Here’s Some Freebies For National Ice Cream Day (3 Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

July 16 — aka National Ice Cream Day — is one food holiday that means business. 

Soft, decadent, refreshing ice cream is a favorite dessert of many, and for good reason! Did you know that ice cream is the second highest-selling sweet treat in America? (Cookies took the coveted number one spot, according to IceCream.com.)

There are a TON of deals on July 16. Are you ready for the onslaught of free stuff? Of course you are.

Here are the best ones that are popping up across the country on National Ice Cream Day, courtesy of TIME. Take advantage of as many freebies and discounts as you can!

Note: all deals are for July 16 only, unless otherwise specified.

Carvel: Buy any cup or cone and get a second one free!

Dippin’ Dots: During a two-hour window, you can score free mini ice cream cups — you have to check with your local stores to find out what time they are participating, as it varies.

Friendly’s: pick up a $2.99 Friend-z ice cream, and not only will they donate $2 to the Boys and Girls Club of America, you’ll also get a voucher for free ice cream that you can use on an upcoming visit.

Krystal: pick up a 99 cent sundae from July 16 to July 23.

McDonald’s: score a free vanilla soft serve cone in the afternoon when you download the McDonald’s app — more info here.

Monkey Joe’s: free ice cream cups at Monkey Joe’s indoor play centers!

Subzero: From 2pm to 6pm, snag a free scoop of liquid nitrogen ice cream when you buy another at regular price.

Your Pie: free gelato for all customers!

16 Handles: Download the site’s mobile app and get a free four-ounce scoop coupon, valid between 12pm and 5pm.

Are you more in a DIY mood? Here are some awesome ice cream-related recipes to celebrate!

1. Thirty-Minute Philadelphia-Style Ice Cream

Because homemade is always better! Want more ways to make ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt? You can find a bunch more recipes here. 

2. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bread

Top secret tip: did you know that you can melt ice cream and bake with it? You can, and you should, because it’ll leave you with an easy dessert that’s just about as decadent as ice cream. Enjoy!

3. Ice Cream Tacos

Feel free to tweak this layout as desired: fresh fruit, different flavors, and candy pieces would all be excellent here, or you can even go the extra mile and make your own waffle cone shell, if you have a waffle maker.

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Sources: TIME, IceCream.com / Featured Photo Credit: Pexels

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Want Free McDonald’s Ice Cream? Here’s How To Get It! (Video)

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By Cooking Panda

As everybody knows, the best kind of ice cream is free ice cream, and the best kind of holiday is the kind when you can get such a delicious frozen dessert for free.

That’s all going to happen on July 16, which incidentally is National Ice Cream Day, when McDonald’s is giving out free vanilla soft serve cones to all. Oh happy day!

TIME notes that National Ice Cream Day is a totally made up holiday, but aren’t all holidays made up?

All you have to do to cash in on this offer is download McD’s mobile app and find the free ice cream coupon under “my deals,” according to Business Insider. It should appear on July 16, and you can show to cashiers at the register or drive-thru to get your complimentary cone between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

No word yet on whether or not this means that their ice cream machine will actually be working when you come in for your free scoop, though.

​You can probably delete the app when you’re done, but it’s honestly pretty great to have if you go to McDonald’s every now and again — you can almost always find a coupon that makes it worth your while. But hey, you do you.

Still skeptical about this free offer? Don’t be. The famous fast food company has made some changes to its soft serve recipe, and they’re promoting that.

Starting in late 2016, McDonald’s took artificial flavors, colors and preservatives out of their soft serve. Does this mean that my McFlurry is now healthy?

On July 10, the golden arches social media launched a campaign to hype you up by dishing out personalized compliments to Twitter users who tweet McDonald’s with the hashtag #SoftServed.

There will probably be a bunch more deals popping up for National Ice Cream Day, so keep your eyes peeled!

Sources: Business Insider, TIME / Photo Credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr​

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