National Ice Cream Month began back in 1984. Now the third Sunday in July is also the official National Ice Cream Day. This year it falls on Sunday, July 16th. Here are some ice cream deals and steals to celebrate! Thanks to Mary from Mission to Save for helping us with this yummy list.
National Ice Cream Day Deals 2017
Baskin Robbins-Get a free samples of its popular Polar Pizza from Noon – 5:00 p.m. at participating Baskin-Robbins locations on 7/14. In addition to the Polar Pizza Sampling on July 14, Baskin-Robbins is giving its guests several ways to enjoy National Ice Cream Month. For starters, guests who download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App will receive exclusive offers on National Ice Cream Day (Sunday, July 16) and throughout the month.
Carvel– Buy One Get One FREE deal on any size soft serve cone or cup in the guests’ choice of Vanilla, Chocolate or OREO, Sunday, July 16th! (only at participating locations)
Dippin Dots – Order online in July for a chance to win your next shipment for free.
Friendly’s– Buy One single scoop for $1.99, Get One Free on Saturday and Sunday. (Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and South Carolina)
Graeter’s– Wants to thank their loyal fans, for keeping them in business for over 147 years with $1.47 single dip sugar cones on Sunday, July 16th! Graeter’s plans to further take advantage of National Ice Cream Month in July with its annual unveiling of Summer Bonus Flavors in scoop shops and online for a limited time. New bonus flavors will be announced on June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21. Finally, the Graeter’s family, in support of its new relationship with the Cincinnati Zoo, has created a decadent and delicious flavor – available only at the Zoo, to benefit the Zoo.
Marble Slab Creamery: Enjoy $2 off of your purchase of $10 or more every day in July at participating locations in the U.S. Download the Slab Happy Rewards app to get a free ice cream coupon just for joining, rewards toward more ice cream freebies on every visit and a $5 ice cream discount on your birthday and anniversary.
McDonald’s: Get free soft-serve ice cream cones nationwide on Sunday. To get your free scoop, download the McDonald’s mobile app.
PetsSmart PetsHotel– Get free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes (vanilla flavored dog-safe non-dairy ice cream topped with dog biscuit sprinkles) at participating PetSmart PetsHotel locations on July 16th. Thanks, Thrifty Jinxy.
Salt & Straw: This Portland-based ice cream company is giving away T-shirts, tasting flights, ice cream scoopers, hats, pints and a grand prize: a free shipment of ice cream anywhere in the United States.
Yogurtland: Register for Yogurtland Real Rewards and get an immediate 3 ounces of free yogurt as a welcome bonus, points toward more freebies every time you visit and free yogurt on your birthday.
Want to make your own ice cream at home all summer long? Here is a recent review we did of popular ice cream makers:
How to Choose the Best Ice Cream Maker
While you may come across some wonderful recipes for no-churn ice cream, if you make your own ice cream at home more than a couple of times per year, you want to think about purchasing an ice cream maker. An ice cream maker is designed to make smooth and creamy ice cream in very little time.
There are several features you want to look to help how to choose the best ice cream maker for you.
Electric ice cream makers are extremely convenient and are used by many ice cream lovers. With these ice cream makers, you just push a button and your ice cream is instantly churned and frozen. The newer models on the market can make homemade ice cream in less than 15 minutes.
There are two main types of electric makers: freezer bowl and compressor.
Freezer bowl ice cream makers are the less expensive of the two. These types of makers have a freezer bowl that you remove and put in your freezer before you make the ice cream. Once this bowl has frozen completely, you place the ice cream ingredients into the bowl and place into your ice cream maker. Compressor ice cream makers feature a freezer that is built-in. This makes the process of making ice cream simple and easy.
The least expensive of the ice cream makers can handle making ice cream a few times a year. They may not have the ability to churn the ice cream very long or freeze it very firmly. While they can get the job done, they also don’t take up much space. Some examples of makers in this category include the Yonanas Deluxe Ice Cream Treat Maker (read the 400+ reviews for Yonanas here).
The mid-range ice cream makers are ones that may require some pre-planning since the bowls need to be put in the freezer a day before using. These machines make tasty ice cream but will only do a batch at a time. These makers are great for those make ice cream on a regular basis. Some examples of makers in this category include:
The high-end ice cream makers are on the costly side but have internal compressors. They are ideal for those who make ice cream on a constant basis. These machines do not require pre-freezing and have the ability to churn one batch after another.
Some examples of makers in this category include the Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream & Gelato Maker (read the reviews).
How will you celebrate National Ice Cream Day or are you celebrating all summer long?