How You Can Get Free Food From These Popular Chain Restaurants

Want to know how to get free food from some of the most popular chain restaurants across the United States? From free breakfast at IHOP (page 5) to free Dunkin’ Donuts (page 13), we share the details on how to score free food from your favorite fast food joints, coffee shops, and chain restaurants, ahead.

1. Ben & Jerry’s

Customers buy ice cream in Ben & Jerry's ice cream store

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As one of the original adopters of free food days, Ben & Jerry’s has been celebrating Free Cone Day since 1979. The ice cream holiday usually takes place in spring and exists to raise awareness on causes like humanely raise animal products and the support of small farmers.

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2. Chick-fil-A

The sign of a Chick-fil-A

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Every July, Chick-fil-A celebrations Cow Appreciation Day by offering a free Chick-fil-A meal to any customer that dresses like a cow.

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3. Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme doughnuts

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National Donut Day usually falls on the first Friday in June and is celebrated with a host of deals at doughnut chains like Krispy Kreme. On National Doughnut Day, the popular doughnut chain offers free doughnuts for the entire family.

Krispy Kreme apparently has a lot of doughnuts to spare. The doughnut chain also offers free doughnuts on Halloween and to anyone who dresses or talks like a pirate on National Talk Like a Pirate Day (say what?!).

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4. Arby’s

Arby's restaurant

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Every Tax Day, Arby’s tries to lessen the burden of paying taxes by offering its customers a free order of curly fries.

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IHOP International House of Pancakes

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Every February, IHOP celebrates its made up International Pancake Day. As a party favor, customers can order a free short stack from any location.

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6. Wetzel’s Pretzels

Wetzel’s Pretzels also has its own holiday. Every April the pretzel mogul celebrates National Wetzel Day by offering a free original pretzel to customers.

National Wetzel Day conveniently coincides with National Pretzel Day. In addition to Wetzel’s Pretzels, Philly Pretzel Factory also gives out free pretzels and Auntie Anne’s offers a free pretzel code for its app users.

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7. 7-Eleven

A sign hangs outside of a 7-Eleven store

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Perhaps one of the most well-known free food days is July 11 — aka 7/11 and free Slurpee day! Stop by any 7-Eleven on July 11 (between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.), and receive a free Slurpee.

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8. Cinnabon

Cinnamon roll from Cinnabon bakery

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Similar to Arby’s, Cinnabon also tries to make its customers feel better about Tax Day by offering free Cinnabon Bites.

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9. Starbucks

starbucks iced coffee

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While Starbucks doesn’t exactly give out free drinks, they do offer buy one get one free deals from time to time. Case in point: You can buy one get one free for you and your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.

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10. A&W

Refreshing Root Beer Float

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In honor of National Root Beer Float Day — which usually occurs on or around August 6th — A&W serves customers free floats from 2:00 p.m. until close.

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11. Waffle House

Waffle House

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Every August, waffle lovers unite with National Waffle Day (they really have a holiday for everything, right?). Waffle House locations capitalize on this made up holiday by serving one free waffle to its customers.

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12. Wawa

wawa coffee

Wawa Coffee | Wawa via Facebook

Every April chain restaurant and convenience store, Wawa celebrates Wawa Day. The “holiday” usually happens in mid-April and consists of free coffee for everyone.

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13. Dunkin’ Donuts

A Dunkin' Donuts coffee and doughnut

Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and doughnut | New_Folder/iStock/Getty Images

Like Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts also celebrates National Doughnut Day on the first Friday in June. Only, they’re a little more stingy and offer a free doughnut with every drink purchase.

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14. Boston Market

Boston Market

Boston Market | Ildar Sagdejev/Wikimedia Commons

Boston Market offers free food, too! Every Valentine’s Day, the chain restaurant offers a free dessert with a purchase of any main course.

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15. Rita’s Italian Ice

Rita's Italian Ice

Rita’s Italian Ice | Rita’s Italian Ice via Twitter

Want to score a free ice from Rita’s Italian Ice? Stop by any location on the first day of spring and receive a free cherry-flavored ice.

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