Free ice cream cones at Dairy Queen for 75th anniversary

Updated: March 16, 2015
Free ice cream cones at Dairy Queen for 75th anniversary

Dairy Queen will be giving away free ice cream cones on Monday, March 16 (TODAY!) to celebrate their ’75th FANniversary.’

Founded in Joliet, Dairy Queen is now America’s largest ice-cream chain, with 5,900 locations in 49 states and a dozen other countries. Sherb Noble opened the Joliet Dairy Queen on June 22, 1940, at 501 N. Chicago St. Though it hasn’t been a Dairy Queen since the 1950s, the building still stands as a city landmark.

And there might not be a better day this early in the year to offer free ice cream because Monday may offer us the first taste of summer, with temperatures in the 70s in some part of the Chicago area.

Soft-serve ice cream was developed in Illinois by a friend of Noble’s, a gent named John Fremont “Grandpa” McCullough, along with his son Bradley, in 1938. They sold the frozen treat at a store Noble owned in North Dakota, and on the first day sold 1,600 servings. They opened the first Dairy Queen two years later in Joliet.

The company is headquartered today in Edina, MN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. (That Warren Buffett is one smart operator.)

Dairy Queen will be requesting donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.