Don’t get caught on St. Patrick’s Day.
For the traditional Irish holiday Thursday, restaurants are going green with everything from donuts to beer, and also offering Irish dishes.
You can also celebrate the holidays by saving green and taking advantage of promotions.
According to a consumer survey by Numerator, 56% of US consumers plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and 46% of more than 11,000 respondents say they will purchase alcoholic beverages.
It’s also one of the most popular holidays for decorating, with 33% of consumers saying they intend to buy Christmas decorations. Christmas and Halloween are the two holidays that dominate St. Patrick’s Day, according to the numerator.
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The original meaning of St. Patrick’s Day comes from the Christian saint who brought Christianity to Ireland and “drove the serpents” from the island. Due to the saint’s contributions, the holiday was created in his honor on the supposed day of his death, March 17.
Green food and drinks for St. Patrick’s Day
Here are the special items and offers available at participating stores on Thursday, unless otherwise noted. For added security, always check with your nearest location before heading out. Additionally, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for email.
Krispy Kreme St. Patrick’s Free Green Donuts
Krispy Kreme is giving away free green glazed donuts dubbed the O’riginal Glazed Donut — a quirky but green glazed donut — if you wear green at one of its stores on Thursday. No purchase is necessary and treats are available in-store, for pickup and drive-thru while supplies last.
The chain also offers a collection for St. Patrick’s Day, including Luck O’ the Rainbow Donut and St. Patrick’s Shamrock Donut.
McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Deals and Shamrock Shake
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake and Oreo Shamrock McFlurry are also back for a limited time.
The fast food chain also has several deals running on its app and with the MyMcDonald’s Rewards program. Offers and Daily Deals may vary by account and region.
Don’t have the app? McDonald’s says on its website that you’ll get a free large fry when you download the app and join MyMcDonald’s Rewards through March 31. Then, after your first purchase, you’ll have your choice of Hash Browns, Vanilla Cone, McChicken, or a Cheeseburger for free.
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Dairy Queen St. Patrick’s Day Treat, Free Cone Day returns Monday
Dairy Queen is offering a new mint treat – Mint Brownie Blizzard Candy – for a limited time, while supplies last.
The channel is bringing back its Free Cone Day after a two-year hiatus amid the pandemic on March 21. Get a Free Small Vanilla Cone Monday at participating non-commercial DQ locations. This offer is not valid on digital or delivery orders.
Del Taco free guac for St. Patrick’s Day
Del Taco Del Yeah! Rewards members can add guac to any order for free as long as they order in-app Thursday.
Einstein Bros. Bagels St. Patrick’s Day green shmear
Move over the green bagels. Thursday only, Einstein Bros. Bagels will feature a special plain green cream cheese called Shamrock Shmear. Cream cheese is available for in-store orders and not for ordering in advance.
Taco Bell St. Patrick’s Day Deal: 50 Cent Coffee
Taco Bell has a deal on its new Cinnabon Delight coffee Thursday on its app. Get a cup for 50 cents with a purchase of $1 or more at breakfast from opening until 11 a.m. The offer is “redeemable only through the Taco Bell mobile app for in-store/drive-thru pickup orders, at participating US Taco Bell locations, while supplies last,” according to the fine print.
New Taco Bell Rewards members also get a free Doritos Locos Taco for signing up at Tacobell.com/rewards.
Wendy’s St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness Deals
Wendy’s is offering several offers on its mobile app for a limited time. The channel says it’s the “official breakfast” and “official burger” of March Madness.
- Dave’s $1 single: Through April 10, Wendy’s will be offering singles for $1 via mobile ordering on the app. The offer will be updated daily.
- Half price breakfast: Get half off your Wendy’s breakfast purchase when you order it in-app with mobile ordering through March 31. The offer is updated daily.
- $3 off orders of $15 or more: Get $3 off any order of $15 or more through the Wendy’s app through April 10. The offer will be updated daily.
- $1 BOGO Premium Chicken Sandwich: This offer will be updated weekly. Buy a Premium Chicken Sandwich and get a second one for $1 through April 10 with a rolling deal.
Chuck E. Cheese Spring Offer
Chuck E. Cheese said his Family Fun Spring-tastic pack is available through April 24 for delivery or takeout. For $34.99, get two large pizzas, Unicorn Cotton Candy, a goodie bag and spring activity sheet, plus 250 e-tickets for your next Chuck E. Cheese visit.
Domino’s St. Patty’s Day Deal: $3 Coupon for Takeout Orders
For a limited time, Domino’s will give you a $3 “tip” for ordering your pizza online and picking it up yourself instead of choosing delivery.
Place a takeout order through May 22 and get a $3 coupon code to redeem the following week on a takeout order of $5 or more before tax and tip.
Also earn points to redeem for a free pizza with the chain’s Piece of the Pie rewards program which you can sign up for at Dominos.com.
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St. Patrick’s Day Green Food from Freddy’s
Until late spring, Freddy’s serves its Oreo Mint Concrete, Oreo Mint Shake and the Oreo Mint Sandwich.
Hungry Howie’s March Madness Offer
Hungry Howie’s is offering 40% off any pizza through March 20 with promo code FORTY. Offer applies to online takeout orders at participating stores.
Insomnia Cookies St. Patrick’s Day Offer
Insomnia Cookies tops some cookies with green icing for the holidays and through Sunday. Plus, buy 12 classics and get six free in-store, for local delivery and nationwide delivery.
Noodles & Company St. Patrick’s Day BOGO
Noodles & Company has a St. Patrick’s Day deal called “Saving Greens.” Buy any entry and get any small entry free at all locations.
Sheetz St. Patrick’s Day Spearmint Shake
All Sheetz locations will be offering the limited edition Lucky Green Mint Milkshake for $3.99 now through April 6.
Applebee’s St. Patrick’s Day $5 Saintly Sips
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar has the Tipsy Leprechaun and Pot O’ Gold Colada Saintly Sips available for $5 each.
St. Patrick’s Chili’s Grill & Bar $5 Margarita
Chil’s $5 Margarita of the Month for March is the Lucky Jameson, which is made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Lunazul Blanco tequila, Triple Sec and fresh acid.
Contributor: Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY
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