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Free Vanilla Soft Serve for All – And a Special Golden Opportunity for One

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On July 16th, National Ice Cream Day, One Lucky Fan Will Win the “Golden Arches Cone” – And Soft Serve for Life

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day on July 16, McDonald’s USA is celebrating its iconic vanilla soft serve – made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives – by treating fans in two ways: at participating restaurants nationwide, free vanilla cones will be offered all day long through the McDonald’s app and one lucky guest will have the chance to win free soft serve for life.

Guests wishing to enjoy a free Vanilla Cone need only download the McDonald’s mobile app and redeem the Free Vanilla Cone offer on July 16 to enjoy this delicious cold treat. One guest — and one guest only — will receive a special “Golden Arches Cone,” an exclusive, limited edition cone that entitles the winner to McDonald’s soft serve for life. For a chance to win the Golden Arches Cone, soft serve enthusiasts must redeem the Free Vanilla Cone offer in the mobile app on July 16 between 2pm and 5pm local time*.

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For a chance to win the lucky Golden Arches cone, soft serve enthusiast must redeem the Free Vanilla Cone offer in the mobile app on July 16th between 2 pm and 5 pm local time.

In May of this year, McDonald’s unveiled a sweet surprise – that its soft serve is made with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. McDonald’s started the switch in Fall of 2016 but announced it once nearly all of its 14,000+ restaurants nationwide were offering the new treat. This joined other changes McDonald’s has made, such as removing artificial preservatives from McNuggets, committing to cage-free eggs by 2025 in the U.S. and Canada, and only serving chicken made from chickens not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine**.

“The positive changes we’ve made to our menu, including our vanilla soft serve, show we are fully committed to continuing to raise the bar at McDonald’s,” said Darci Forrest, senior director of menu innovation at McDonald’s. “We are thanking all our guests with free vanilla soft serve on National Ice Cream Day. And we are excited to see which lucky individual will be handed a special Golden Arches Cone, signifying free soft serve for life!”

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In the spirit of continuing to better serve our customers, our vanilla soft serve is now made with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

McDonald’s soft serve impacts 60 percent of the desserts served by McDonald’s, including McCafé Shakes and McFlurry desserts. In addition, all three shake flavors (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla) have no high fructose corn syrup and contain whipped topping made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Golden Arches Cone Game is open only to residents of the 50 US/DC who are 13+. Subject to Official Rules at playatmcd.com. For this Game, participating restaurants do not include any McDonald’s in a Walmart® store, contained in or as part of a retail gasoline or fuel station, in a food court or in or at any of the following sites: a casino, amusement park, hospital, transportation terminal (airport, subway or rail), toll road stop, school, public park, stadium/sports complex, zoo, museum, or in any building that includes a grouping of food outlets and/or shops or a festival. Void where prohibited. One Prize: McDonald’s soft serve cones for “life” awarded as a $312 McDonald’s® Arch Card® and a check for $4,680. Sponsored by McDonald’s USA, LLC. 

** Farmers still use ionophores, a class of antibiotics that are not prescribed to people, to help keep chickens healthy.

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