Where to get National Ice Cream Day deals

We’d like to think that EVERY day — particularly in the summertime — is ice cream day, but in fact, Sunday is the officially designated National Ice Cream Day. And appropriately enough, it falls smack dab in the middle of National Ice Cream Month. How’s that for just desserts?

We’ve gotten a heads-up or two from ice cream producers and retail shops about how they’re celebrating with new releases and special deals. And that, we think you’ll agree, is news worth sharing.

Dairy Queen, for example, is marking the special day Sunday by debuting the new M&M Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Blizzard Treat, which its marketing folks describe as “a sweet and crunchy blend of M&M candies, smooth peanut butter, choco chunks and peanut butter cookie pieces hand-crafted together with creamy DQ signature vanilla soft-serve.” We’re not sure about the hand-crafted part, but otherwise, that sounds pretty tasty.

Then there’s a company called Unilever Ice Cream — which includes brands such as Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike, MAGNUM Ice Cream and the iconic Popsicle — which launched 17 new varieties across their ice cream portfolio this year. The company even dipped into the magic well of nostalgia to produce “new” varieties such as Good Humor Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich, Klondike S’mores and Breyers Ice Cream Cake.

And Fronana at 27 W. First St. in downtown Dayton will host its Birthday Bash Block Party at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

“We’ll be taking over the whole block between Ludlow and Main Streets with live music, games, and lots of monkeyin’ around!” the fine folks at Fronana said on their Facebook events page.

Also, the folks at Speed Zone Carryout at 1983 Bellbrook Ave. in Xenia are offering 50 cents off all soft-serve ice cream cones during the month of July. And the shop has 18 flavors to choose from.

Cincinnati-based Graeter’s Ice Cream is celebrating National Ice Cream Month with calendar full of events. On July 17, customers can celebrate the company’s 146th birthday with lowered prices — cones at its retail stores will sell for $1.46 each. Graeter’s operates ice cream shops in Beavercreek, Centerville, Oakwood, West Chester and Oxford.

We reached out to the local operator of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop on Brown Street near the University of Dayton campus. “While we certainly are very enthusiastic about National Ice Cream Day, Ben & Jerry’s does not have any specific celebrations or specials that day,” Adam Wilcutt said. “It is always a fun day each year!”

We’ll happily wait until April, when Ben & Jerry’s serves up its annual Free Cone Day offer.

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