Dairy Queen to offer free ice cream cones celebrating ‘end of winter’

Updated March 15, 2016
CHARLOTTE HALL, MD - OCTOBER 10: A Dairy Queen store is shown October 10, 2014 in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Dairy Queen will “proclaim the end of winter” five days before the calendar does with a free ice cream cone offer on Tuesday, March 15.

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The restaurant and ice cream chain will collect donations for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in lieu of charging for the cone, Dairy Queen officials said in a release. Participating Dairy Queen locations will serve each customers one free small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer while supplies last) during regular business hours on Tuesday.

“Last year’s success of Free Cone Day surpassed all expectations and we have our fans to thank for that,” a Dairy Queen spokesman said. “Together we raised $140,000 in one day for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and we averaged serving more than 1,330 cones per store. We are looking to surpass those numbers this year.”

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.