10 — including National Soft Serve Day.

We’ve been keeping track of all the Rita’s coupons you can use on your orders.



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