In celebration of National Ice Cream Day on July 16, McDonald’s USA is celebrating its iconic vanilla soft serve – made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives – by treating fans in two ways: at participating restaurants nationwide, free vanilla cones will be offered all day long through the McDonald’s app and one lucky guest will have the chance to win free soft serve for life.
Last summer in Las Vegas, over 720,000 ice cream cones were enjoyed by customers. Customers also cooled off with more than 355,000 McFlurries and sipped more than 270,000 shakes.
“Summer in Nevada begs for ice cream, says Kristi Spence, Senior Vice President at the Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada.” It is the perfect treat to bring families and friends together to celebrate, and when you enjoy a delicious summer dessert from McDonald’s you can not only love every bite, but you are also supporting local dairy farmers and their families with your purchase.”
Guests wishing to enjoy a free Vanilla Cone on Sunday need only download the McDonald’s mobile app and redeem the Free Vanilla Cone offer on July 16 to enjoy this delicious cold treat. One guest — and one guest only — will receive a special “Golden Arches Cone,” an exclusive, limited edition cone that entitles the winner to McDonald’s soft serve for life. For a chance to win the Golden Arches Cone, soft serve enthusiasts must redeem the Free Vanilla Cone offer in the mobile app on July 16 between 2pm and 5pm local time*.
In May of this year, McDonald’s unveiled a sweet surprise – that its soft serve is made with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. McDonald’s started the switch in Fall of 2016 but announced it once nearly all of its 14,000+ restaurants nationwide were offering the new treat. This joined other changes McDonald’s has made, such as removing artificial preservatives from McNuggets, committing to cage-free eggs by 2025 in the U.S. and Canada, and only serving chicken made from chickens not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine**.
McDonald’s soft serve impacts 60 percent of the desserts served by McDonald’s, including McCafé Shakes and McFlurry desserts. In addition, all three shake flavors (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla) have no high fructose corn syrup and contain whipped topping made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
Over the past two years, McDonald’s has made a series of changes to its menu, including the launch of All Day Breakfast, the removal of artificial preservatives from Chicken McNuggets, the debut of a new premium salad blend, and the use of real butter on English Muffins, bagels and biscuits.
* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Golden Arches Cone Game is open only to residents of the 50 US/DC who are 13+. Subject to Official Rules at playatmcd.com. For this Game, participating restaurants do not include any McDonald’s in a Walmart store, contained in or as part of a retail gasoline or fuel station, in a food court or in or at any of the following sites: a casino, amusement park, hospital, transportation terminal (airport, subway or rail), toll road stop, school, public park, stadium/sports complex, zoo, museum, or in any building that includes a grouping of food outlets and/or shops or a festival. Void where prohibited. One Prize: McDonald’s soft serve cones for “life” awarded as a $312 McDonald’s Arch Card and a check for $4,680. Sponsored by McDonald’s USA, LLC.
** Farmers still use ionophores, a class of antibiotics that are not prescribed to people, to help keep chickens healthy.