The Scoop on Free Ice Cream

Is there anything better than ice cream on a hot summer day? Well, yes there is—FREE ice cream! And I’ve got the scoop on where you can get free goodies like ice cream on your birthday and other times, too.

A close up of food, with Ice cream

Most of these stores and restaurants will require you to join a club or sign up for e-alerts. So do this: Create a free email account at Yahoo or Gmail exclusively for these kinds of special offers and freebies. That will help keep your regular email inbox free of all the notices and offers that are sure to show up.


When you sign up for for Baskin-Robbins mobile app and sign up for mobile deals, enjoy a free regular scoop of ice cream at participating U.S. locations. Get the app.

Dippin’ Dots

When you join the Forty Below Club, you will get a free cup of Dippin’ Dots ice cream on your birthday.


Once you join the BFF Club you’ll be eligible for a free three-scoop sundae with the purchase of an entree just for enrolling and a special treat on your birthday, too.

Dairy Queen

Join the Blizzard Fan Club to get a buy-one-get-one-Blizzard-free coupon. Kids also get a free ice cream treat with a kids’ meal.


TCBY offers free frozen yogurt to moms and dads on their special days. It also offers a loyalty card you can use to earn points with each purchase. Once you get 30 points, you earn $3 of store credit.


Kids get a free scoop of frozen custard with a kids’ meal at this restaurant chain with more than 450 locations in 19 states. If you are signed up for the Culver’s eClub, you receive a free one-scoop sundae on your birthday, too. 

Cold Stone Creamery

 You can sign up for the eClub to get two ice cream creations for the price of one and a coupon on your birthday for a buy-one-ice-cream-creation, get one free.


Join Fudgie Fanatics to get a coupon for buy-one-get-one-free ice cream treats.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

 This ice cream franchise with 220 locations in 18 states offers free mini ice cream cones to children shorter than 40 inches.

Del Taco

 Join Del Taco’s Raving Fan eClub to receive a free premium shake on your birthday, plus two free Grilled Chicken Tacos, just for signing up.


Sign up for Chili’s email list and get a free menu item like an order of chips and salsa or guacamole or queso just for joining, plus a free appetizer or dessert on your birthday.

Buca di Beppo

Register for Buca’s eClub updates and receive a free brownie on your birthday and a free dessert on your anniversary.

Black Angus Steakhouse

Join their Prime Club and receive a free dessert just for joining plus a free steak dinner (with purchase of a second entrée) on your first birthday as a member.

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  1. Honeywest says:

    Mary, since you ended the column with freebies other than ice cream, I’ll add one of my favorites: Shula’s restaurants. When you sign up by email they send you a coupon which used during your birthday month gets you a free scrumptious steak!


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