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10 delicious deals and sweet freebies for National Ice Cream Day

Nothing beats free ice cream on a hot summer afternoon.
/ Source: TODAY

Ice cream is undoubtedly the best way to perk up a steamy Sunday in July. But what's even better? An ice cream cone or a sundae that's free!

Big shops and eateries around the country are celebrating National Ice Cream Day (which is Sunday, July 21) in a big way this year — and that means there will be lots of sweet deals for frozen dessert fans.

16 Handles

At 16 Handles, all customers will be able to get their first 3 ounces free on National Ice Cream Day by scanning a code in the chain's loyalty app. Just make sure you have the app downloaded on your smartphone before you start swirling.



Visitors to Carvel will be able to score a buy-one, get-one cup or cone of soft serve ice cream from all locations nationwide on July 21. This includes all of the chain’s traditional soft-serve ice cream flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, a twist and the limited-edition special: Snickers. Additional flavors may vary by shop, such as Oreo cookie, mint, pistachio and more.

Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery will offer a buy-one, get-one promotion on Sunday. To receive the BOGO deal, guests must join the My Cold Stone Club Rewards program by Thursday, July 18.

Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan's Candy Bar is offering one free scoop of ice cream to customers who mention National Ice Cream Day at the ice cream counter in their New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and East Hampton locations.



This ice cream brand focused on lower-calorie pints is encouraging fans to share a feel-good message with someone who brings them joy through a personalized postcard coupon. Starting July 21, fans will be able to fill out a form on to receive a free coupon for a pint (or box of bars) and can then send someone special (your mom, a friend, you name it!) the same coupon with a personalized message.


Godiva boutiques and cafes nationwide will be offering a buy-one, get-one 50% off deal on soft serve ice cream and parfaits in stores on July 21.

Halo Top


On July 21, Halo Top is celebrating National Ice Cream Day by giving away thousands of free Halo Top Pops by partnering with the Bumble app. Download the Bumble App and swipe in Bumble Date, Bumble BFF or Bumble Bizz, then swipe right to match for a chance to claim the coupon for a free box of Halo Top Pops starting at 12:00 p.m. on July 21st. For those who don’t download the app, Halo Top is also giving coupons away for a box of pops at on National Ice Cream Day, and there will be pop up freezers in Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City.

Nutella Cafe

Nutella Cafe'

On July 21, Nutella Café locations in New York and Chicago will give the first 50 customers a free frozen Nutella pop. After those first 50 are gone (which will probably happen fast), all other visitors will get a complimentary scoop of gelato.

PetSmart PetsHotel


Even pups can join in on the fun! PetSmart is offering a weekend of free, dog-friendly ice cream topped with dog biscuit treats at PetSmart PetsHotel locations across North America on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21.



The Southeast-based supermarket chain, will be giving out free ice cream samples of its premium brand Cookie Butter Crème ice cream in stores from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in honor of this sweet observance.


Love ice cream but teeth a bit too sensitive to the cold? Sensodyne is hosting a giveaway on Twitter on July 21. To participate, tweet #SensodyneforIceCream, plus the ice cream emoji, and score a same-day delivery that includes one pint of ice cream, Sensodyne Rapid Relief, a soft pack cooler and an insulated tumbler (in select cities while supplies last). Participating cities include Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.

So Delicious


Generally, National Ice Cream Day is a celebration that's hard for dairy-free dessert lovers to take part in, but So Delicious is giving away pints of its dairy-free delights on Instagram to fans who share who they’d most like to #ShareAPint of the frozen dessert with on National Ice Cream Day. The first 500 people will receive a coupon for a free pint of any So Delicious frozen dessert.


On National Ice Cream Day, score a buy-one, get-one free deal from Yogurtland, so take a friend to get some ice cream. Flavors include the chain's new dairy-free Key lime pie, and traditional favorites like vanilla, chocolate and more.