Though the weather this week doesn’t really feel like summer, Häagen-Dazs is celebrating the warmer months with free cone day! All locations in New York (and across the country) will give out free ice cream cones from 4 to 8 p.m. today.
By the way, if you choose to fill your free cone with a scoop of the ice cream chain’s new line of gelato, you could be eligible to win a free trip to Italy. Though as Fork in the Road recently reported, just don’t necessarily expect “real gelato.”
So how is the brand’s actual gelato different? Per the company, it’s “creamier and softer in texture than regular ice cream.” Häagen-Dazs also specifically notes that it uses less butterfat in its gelato, à la traditionally made gelato in the Italian style. Exactly how much less butterfat the Häagen-Dazs gelato has than Häagen-Dazs ice cream is unclear, though: According to nutrition labels for both products, it contains two fewer grams of saturated fat and five fewer grams of regular fat per half-cup serving.
But free ice cream is free ice cream, and gelato or not, we shall rejoice!