Last month, Ben & Jerry’s celebrated Free Cone Day, and Dairy Queen observed the non-holiday a month before that. Now it’s the turn of competitor Häagen-Dazs to do the same. Well, only at its shops in the United States, and only a kiddie-size cone, but a tiny free cone is better than no cone at all. The festivities will be from 4-8 PM today in your local time zone, provided that the company has a location near you.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day Coming April 8, 2014

If you’re in the mood for free ice cream and long lines, mark your calendar: free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s is coming in less than a month. Mark your calendars for April 8. All of the snow might even have melted near company headquarters in Vermont by then. [Ben & Jerry’s]

Cold Stone Treats Only 'Free' If You Make A Mandatory Donation

Cold Stone Treats Only 'Free' If You Make A Mandatory Donation

There’s an annual event at Cold Stone Creamery outlets called the World’s Largest Ice Cream Social. Part of the chain’s September fund-raising drive for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, it’s billed as an event offering free ice cream during a three-hour period on a certain day. Melissa had put this on her calendar weeks in advance, because she’s on a budget, and hey: free ice cream! But she arrived at the mall to find employees posted at the Cold Stone door, not allowing anyone in unless they made a donation first. That’s not free, that’s a cover charge. Isn’t it? [More]