The pancake chain is offering up free pancakes Feb. 5
Fans of IHOP can get free pancakes Feb. 5 during what the pancake chain restaurant has dubbed National Pancake Day. The chain’s inspiration for its pancake day is Shrove Tuesday, a tradition in which the English prepared for fasting during Lent by using up their remaining supplies of eggs, milk, and butter to whip up pancakes the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
IHOP’s eighth annual National Pancake Day, which falls on the Tuesday before Shrove Tuesday, is a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.
Diners visiting the more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants in the U.S. from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. will be served a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. While there, guests can make a contribution to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,
"Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need," said Julia Stewart, interim president of IHOP and CEO of its parent company DineEquity, Inc.
The pancake chain will flip nearly 4 million pancakes during its largest annual philanthropic event, which has raised more than $10 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.
Lauren Mack is the Special Projects Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.
IHOP Free Pancake Day Event 2021
Every year IHOP gives away free pancakes around National Pancake Day to celebrate the day. The pancakes are completely free with no purchase required, although a donation to Children's Miracle Network is encouraged.
It's expected that a record-breaking amount of five million pancakes will be served in IHOPs around the country on this single day.
All IHOPS in the United States will be participating as well as IHOP restaurants in Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines.
IHOP Will Celebrate 2019 Free Pancake Day On March 12
IHOP restaurants began National Pancake Day in 2006. Since then, the company has raised nearly $30 million for children’s charities.
It’s that time of year again. On March 12, IHOP will celebrate its annual IHOP Free Pancake Day, so mark your calendar as a cheat day since you should be eating pancakes for a good cause.
This year, the event is called Flip It Forward for Kids and will be held at participating restaurants across the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines, on Tuesday, March 12 from 7 am until at least 7 pm, though some locations may extend the promotion until 10 pm.
Each guest is entitled to one free short stack of Original Buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, diners are asked to make a donation to one of IHOP’s charity partners: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
IHOP has also encouraged children being treated at a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to submit original pancake recipes. Three participants will be selected as “junior chef” finalists and will be invited to visit the IHOP test kitchen to prepare their pancakes. The winner will be announced on February 25.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a North American non-profit organization, raises funds for children's hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children's health issues. The organization, founded in 1983 by the Osmond family, John Schneider, Mick Shannon, and Joe Lake, has its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, which is distributed directly to a network of 170 hospitals.
“Every year we look forward to kicking off our IHOP Free Pancake Day Flip it Forward for Kids campaign because it combines the two things we love most—pancakes and helping our communities,” Stephanie Peterson, IHOP’s Executive Director of Communications, said.
How To Get Free Pancakes At IHOP Tomorrow
While most national food holidays come and go without consequence, IHOP is giving us all a reason to actually celebrate National Pancake Day tomorrow by giving away free short stacks of pancakes. From 7 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 27, each guest can get a free short stack of buttermilk original pancakes if they dine in at a participating restaurant. The offer isn't available for take out and, sadly, doesn't include their flavored pancakes like red velvet or blueberry, but it's all for a good cause.
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In exchange for the free pancakes, IHOP is asking for a donation towards local children's hospitals and health organizations to help raise $5 million for children battling critical illnesses. The free pancake giveaway is part of an annual tradition that IHOP started in 2006. Over the last 12 years, IHOP has raised $30 million for charities through their National Pancake Day giveaway.
IHOP Serves Freebies on National Pancake Day
There's nothing like free food for a good cause. For the eighth year, IHOP restaurants are offering a free stack of buttermilk pancakes today from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The popular pancake chain hopes to raise $3 million in donations for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. The charities will receive 100 hundred percent of proceeds.
In 2012, IHOP raised more than $3 million for the various charities. The restaurant has raised over $10 million over the past eight pancake holidays.
Pancake day is typically celebrated on "Fat Tuesday" or the last day before Lent. This year it occurs on Tuesday, February 12.
Craving pancakes but can't make it to an IHOP? Here are some tasty recipes to try.
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Let’s talk about breakfast: It’s the most important meal of the day. How many times did your mother tell you that you need to eat your oatmeal or your eggs if you wanted to grow up to be big and strong? Well now you’re an adult, and you have a job, your own apartment, and hopefully a cat. Are you still getting up early enough to eat your breakfast or are you drinking three cups of coffee and calling it a meal?
Luckily, IHOP is here with the only incentive you need to start eating full breakfast meals again: The diner chain is giving away free pancakes on Tuesday (that’s tomorrow FYI).
Tomorrow marks IHOP’s 14th annual buttermilk short stack giveaway in honor of National Pancake Day, as USA Today reports. You can get yours from seven in the morning to seven at night, and while you might want to drop in for the pancakes alone, the event supports a good cause as well: IHOP will be taking donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Shriners Hospitals for Children. And if you forget to make your donation when you stop in for breakfast, IHOP will be taking contributions until the end of March.
But there’s more good news: Through April 14, IHOP will be adding the “Oreo Oh My Goodness” pancake to the menu, proceeds from which will go to the same charities. A 6-year-old named Brody Simoncini (a patient at Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Massachusetts) is the mastermind behind the pancake snack — two buttermilk pancakes filled with Oreo cookie pieces and topped with cupcake icing and whipped cream.
It’s okay if you’re in it just for the pancakes, though. It’s not everyday that you get to eat a pile of sugar-covered cake for breakfast, and maybe it will remind you of the pleasures of an epic breakfast spread: Orange juice and coffee, hash browns, and a side of bacon, and of course that glistening, buttery stack of pancakes. I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning just thinking about it. Remember, coffee is not a meal. At least try to have some toast.
