We all scream for ice cream! National Ice Cream Day is July 18 and Instacart decided to research the most popular flavors in the nation.
Americans had quite the range of flavor preferences! Using purchase data, Instacart determined a top flavor for each state. The results? Moose Tracks, which features fudge, peanut butter cups and vanilla ice cream, took home the most popular flavor, coming out on top in 12 states. In a tight race for second place, Rocky Road, Green Tea, Coffee and Birthday Cake finished in a four-way tie.
When is national free ice cream day?
July 18 is National Ice Cream Day and businesses across the nation are celebrating with freebies, discounts and contests. The day became official 35 years ago when President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and the month of July as National Ice Cream Month.
Where to Get Free Ice Cream (and Other Treats) on National Ice Cream Day?
Monkey Joe’s: The chain of children’s play spaces with locations in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin is giving out free ice cream cones on July 18. More specifically, each child will receive one free ice cream per paid admission, while supplies last.
Carvel: The chain known for its soft-serve ice cream recently unveiled its new churro flavored ice cream. Carvel is celebrating its new treat by offering customers who purchase a new churro product on July 18 a card with one of many surprise offers that can be redeemed throughout the summer. These offers include buy one, get one free sundae, buy one, get one free cup or cone, a free junior cone with any $5 (or more) purchase, and more.
DoorDash: The food delivery app is giving users an opportunity to snag free ice cream for several days. From July 15 through 18, customers can get a free pint of ice cream (or a similar ice cream item) included with orders of $20 or more. To get your freebie, simply open the DoorDash app and select DashMart or your local convenience store. Then, pick the ice cream item you want, add it to your cart, and use promo code ICECREAM at checkout. Viola!
Edy’s/Dryer’s: The big names in ice cream recently launched an entire Rocky Road collection, which customers can get for free from July 12 through July 16. Just visit the Dreyer’s Instagram account, follow its instructions and share your “perfect match” from the Rocky Road collection for the chance to try that flavor for free. No purchase necessary.
Insomnia Cookies: The company known for its fresh-baked cookies is celebrating National Ice Cream Day from July 12 through 18 by offering a free scoop of ice cream with any purchase. There’s no minimum purchase required, but you do need to use the code ICECREAMDAY in-store or online for delivery in order to earn your scoop.
Your Pie: The nation’s first fast-casual pizza franchise is offering guests a free gelato on July 18. Customers who use the Your Pie app will receive a one-day redeemable offer for one free scoop of gelato valid on National Ice Cream Day. There’s no purchase necessary.
NadaMoo!: The dairy-free ice cream brand is giving two NadaFam members the chance to win a free year of its popular ice cream. For details on how you can score free dessert for a year, click here.
7-Eleven: Though it’s not technically ice cream, the convenience store chain is celebrating its birthday for the entire month of July by dropping a free small Slurpee into every 7Rewards account this month. Customers can sign up any time before July 31 to be gifted a free Slurpee that’s redeemable throughout the month.
Baskin-Robbins: The popular ice cream chain is offering free ice cream-scented Kinetic Sand with any purchase of $10 or more only on National Ice Cream Day, while supplies last. The Kinetic Sand is available in Chocolate Mint or Strawberry Banana scents.
Additionally, customers who place delivery orders can receive $5 off orders of $20 or more from July 18 through July 24 when ordering Baskin-Robbins using Uber Eats, DoorDash and Postmates.
Friendly’s: For free ice cream, simply join the Friendly’s Sweet Rewards Club to snag a medium sundae free of charge.
What’s more? Since Friendly’s Founder’s Day happens to fall on July 18, customers can get a free medium Fribble through July 31. While there’s no purchase necessary, the freebie is only for members of Sweet Rewards club. However, new members who sign up before July 18 will still be able to get their hands on the free Fribble.
What Is the most popular flavor?
The most popular flavor in a dozen states is moose tracks. The original version uses a base of vanilla ice cream and mixes in peanut butter cups and fudge. The ice cream flavor was invented in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and in other parts of the country it sells as bear tracks, elk tracks, or any other large animal’s tracks (but just enjoy the cool treat and don’t think too hard about what the name might imply).
Ready for the full list? Here it is!
- Alabama – Moose Tracks
- Alaska – Green Tea
- Arizona – Rocky Road
- Arkansas – Rainbow Sherbet
- California – Rocky Road
- Colorado – Green Tea
- Connecticut – Pistachio
- Delaware – Cherry
- Florida – Rum Raisin
- Georgia – Rum Raisin
- Hawaii – Mango
- Idaho – Green Tea
- Illinois – Moose Tracks
- Indiana – Moose Tracks
- Iowa – Moose Tracks
- Kansas – Rainbow Sherbet
- Kentucky – Chocolate Chip
- Louisiana – Birthday Cake
- Maine – Coffee
- Maryland – Cookie Dough
- Massachusetts – Coffee
- Michigan – Moose Tracks
- Minnesota – Moose Tracks
- Mississippi – Birthday Cake
- Missouri – Cookie Dough
- Montana – Rainbow Sherbet
- Nebraska – Moose Tracks
- Nevada – Rocky Road
- New Hampshire – Coffee
- New Jersey – Pistachio
- New Mexico – Chocolate Chocolate Chip
- New York – Pistachio
- North Carolina – Birthday Cake
- North Dakota – Moose Tracks
- Ohio – Chocolate Chip
- Oklahoma – Cookie Dough
- Oregon – Green Tea
- Pennsylvania – Mint Chip
- Rhode Island – Coffee
- South Carolina – Moose Tracks
- South Dakota – Birthday Cake
- Tennessee – Moose Tracks
- Texas – Rainbow Sherbet
- Utah – Rocky Road
- Vermont – Coffee
- Virginia – Birthday Cake
- Washington – Green Tea
- Washington, D.C. – Mango
- West Virginia – Moose Tracks
- Wisconsin – Moose Tracks
- Wyoming – Rocky Road
Does the ice cream for your state make sense? Let us know in the comments!