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Free pancakes at IHOP in celebration of National Pancake Day

Ted Ballantine

IHOP has run the promotion for 8 years

IHOP is giving away free pancakes all day Tuesday, Feb. 5

Once again, National Pancake Day is here–and once again, IHOP is celebrating by giving away free pancakes all day on Tuesday, Feburary 5. 

For the eighth year in a row, the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is giving away free pancakes to any customer that comes in between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.. Although the meal is free, customers are encouraged to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network, which raises money for children’s hospitals across the country. 

IHOP’s goal is to donate $3 million by the end of the day, and there’s no reason to think they won’t reach their goal– the guise of free pancakes has worked well in the past. IHOP’s free pancake promotion has raised $10 million dollars in the past. 

IHOP is owned by DIneEquity, which is also the parent company of Applebee’s. More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will be giving away free pancakes, although there is a bit of fine print: customers can get one short stack of pancakes per person free of charge. The offer, of course, can’t be combined with any other coupons or promotions. 

National Pancake Day isn’t entirely made up, according to IHOP. The restaurant says that the tradition of making pancakes on Feb. 5 is hundreds of years old, and comes from the tradition of making pancakes to use all the dairy products that are forbidden during Lent. 

Mallory Hagan, otherwise known as Miss America 2013, will be flipping pancakes during the promotion at a Hollywood location.

Check out the promotion details at this link:


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