National Pancake Day has been a thing since 2006, and since, IHOP has raised about $30 million for various community partners. But this year is different. IHOP turns 60 this year, and in celebration launched a 60 Days of Giving campaign to raise money to help children battling critical illnesses. IHOP's global goal is to raise $5 million for children's hospitals and various child-focused health organizations.
Specifically, the fundraising supports three main partners: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each organization puts the IHOP donations to a children-specific cause, such as facilitating research into rare conditions.
IHOP is Handing Out Free Pancakes This Weekend
This year, the day when we celebrate the most delicious type of cake—a pancake—falls on February 25. And to celebrate National Pancake Day, the pancake gods at IHOP are inviting the nation into their house of worship for a seriously sweet deal. While that is significantly earlier than last year's March 12 date, IHOP's still had time to prepare quite the party.
From 7am to 7pm on Sunday, anyone who walks into an IHOP can walk out with a completely free buttermilk short stack. While you don't have to whip out the wallet to pay, the breakfast destination does ask that you consider donating. All donations go straight to benefit children's hospitals (Children's Miracle Network and Shriner's Hospitals for Children), and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. iHop has done similar charity involvements for Pancake Days passed. This year, they're aiming to raise $4 million.
"The communities where IHOP and our franchisees operate are at the core of everything we do, and National Pancake Day serves as a great example of our commitment to helping the kids and families who are our guests, neighbors, friends, and family," said Stephanie Peterson, IHOP's communications director.
The free stacks are limited to one per customer, but IHOP's pancake party doesn't end there. While you're enjoying your piece of short-stack heaven on Sunday, scan that QR code on the table's tent card. Just by doing so, you'll be entered to win one of 13 IHOP swag prizes (see the full list below), or the grand prize: pancakes for life.
- $25 IHOP Gift Card
- $500 IHOP Gift Card
- IHOP Bike
- IHOP Scooter
- IHOP Custom Jacket
- IHOP Beret
- IHOP Watch
- IHOP Blanket
- IHOP Duffel Bag
- IHOP Collectible Drinking Glasses
- IHOP Water Bottle
- IHOP Trucker Hat
- IHOP Socks
The "pancakes for life" prize comes in the form of a giftcard for $15,000. We did the math, and that sum could get you one buttermilk short stack every day for seven years. Honestly, by the time you get to year seven, you might be done with pancakes. For life.
If you're not so dedicated to IHOP, or just looking to double-up on pancake celebrations this Sunday, you can grab discounted 'cakes at a few other joints, too:
- Denny's: When you sign up for the Denny's Rewards program, you get 20 percent off your next order. Schedule this right, and pay 20 percent less for pancakes on Sunday.
- Waffle House: No free pancakes here, but get a free order of hash browns when you join their Regulars Club!
- Friendly's: Sign up for their BFF's Club and get 25 percent off your next order!
And, for pancake lovers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, and Missouri, Snooze's National Pancake Day celebration is a can't-miss experience. The A.M. Eatery is honoring pancakes all week. They've recruited their best chefs to create unique and delicious new pancake flavors (think Coffee n' Donuts, Local Garden Cake, Cajon Cochon), and are donating 100 percent of profits to local garden development and maintenance.
Whether you spend it "eating up every moment" at IHOP, or enjoy National Pancake Day elsewhere, this holiday offers plenty of opportunities to carb-load. For a healthy, at-home alternative, check out our stellar blueberry pancake recipe.
IHOP serves free pancakes via IOU’s for National Pancake Day
Flip for a free short stack! In celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP is sending out IOU’s for FREE pancakes!
(PRNewsfoto/International House of Pancakes)
Every year, IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day by giving out FREE short stacks of buttermilk pancakes for National Pancake Day. In 2021, they adapted the event to be safer for everyone by spreading the free short stacks out over a month!
Get Free IHOP pancakes
Sign up for MyHOP before March 31, 2021, to receive an IOU coupon in your inbox on April 1! If you’re hungry now, there’s no need to wait you’ll also get a FREE Full Stack just for signing up!
Redeem your IOU for a Free Short Stack of Buttermilk Pancakes between April 1 – 30, 2021
In return for the freebie, customers are asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other local causes, in hopes of raising $5 million. Limit one short stack per person.
Get Free IHOP Pancakes on March 7 for National Pancake Day
I&aposm always slightly skeptical of breakfast food holidays like National Pancake Day—in part because I don’t think I need an excuse to celebrate and eat my favorite breakfast foods whenever I want. But I can get down with a national food holiday that involves getting free pancakes, especially when they&aposre free IHOP pancakes. Yes, IHOP National Pancake Day is March 7, 2017, and in honor of this "most anticipated Breakfastarian event of the year," as the holiday is called in a press release from the illustrious International House, the California-based chain of restaurants will be serving guests a free shortstack of their original buttermilk pancakes that day. And IHOP expects to serve a lot of shortstacks this National Pancake Day𠅊s many as five million pancakes.
National Pancake Day honors more than free pancakes, though. Since IHOP created the event in 2006, they&aposve raised over $24 million for different charities. This year, the company hopes to raise $3.5 million "for finding cures and eradicating life-threatening diseases affecting children and families everywhere.” So instead of giving your money to IHOP for the pancakes, they recommend donating to one of three charities: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children. This year&aposs goal would theoretically cost each diner less than a dollar per pancake.
Anyway you slice it, IHOP National Pancake Day is a good deal that does good, too.