If you’re not familiar with Free Cone Day, your mind is about to be blown. Every Dairy Queen customer gets one free vanilla soft-serve cone to help usher in warmer weather.
“We like to think of Free Cone Day as the beginning of our favorite season—treat season! As we welcome the first day of spring, we invite all fans to stop by a DQ restaurant, get their free cone and make great memories with friends and family,” says Maria Hokanson, executive vice president of marketing at ADQ.
What’s the catch? Well, there isn’t one. The first day of spring has been dubbed Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen since 2014—minus its cancellation in 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns—making this the ninth year of the tradition.
Free Cone Day is March 20, 2023. The fast-food chain we all know and love will be handing out free vanilla soft serve! Keep in mind that only participating locations will be handing out those curly-headed cones. If you’re concerned about finding this freebie, it’s worth it to give your local DQ a call or check DairyQueen.com or the DQ mobile app. The promotion doesn’t include mall locations, so you’ll have to head to a stand-alone store.
If you miss out on Free Cone Day, don’t sweat it. DQ has offers running throughout the year, and we’re definitely expecting some delicious discounts in the summer. Until then, if you want a dose of good old-fashioned nostalgia, swing by DQ for a Jack and Jill Sundae—we promise it’s worth it.
Copycat Dairy Queen Recipes That Taste as Good as the Real Deal
Two mouthwatering burger patties stacked high with toppings like melted cheese, pickles, ketchup and mustard. Our smash burger recipe is just like DQ’s Original Signature Stackburger—and maybe even better.
These rich chocolate peanut butter shakes will make you feel as if you’re sitting in your local Dairy Queen. But since you’re the one whipping it up, you can add as many Reese’s cups as you heart desires!
You don’t have to be a baker to make this ice cream cake for your next celebration! This ice cream cake recipe is inspired by the DQ classic—made with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, chocolate ganache and a thick layer of chocolate cookie crumbles. Get Our Ice Cream Cake Recipe
The very thought of a hot dog dressed in chili makes us giddy. Just add slightly melted cheese to get that straight-from-the-drive-thru taste.
Serve up this classic Dairy Queen staple at home! We promise it’s not as intimidating as it looks. Top scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream with sauce, whipped cream, strawberry slices and bananas. Sprinkle a few nuts on top for good measure, too.
Our hot fudge sauce always turns out smooth and yummy—just like DQ’s. The dark chocolate flavor, with a hint of rum extract, is not overly sweet but will still satisfy a chocoholic’s cravings when served over vanilla ice cream.