Free Pancakes Today at IHOP, and More Freebies (Pretzels, Ice Cream) Coming Soon

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Tuesday, Feb. 28, is Free Pancake Day at IHOP, when each customer is welcome to a short stack of buttermilk pancakes on the house.

On Free Pancake Day, guests are asked to make a donation in lieu of paying IHOP for their short stack. It’s an annual event that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.

IHOP has raised nearly $8 million for charities since it first started hosting Free Pancake Day, and this year the restaurant chain is hoping to collect $2.7 million with the help of its customers.

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Also coming soon on the freebie front:

Auntie Anne’s Free Pretzel Day: On Saturday, March 3, customers at Auntie Anne’s locations are welcome to a free pretzel — either original or sugar cinnamon — from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day: Tune in to find out which day the ice cream makers will choose for their annual Free Cone Day event. It’s usually held near the end of March, but the date for the 2012 Cone Day has yet to be announced.

Brad Tuttle is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @bradrtuttle. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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