It's National Cookie Day! Here's Where to Score Some Free Treats

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iStock/Kanawa_Studio

We may never see eye to eye on important matters of taste, like whether raisins belong in cookies or whether chocolate confections are better. However, we can all get behind one thing: free dessert.

As Thrillist helpfully points out, today (December 4) is National Cookie Day, and a few businesses are celebrating by giving away free goodies. You'll get a complimentary cookie—no questions asked—if you drop by any Insomnia Cookies, Great American Cookies, or DoubleTree by Hilton location today. (You don't even have to be a Hilton guest to take advantage of this offer!)

A couple other chains will hand over the goods once you've completed some quick tasks. Hot Box Cookies asks you to like and retweet this tweet first, and the Potbelly Sandwich Shop says customers must download the Potbelly Perks app and sign up for an account to claim their complimentary cookie.

And then there are the cookies that come "free" with a purchase. Both Mrs. Fields and Coolhaus will hand over a cookie when you buy any other item. At Nestle Toll House Cafe outlets, you can buy three cookies and get three more free. The restaurant chain Schlotzsky's is offering a free cookie with the purchase of an entree, and you'll also get a cookie when you buy a sandwich at Penn Station East Coast Subs.

For more offers on discounted treats, check out these round-ups from USA Today and Thrillist.

[h/t Thrillist]

KFC's New Firelog Makes Your House Smell Like Fried Chicken

KFC
KFC

The classic yule log has received updates from Star Wars, Nick Offerman, and Lil Bub over the years. This holiday season, why not stoke your fireplace with a log from the folks at KFC? As KRON reports, the fast food chain has produced its own firelog that releases the scent of Kentucky fried chicken when ignited.

The KFC 11 Herbs and Spices log is the best way to fill your house with delectable fried chicken smells without ordering takeout. Made in collaboration with Enviro-Log, it contains 100 percent-recycled materials and burns for up to three hours. KFC warns buyers that burning the log "may result in a craving for fried chicken," and that it "may attract bears or neighbors who are hungry." Despite the mouthwatering aroma, the KFC firelog is not safe to eat.

KFC and Christmas may seem like an odd pairing, but it's an annual holiday tradition in other parts of the world. In Japan, KFC has been a Christmastime staple for decades, with customers placing orders for buckets of "Christmas chicken" months ahead of the holiday.

The KFC log went on sale for $19 on Thursday, December 14, and it's already sold out from the online store, but keep checking back to see if they've restocked them.

It likely won't be the last scented novelty product we see from the brand: KFC has previously released a candle, nail polish, and sunscreen all made to smell like its famous fried bird.

[h/t KRON]

Where to Score Free Treats For National Cupcake Day

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iStock.com/RuthBlack

December is a magical time of year, and not just because of all the winter holidays. A few days on the calendar this month cater to those of us with a sweet tooth, and we can’t say we’re complaining. National Cookie Day fell on December 4, followed by National Brownie Day on December 8, and we still have National Cupcake Day to look forward to tomorrow, December 15. Because if you’re already planning to indulge in Christmas cookies and cake, why not go all out?

The icing on the cake is that a few bakeries across the country will be handing out free cupcakes tomorrow. Sprinkles Cupcakes will be giving away a limited edition strawberry cupcake with rainbow sprinkles to the first 100 visitors at each of its bakeries, which are located in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Florida, New York, and Washington, D.C. The bakery will also be doing “impromptu cupcake drop-offs” around New York City tomorrow.

Baked by Melissa also promises customers a free cupcake of their choosing at any of its 14 outlets in the New York City region, according to Metro. The company will also post information about a cupcake giveaway to its Instagram page tomorrow, and you can participate by tagging a friend in the comments. Two winners will receive a “Superstar” pack of 50 cupcakes.

If you happen to live in Cleveland, LaBella Cupcakes is taking a unique approach to the holiday and launching a scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. tomorrow. It will take participants to 10 historic locations around the city, and the person who solves the clues the fastest will take home a dozen free cupcakes. Check out the company's Instagram and Facebook pages for more details. 

There’s also a chance one of your local, non-chain bakeries will be hosting a promotion, so it’s worth visiting their website or social media pages to see if there are some freebies you can take advantage of. 

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