Are you looking for the cheapest place to buy ice cream? If you want to treat your family to ice cream without breaking the budget, check out this list of the best cheap ice cream offers.
Recently an announcement from McDonald’s made the rounds on Facebook. It stated that McDonald’s ice cream cones would be just $1 all summer long. Wait, what?! Aren’t they already just $1 (they are here in Columbus). So it got me thinking about where to get cheap ice cream near me.
So if you are looking for a sweet summer treat or a way to reward your kiddo without breaking the budget, I have come up with this list of the cheapest places to buy ice cream cones. Most of these are fast food ice cream offers, but there are a couple of surprises included too.
The Best Cheap Ice Cream Offers
McDonald’s $1 Ice Cream Cone
As I mentioned above, I have always thought McDonald’s Ice Cream cones are the perfect frugal treat at just $1- at least that’s the price here in Cbus. I have heard of prices as high as $1.79 in NY, $1.29 in TX and $1.19 in FL. So make use of their special summer $1 offer, or hopefully (fingers crossed) you get this treat for a buck all year long.
Chick-fil-A Ice Dream Cup
You all by now should know of my love for Chick-fil-A and one more reason to love CFA is for their desserts, especially their sweet treat- Ice Dream.
For just $0.95 you can get a kid’s size Ice Dream treat in a cup (pictured above) or a cone. They will even add sprinkles, and don’t ask your age! While there is no longer a kid’s size Ice Dream, you can still get a small ICe Dream cup for just $1.25 (or Ice Dream cone for $1.45. Prices may vary by location) And don’t forget- if your kiddo got a Kids Meal, trade in the toy for a FREE Ice Dream. That’s just one of the tips in my ways to save at Chick-fil-A post.
$1 IKEA Ice Cream Cones
When you are all done “browsing” the maze that is IKEA, you may have worked up an appetite. So of course, they have a food counter all ready for you right at the checkout. And guess what? The $1 IKEA ice cream cones might just be the best buy in the store!
Burger King Sweet Menu
I’ll admit, I have not eaten at a Burger King in… I can’t remember how long. BUT, after I checked their app and saw the prices on the sweets- I might be swinging by very soon.
$0.79 for vanilla soft cone/cup makes it the cheapest ice cream on the list. Well, inflation since I first wrote this post has raised the Burger King price… but not too much. Currently (July 2021) in Cbus you can get a Burger King Soft Serve Cone for $1. Check your app for area pricing.
Wendy’s Frosty Key Tag
Every year (usually around Christmas) I pick up the Wendy’s Frosty Key Tag. For just $2, these tags will get you a Free Jr. Frosty all year long. These are perfect to use as name tags on gifts or as an incentive reward. You can also watch for the Wendy’s Frosty Coupon Books (usually in the Fall) to save on this classic treat. (To dip your fries or not to dip?)
Columbus Cream & Sugar
Tucked in the Hilltop of Columbus is a little gem called Cream & Sugar Ice Cream shop. Not only do they sell hand-dipped ice cream and coffee, but they have a $1 kids cone too. And when it comes to soft-serve ice cream, my kids say this is the best!
Just a reminder! As the McDonald’s summer offer reminds us- these prices can vary depending on where you are located in the US. These are the prices I could find for the Columbus area. I would check the restaurant app or call or your store to double-check on pricing.
Where’s your fave cheap ice cream stop?
Also, don’t forget National Ice Cream Day Deals. On the third Sunday in July you will find many Ice Cream shops offering specials. So you can get one of your fave not-so-cheap ice cream treats for a little less.