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Kroger is giving away 45,000 pints of free ice cream this month

California and Arizona are under a heat dome, with highs expected to exceed 110 degrees in some areas today. Visitors to Walt Disney World can expect temperatures approaching 100 degrees. And a significant portion of the southwestern U.S. is under high or extreme heat warnings. But there is good news: free ice cream!

Kroger is handing out 45,000 pints of its own brand of ice cream to celebrate the official start of summer later this month. Interested parties can pick up a coupon for the free food starting June 20 (the day of the summer solstice) at FreeKrogerIceCream.com.

Here’s the bad news: Some states bearing the brunt of the current heat wave are not eligible for the promotion, including California and Nevada. (Also ineligible: Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.)

The coupons can be redeemed at most Kroger brands, including Harris Teeter, Fed Meyer, PayLess and Fry’s.

Ice cream may not be a diet food, but recent research shows it’s not as bad for you as you might think. A 2022 study from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy ranked foods with a score from 0 to 100, based on a variety of criteria, from additives to vitamins to proteins. Ultimately, ice cream was rated higher than a multigrain bagel with raisins or multigrain bars because of its protein and mix of fats and other vitamins.

As for the thinking behind the total number of giveaways? Kroger says it will give away 50 pints for every minute of sunlight during the solstice. At temperate latitudes, you will typically see the sun above the horizon for about 15 hours on that day, which equates to 900 minutes.

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