The notion of a Carvel junior soft-serve ice cream cone is so quintessentially summerlike, and so thoroughly weaved through many people's memories of warm afternoons, that the mere thought of one is enough to transport a daydreamer to a swimming pool or sprinkler-splashed lawn.
Maybe you grew up with another type of soft-serve-y treat, but if you spent your childhood in New York, or Florida, or one of the many states that boasts a fleet of Carvels, that was probably one of your good times go-tos.
We know, 'tis the season, with other major ice cream companies also giving away gratis cones on special days. Which makes April, of course, one of the merriest and meltiest of months, a true jimmies-topped harbinger of summer.
The delicious details on Free Cone Day? You'll need to make your way to a participating Carvel between 3 and 8 p.m. on April 27 to score your sweet. (Solid idea: Phone your local shop if you want to know if they're part of Free Cone Day.)
Your choices include chocolate, vanilla, and Cookie Butter, the ice creamery's "newest, limited-time flavor, inspired by the irresistibly creamy, spreadable treat from Louis Biscoff."
While your ice cream is free, do keep in mind that the good-hearted day is a fundraiser for the American Red Cross, Carvel's longtime beneficiary on Free Cone Day.
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How's does Giving Day work? The started-in-1934 company will offer a coupon book for $1 in support of the charity. The coupons are worth "more than $20 in Carvel savings" while that dollar will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Sweet stuff for a sweet day, one that feels like summer in springtime.