Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day 2014: Your Game Plan for Frozen Deliciousness

ben & jerry's free cone day 2014Think today is going to be just another ordinary Tuesday? Think again, my friends. I have great news for you: April 8 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's scoop shops! Everyone rejoice, for this is the day Ben & Jerry's thanks its fans by handing out free ice cream cones.

But hold on, ice-screamers. Before you run out for your free cone, you'll need the 411 on this important day. And you'll need a strategy -- yes, a strategy. Here's your Free Cone Day Game Plan. Because this is super important, obviously. Hello, FREE ICE CREAM.

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When: Tuesday, April 8, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Participating Ben & Jerry's scoop shops. Sorry, your grocery store is not giving away free pints (alas). And apparently not every single Ben & Jerry's scoop shop is participating, either. Check out their location map to find a scoop shop that is. [UPDATE: Sadly, the location map is currently down, but here's a list of participating Ben & Jerry's locations.]

Strategy:

1. Before you leave, pick out your flavor. No standing in front of the counter, trying to decide. That will not do, not on Free Cone Day. Pick out your top three, just in case some flavors run out. I recommend choosing a flavor served only in the scoop shop, not available in pints. I've listed those Scoop Shop exclusive flavors below.

2. If you can, show up on the early side. I predict stores will get more crowded right after school lets out. And anyway, doesn't a little treat just before you pick up the kids sound sweet? Okay, fine, also a little selfish, but you give up so much as a parent.

3. Grab your cone and go. Well, say thank you, first. But then wait until you are all the way out of the store and far from the mad crowd before taking your first bite. You don't want anyone jostling your elbow and knocking your cone out of your hand.

4. If you're on Instagram, carefully photograph your cone (maybe get a friend to help) and post using the hashtag #FreeConeDay. Remember, if it's not on Instagram, it's like it never happened.

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Here are the flavors sold exclusively at Ben & Jerry's scoop shops. For the full list of flavors, check out their Flavors page.

Candy Bar Pie: Peanut butter ice cream with fudge flakes, chocolate nougat, and sweet and salty pretzel swirls.

Chocolate Peanut Buttery Swirl: Chocolate ice cream with a swirl of peanut butter.

Coconut Seven-Layer Bar: Coconut ice cream with coconut and fudge flakes, walnuts, and swirls of graham cracker and butterscotch.

Mint Chocolate Chunk: Mint ice cream with chunks of chocolate.

White Russian: Coffee ice cream with coffee liqueur.

Berry Berry Extraordinary Sorbet: Swirls of blueberry and raspberry sorbet.

Also: chocolate, coffee, strawberry, cookies and sweet cream, lemon sorbet, mango sorbet, and vanilla fudge chip with Splenda.

There is a cone with your name on it, my friends. Be bold and claim it. Enjoy.

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