There are many days to celebrate the sweet circumference of the cookie.
Wednesday is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, a made-up food holiday that happens again Aug. 4.
The cookie catchall day is Dec. 4, which is National Cookie Day and a bigger discount day than Wednesday.
According to Ranker.com, a crowdsourced rankings website, the top five “most delicious desserts” are: ice cream, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cake and chocolate.
While there are few specials Wednesday, we’re filling your appetite for fresh freebies and deals with ongoing sign-up offers.
May 15 also is White Castle’s National Slider Day.
Get a free slider and small Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage with a coupon posted at www.whitecastle.com. Also through the end of May, buy two boxes of any four or six count sliders in stores and get $1 cashback with the Checkout51 app.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Day deals
Einstein Bros. Bagels: If you’re part of the Shmear Society, get a free cookie with any purchase and a coupon in your email or loaded to your rewards account. Sign up for future offers at www.einsteinbros.com/shmear-society-rewards.
Fresh Market: On Wednesday, 18-count Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies are $1.99.
Nestlé Toll House Café: All locations are giving away free chocolate chip cookies all-day Wednesday. In-store only, while supplies last. Limit one per guest.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Get a free oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with any purchase Wednesday.
Wendy’s: For a limited time, the fast-food chain has a new Frosty Cookie Sundae with vanilla Frosty, chocolate chunk cookie and Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce for $1.99. Price and participation may vary. Also small Frosty treats are 50 cents.
Sweet sign-up offers
The following sign-up offers are not just cookie-related deals but joining a rewards program or signing up for an email list has sweet perks. Be aware that sometimes the sign-up offer can take a couple hours to days to arrive in your inbox.
Baskin-Robbins: Download the app for a free scoop of ice cream. In October, small Cappuccino Blasts are $2.99.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: New members of the chain’s rewards program also get a coupon for a free Pizookie for signing up www.bjsrestaurants.com.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream: New Sweet Rewards loyalty club members get a $3 reward to use toward ice cream purchases at participating shops. Sign up at www.brusterssweetrewards.com or download the app.
Captain D’s: Join the chain’s VIP Rewards Program and receive a free dessert. Sign up at www.captainds.com/d-club-and-deals.
Carvel: Join the Fudgie Fanatics email club for savings.
Cinnabon: Sign up for Club Cinnabon and get a coupon for a free Minibon.
Coco’s Bakery: Join the West Coast chain’s eClub for a free slice of pie.
Cold Stone Creamery: Join My Cold Stone Club Rewards and get a buy one, get one free Creation coupon loaded to your account.
Corner Bakery Café: Get a free dessert for signing up for the eClub at www.cornerbakerycafe.com/eclub.
CREAM: Join CREAM Rewards at www.creamnation.com/rewards for savings. The chain’s name stands for Cookies Rule Everything Around Me.
Culver’s: Create a MyCulver’s account and get a free scoop.
Dairy Queen: Find deals including buy-one-get-one free offers in the chain’s mobile app to use at participating locations. Limit one offer per person per visit.
Dippin’ Dots: Join the Dot Crazy! Email Club for coupons and promotions.
Great American Cookies: Download the Great American Cookies Rewards App and make a $3 or more purchase and get a $5 reward.
Häagen-Dazs: With the new Sweet Rewards program, earn a free cone following your first purchase after downloading the app and joining the loyalty program. Learn more and download the app at www.haagendazs.us/shops/loyalty.
Ikea: Join Ikea Family and get a free coffee or hot tea when you visit the Swedish retailer’s U.S. locations. Also get price protection and other perks.
Jack in the Box: Sign up for offers at www.jackinthebox.com/offers.
Krispy Kreme: Join the chain’s reward program and get a free doughnut of your choice.
Marble Slab Creamery: Get free ice cream at Marble Slab or MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream for downloading the Slab Happy Rewards app.
McDonald’s: The fast-food chain’s app has ongoing coupons. Download the app at www.mcdonalds.com.
Mimi’s Cafe: Get a free, classic two pack of Mimi’s muffins or croissants when you join the e-Club. Sign up at www.mimiscafe.com/eclub.
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, plus a treat for signing up. Sign up at www.panerabread.com.
PDQ: Join the chain’s Fan Club for coupons and a birthday freebie at www.eatpdq.com.
Pizza Inn: Choose a free medium Chocolate Chip Pizzert or pepperoni twists when you sign up for the rewards program.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Download the Potbelly Perks app and get a free cookie.
Rita’s Ice: Join Rita’s Rewards at www.ritasice.com/ritas-rewards and the birthday club at www.ritasice.com/connect/birthday-club.
Scooter’s Coffee: Download the mobile app at www.scooterscoffee.com/mobileapp to start earning rewards.
Shake Shack: Sign up for exclusive offers at www.shakeshack.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.
TCBY: Download the TCBY app at www.tcby.com/loyalty to start earning rewards.
TGI Fridays: Join the rewards program and choose a free appetizer or dessert.
TooJay’s: Get a free dessert for joining the Delicious Rewards program at www.toojays.com/delicious-rewards.
Village Inn: Join the eClub for a free slice of pie.
Wendy’s: Get special offers with the chain’s smartphone app.
Yogurtland: Get three ounces of frozen yogurt for free for registering for Yogurtland Real Rewards.
More rewards: Many smaller chains and local restaurants also have loyalty programs.
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