Every year about this time the International House of Pancakes, IHOP, offers their customers free pancakes. This year IHOP will offer a free short stack of pancakes to any customer who walks in the door! All you have to do is get there between 7am and 10pm on March, 1, 2011 which is National Pancake Day!
In exchange for a free short stack of pancakes on National Pancake Day IHOP asks that you make any type of donation to the charity being promoted by the restaurant, but of course a donation is not required.
Below is the official IHOP statement and information directly from the website describing the National Pancake Day Celebration.
“Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $5.35 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. While IHOP’s National Pancake Day typically takes place on Shrove Tuesday, this year, the company will host its free pancake event one week earlier on Tuesday, March 1 to build buzz and excitement prior to Shrove Tuesday. With your help, we hope to raise $2.3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities!
Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.”
Enjoy your free Pancakes!