If the bad economy has forced you to cut dessert out of your budget, a couple Bay Area ice creamery companies have you covered.
Today is the 115th anniversary of National Ice Cream Day here in the United States and both Ben & Jerry's and Oakland's famous Fentons is offering freebies. Fenton is known as Oakland's "sweetest" landmark.
The hippie ice cream maker Ben and Jerry's says it will be passing out frozen treats in San Francisco all weekend and early next week. The only catch is you have to be willing to eat the frozen treat upside down.
Ben & Jerry's will be in Golden Gate Park on Sunday serving up its new Flipped Out ice cream cup, which features fudge ice cream and brownies upside down. That way you can get to the brownie first.
The notoriously quirky and political Vermont ice cream maker couldn't help but use the event to make a statement. And take a shot at the City.
"We married fudge, ice cream and brownies (but) don't worry it's legal in Vermont," the company jokes in its promotion for the weekend handout.
If you can't make it to this weekend's ice cream festivities, you can join Ben & Jerry's at Justin Herman Plaza on Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information visit Ben & Jerry's Facebook page.
Now to the Fenton celebration. From noon until 3 p.m. on the patio customers can not only get a free scoop of its signature flavors, there will also be crafts for the kids and BBQ for the adults, as well as music courtesy of DJ Mano who will be spinning classics from the 40s and 50s.
Sunday's special is a small black and tan junior for $1.15.