Today Is National Ice Cream Day: Here’s The Scoop on Free Cones

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 July 2019
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Pass the sprinkles, please.  Today, July 21, one of the hottest days of the summer in many parts of the country, is National Ice Cream Day, a holiday that celebrates the sweetened and flavored frozen dairy treat.

What was referred to by some as “frozen snow” goes back to Persia and Ancient Greece where flavors were combined with ice to produce a refreshing summertime treat. The ancient Chinese are credited with developing a cold, creamy dessert that resembles the ice cream we have today, while ice cream that follows the recipe we use today first appeared in royal courts in Europe in the sixteenth century and it remained a delicacy favored by the upper echelon.

The French brought ice cream to the Colonies, where it was originally referred to as “ice creem,” our founding fathers were big ice cream fans.  George Washington liked ice cream so much he brought ice-cream making gear with him to the President’s House in Philadelphia when he assumed office, where he was known to serve it to guests, and Thomas Jefferson – who is often mistakenly credited for introducing ice cream to the States – was the first American to create a recipe for ice cream, which he served to guests during his presidency.

An ice cream sundae at Eddie's Sweet Shop, the oldest ice cream parlor in New York City

An ice cream sundae at Eddie’s Sweet Shop, the oldest ice cream parlor in New York City

In celebration, many ice cream shops are offering customers free or discounted scoops.

Here’s where to get yours.

Baskin-Robbins.  The world’s largest ice cream chain is offering a free scoop to anyone who has its app.  In addition, it is offering two pre-packed quarters of any ice cream flavor for $7.99

Carvel.  Tom Carvel is offering a free cup or cone with the purchase of one

Dairy Queen.  The DQ app is offering a coupon for a Cupfection soft serve sundae for 99 cents with the purchase of one at the regular price.

Dylan’s Candy Bar. Dylan’s is offering a free scoop of ice cream – no purchase required – between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time.

Godiva.  Godiva boutiques are offering a 50% discount on a second ice cream or parfait when purchasing the first one at full price.

Whole Foods. Amazon’s grocery chain is offering a 35% discount on ice cream and frozen desserts through the end of the month.

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