Looking for an excuse to treat yourself right now? July 19 is National Ice Cream Day and ice cream shops across the country are churning out special deals to satisfy anyone with a craving for something cool and creamy.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan (who actually loved jelly beans) designated July as National Ice Cream Month and declared that the third Sunday of the month would be National Ice Cream Day, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
In the official proclamation, Reagan stated, "Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over 90% of the people in the United States," and encouraged Americans to celebrate throughout July with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."
Although the proclamation was initially meant to apply just to 1984, the tradition of celebrating eating ice cream every July has been carried on by ice cream manufacturers for decades ever since.
Whether you've got a hankering for Philadelphia-style ice cream, frozen yogurt or just an old fashioned cup of vanilla, here's the scoop on where to find the best deals on ice cream this summer.
Alden's Ice Cream
Alden's Ice Cream is an organic ice cream company that offers a wide variety of both dairy and dairy-free options. Alden's Ice Cream is sold at over 10,000 grocery stores across the U.S., including Costco, Kroger, Safeway, Albertsons, Aldi and more. To celebrate National Ice Cream Month, Alden's is offering a coupon for $1 off of any Alden's Organic item at a retail location. The offer is valid through the entire month of July.
Baskin-Robbins, one of the country's most popular ice cream chains, has created over 1,300 ice cream flavors since its first shop opened in 1945. When you download the Baskin-Robbins app, you can get a free, regular-sized scoop of ice cream when you make your first in-store purchase. On July 19, National Ice Cream Day, you can score a free regular scoop of ice cream by using the code "BASKINSCOOP" when you place an order worth at least $15 through DoorDash.
Bruster's Real Ice Cream
The Pittsburgh-based chain with 200 locations around the country has 150 flavors of ice cream and for the national holiday will dish up extra points for rewards members. Throughout the weekend of July 19, people who download the Sweet Rewards program can earn double points for purchases. It also launched a limited-edition ice cream for the month: S'mores with Oreo.
Carvel, known for its ice cream cakes and soft serve, has over 400 locations in more than 20 states. Every Wednesday this year, customers can buy one sundae and get another one free (a $6 value) at all participating Carvel locations.
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Coconut Bliss' plant-based ice cream products are organic and dairy free. Its ice cream can be found at retailers across the country including Whole Foods, Sprouts Markets and Fred Meyer. Use Coconut Bliss' special discount code "BLISSDAY15" to receive 15% off any online orders of four of more items. Orders must be placed between July 17 and July 19. The company is also planning a separate giveaway via Coconut Bliss' Instagram account on July 19 to give one lucky winner a year's supply of ice cream.
This convenience store chain will offer $1 off any of its store-brand Ultimate Scoop ice creams for $4.49 a pint. To cash in on the offer at any of the 600 East Coast and Florida locations, text SCOOPS to 64827.
The home of the iconic Blizzard is celebrating with a $1 off coupon of any sized Dipped Cone (excluding kid cones) on Sunday, July 19th. The one-day deal available for one day only includes the chain's new Cotton Candy Dipped Cone or its classic Chocolate Dipped Cone. DQ fans just need to download the app to score the $1 discount. Before head to your local Dairy Queen, check to see if the restaurant is offering in-restaurant or outdoor dining.
To celebrate National Ice Cream Day, Dippin' Dots is giving away a year's supply of the ever-popular theme park treat. To enter, follow Dippin' Dots on Instagram and tag three friends in the comments section of the brand's giveaway post by Sunday, July 12. The winner will be announced on National Ice Cream Day.
Friendly's, known for its diner-style dishes and 22 ice cream flavors, has 153 locations across the country. Friendly's turns 85 on July 18 and will be celebrating all weekend long with 85-cent cones (which usually retail for almost $4). The deal is only being offered for customers who belong to the chain's BFF club, which is free to join.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
This artisanal ice cream company with over 40 branded scoop shops across the country is currently offering free delivery on online orders of four or more pints through its website. However, you need to be within 5 miles of a scoop shop to score this deal.
Stewart's is a family owned and operated chain of convenience stores and gas stations across New York and Vermont with over 335 locations. On National Ice Cream Day, Stewart's customers will be able to make their own sundaes for just $1.99, a $2 value.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
This nationwide chain, which got its start on "Shark Tank" as an ice cream shop that freezes the dessert with nitrogen, is celebrating its 15th birthday on July 18, the day before National Ice Cream Day. To ring in both events, customers can snag a free cone between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on at all of its 50 scoop shops on the 18th.
Marble Slab Creamery
Marble Slab Creamery specializes in serving homemade ice cream and has over 300 locations across the globe. The creamery is celebrating National Ice Cream Month with a special deal: Buy two pre-packed ice cream quarts and get one free. Stop by any participating Marble Slab Creamery Monday through Friday throughout the month of July to claim the deal.
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