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Want Free Pancakes at IHOP? Celebrate National Pancake Day on Feb. 27

Maple syrup pouring onto pancakes.
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Pancakes.

Kids love ‘em, adults love ‘em.

They’re good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re good for a snack or dessert. They’re delicious topped with butter, syrup or strawberries and whipped cream.

Whether you’re a carb aficionado or you simply like free food, get your forks ready: Feb. 27 is IHOP’s annual National Pancake Day celebration, and that means you get free pancakes.

How to Get Free Pancakes

Every year since 2006, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the U.S. and in Canada have offered customers a free short stack of three buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day.

For you trivia buffs out there, the date of the annual promotion often has a loose tie-in to Shrove Tuesday, known as “Pancake Day” in several countries around the world for its traditional meal.

To get your free pancakes, visit your local IHOP on Feb. 27, 2018 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. — hours may vary by location.

The fine print says you can order one short stack of pancakes per guest while dining in the restaurant — no to-go orders allowed.

The deal is available while supplies last, but since it’s the International House of Pancakes, it’s a safe bet the pancake supplies will hold out for quite a while. Still, you may want to prepare for a longer wait than normal since free stuff has a way of attracting a crowd.

Guests are not required to pay anything for their short stack, but IHOP does ask them to consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To date, IHOP has raised close to $30 million with this yummy event, and this year it aims to raise $5 million.

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

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