Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream cones for one day — here's how to get one

Ben & Jerry’sThe brand is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its unofficial holiday.
  • On Tuesday, April 9, Ben & Jerry’s will give away free ice cream to customers in honour of Free Cone Day.
  • Ben & Jerry’s enthusiasts across the world can visit their local shop from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. to get a scoop of their favourite flavour for free.
  • The brand is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its unofficial holiday, which began as a way to thank loyal customers at their sole location in Burlington, Vermont, back in 1979.
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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is back.

As has become an annual tradition, the ice cream mega-brand will once again give out free scoops of ice cream to celebrate the unofficial holiday.

This year, Ben & Jerry’s enthusiasts across the nation can visit their local shop from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, to get a cone of their choice for free.

Free Cone DayBen & Jerry’sFree Cone Day is Tuesday, April 9.

Ben & Jerry’s first kicked off Free Cone Day in 1979 to thank loyal customers for supporting the creamery through its first year in business. At the time, Ben & Jerry’s was just a single store based out of a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, but 40 years and 577 shops across 38 countries later, the tradition has become an unofficial holiday for ice cream lovers around the world.

This year, those participating in Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day will have plenty of options to choose from. While classic flavours and favourites like “Chunky Monkey,” “Phish Food,” “Cherry Garcia,” and “Half Baked” will be available as always, the brand has also added some new ice cream flavours and treats to its scoop shops since last year’s Free Cone Day.

Ben & Jerry's coneBen & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s ‘Cherry Garcia’ cone.

“Gimme S’more,” which first rolled out in late April of last year, boasts toasted marshmallow ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls, graham cracker swirls, and fudge flakes. In May 2018, the company released three cookie-dough inspired flavours: “Chip Off the Dough Block,” which includes chocolate chip and chocolate ice creams with chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate chip cookies; “P.B. Dough-ble Chocolate,” featuring dark and milk chocolate ice creams with peanut butter cookie dough and swirls of peanut butter cookie butter; and “Cinn-Dough-rella,” which comprises cinnamon and caramel ice creams with cinnamon bun dough, shortbread cookies, and oatmeal cinnamon cookie swirls.

More recent additions include “Sweet Like Sugar,” which boasts sweet cream and cherry ice cream bases with a hint of almond flavour, shortbread cookies, and a sugar-cookie dough core, and “Wake & No Bake,” which includes a combination of vanilla and peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter cookies, fudge chips, and a no-bake cookie dough core.

Doughlicious ben & jerry'sBen & Jerry’sOne of Ben & Jerry’s ‘dough-licious’ ice cream flavours.

Additionally, Ben & Jerry’s now offers its famous “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” flavour in dairy, non-dairy, and vegan options, so there’s something for everyone. You can find your nearest participating Scoop Shop here.

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