Where to get sweet deals Sunday


If you have a sweet tooth, Sunday is your day.

Oct. 14 is National Dessert Day, which makes for the perfect excuse to look for sweet savings on high-calorie sugary treats.

According to Ranker.com, a crowdsourcing rankings website, the top five “most delicious desserts” are: ice cream, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cake and chocolate. 

The website also ranked the best fast-food desserts. Dairy Queen’s Blizzard was the fan favorite, followed by Wendy’s Frosty and McDonald’s McFlurry.

But unlike recent made-up “holidays” like National Cheeseburger Day and National Coffee Day, there are not a lot of deals specific for Sunday.

Luckily, you can get free desserts throughout the year when you join many restaurant rewards programs.

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The deals

Here are the best deals and ongoing specials, available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.

Baskin-Robbins: Download the app for a free scoop of ice cream. In October, small Cappuccino Blasts are $2.99.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Through Halloween, the chain’s Pizookie dessert will be $3 each, which is more than half off the regular price. No minimum purchase is required. New members of the chain’s rewards program also get a coupon for a free Pizookie for signing up www.bjsrestaurants.com. 

Carvel: Join the Fudgie Fanatics email club for savings.

Cinnabon: Sign up for Club Cinnabon and get a coupon for a free Minibon. 

Cold Stone Creamery: Join My Cold Stone Club Rewards and get a buy one, get one free Creation coupon loaded to your account.

Culver’s: Create a MyCulver’s account and get a free scoop.

Dairy Queen: Through Sunday, with an offer in the chain’s mobile app get buy-one-get-one free sundaes. Find other deals in the app and for a limited time, download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account and get a free small Blizzard treat at participating locations. Limit one offer per person per visit.

Godiva: Get 15 percent off Patisserie Dessert Truffle Flights online or at participating boutique locations. 

Krispy Kreme: Join the chain’s reward program and get a free doughnut of your choice.

McDonald’s: The fast-food chain’s app has ongoing coupons. Download the app at www.mcdonalds.com.

Olive Garden: Get a free appetizer or dessert with purchase of two entree and a coupon you’ll get for signing up for emails.

Panera Bread: Earn rewards for your purchases and get a birthday freebie with the MyPanera loyalty program. Sign up at www.panerabread.com.

 

Sonic Drive-In: Find deals at www.sonicdrivein.com/deals and download the Sonic app for a free slush or drink at www.sonicdrivein.com/app. Also with the app, get drinks and slushes for half price when you order ahead.

Starbucks: Earn free drinks with the Starbucks Rewards program and get perks including free in-store refills and a birthday freebie. Learn more and register at www.starbucks.com.

Steak ‘n Shake: Find savings, learn more about half-price happy hour and join the rewards program at www.steaknshake.com.

sweetFrog: Join the chain’s loyalty program at www.sweetfrog.com/loyalty for discounts.

TGI Fridays: Join the rewards program and choose a free appetizer or dessert.

TooJay’s: Get slices of cake for half-price with any purchase Sunday for dine-in and take-out orders.

Wendy’s: Get special offers with the chain’s smartphone app. 

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Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista, follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at kelly.tyko@tcpalm.com. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/newsletters. 



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