Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is just around the corner

This marks the company's 40th year of dishing out complimentary scoops.

Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
Ben & Jerry's ice cream. –Ben & Jerry's

Get your ice-cream-cone-holding hand ready, because Free Cone Day is this week.

Ben & Jerry’s shops will scoop out their chunk- and swirl-filled creations for a whopping $0.00 on Tuesday, April 9, between noon and 8 p.m.

2019 marks the 40th year that the Vermont-based ice cream makers have offered a Free Cone Day, which began in 1979 at the original Burlington, Vermont location. Free Cone Day expanded outside of Vermont  in 1974, grew beyond the U.S. with the addition of Canada in 1993, and became “truly global,” according to the company, in 2000.

Ben & Jerry’s offers more than 30 flavors of traditional ice cream, frozen yogurt, “Moo-phoria” light ice cream, non-dairy ice cream, and sorbet in store, so start thinking about what you’ll pick now. If you’re really in a pickle, the company has created a quiz to help ease the decision-making process.


All four Boston-area scoop shops — in Harvard Square, on Newbury Street, in the Prudential Center, and in Seaport Square — will participate in churning out free treats. Information on locations outside of of the area can be found on the Ben & Jerry’s website.