Farrell’s Ice Cream Challenge is back

Farrell's Ice Cream Eating Challenge 2015Do you love ice cream?

Do you really love ice cream?

If you do, and you think you’ve got what it takes, good news: Qualifications have begun for Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant’s sixth annual Splendiferously Superific Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Challenge.

Whew…that’s a challenge just reading that.

To qualify, visit any Farrell’s between now and July 12 and pay a $20 entry fee. You’ll receive a limited-edition T-shirt, a $5 coupon for your next visit and a three-scoop sundae.

Then, wolf down that sundae as fast as you can.

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National Donut Day is today…here’s where to get free donuts

Today (June 5) is National Donut Day, begun during the Great Depression by the Salvation Army as a means to raise funds and bring awareness to the organization’s social service programs.

It also commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines, initially during World War I.

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Get your free cone at Dairy Queen today

Dairy Queen Free Cone DayDairy Queen is celebrating its 75th “Fanniversary” by giving away small vanilla cones at participating locations today (March 16).

The chain is also collecting donations for Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals.

Inland Empire Dairy Queen locations include Ontario, Colton, Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, Bloomington, Rialto, Chino Hills, Montclair, Yucaipa, San Dimas, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Norco, Murrieta, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Palm Springs, Temecula, Ludlow, Baker, Anza, Bermuda Dunes, Yermo and Needles.

Claremont Pie Festival returns Saturday

Saturday (March 14) is Pi Day, and the city of Claremont is again celebrating the day with the Claremont Pie Festival.

The event features pie baking and eating contests, pie making demos, pie tastings, a vintage apron exhibit, a pie recipe card hunt, kids’ apron decorating and an apron parade, along with classic cars, live music and vendor booths.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Village.

Headquarters for the festival is the I Like Pie Bake Shop, 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., naturally.

Click here for more information and contest forms.

Chocolate Decadence, wine festival coming to Pechanga this weekend

WineFestChocDecTemecula’s Pechanga Resort and Casino has a pair of delectable events this weekend that are sure to delight any food lover.

The resort’s annual Chocolate Decadence is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (February 27).

The event features both sweet and savory chocolate treats, along with more than 30 wineries featuring over 100 champagnes, sparkling and dessert wines specially selected for pairing.

Attendees will also be able to sample desserts and other confections created by Pechanga’s pastry chefs.

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10¢ froyo at Pinkberry on Friday, with a catch

Pinkberry 10th anniversaryPinkberry is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a trio of limited-time flavors — Sea Salt Chocolate, Passion Fruit and Raspberry White Chocolate — and by offering small cups of frozen yogurt with toppings for just 10¢ from 7 p.m. to close tomorrow (January 30).

However, there’s a catch on the 10¢ deal.

The promotion is only available at a limited number of participating locations, and none of the Inland Empire locations — Rancho Cucamonga, Mira Loma, Chino Hills and Corona — are on that list.

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Get ready for the Upland Dunkin’ Donuts with a free $5 card

DD PerksDunkin’ Donuts just started a promotion to get folks to sign up for its DD Perks loyalty program.

The first 100,000 people to sign up for the program via the chain’s mobile app will receive a free $5 card in addition to the free beverage normally given out with new memberships.

Simply use the promo code BONUS when you sign up.

The deal expires Friday (January 16).

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My Delight Cupcakery celebrating fifth anniversary on Sunday

My Delight Cupcakery Fifth AnniversaryOntario’s My Delight Cupcakery is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Sunday (December 7).

The event will run from noon to 5 p.m.

The award-winning bakery will give away gift bags to the first 50 customers and a cupcake to the first 100 customers There will also be giveaways all day long.

Be prepared to delight in a special cupcake menu featuring the bakery’s all-time best sellers.

And because man (and woman) cannot live by cupcakes alone, there will be a pair of food trucks — Cousins Maine Lobster and Me So Hungry — to provide a prelude (or perhaps the other way around) to dessert.

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Limited-time pumpkin shake available at Baker’s Drive-Thru

Baker's Drive-Thru's pumpkin shakeBaker’s Drive-Thru debuted its limited-time pumpkin shake last week.

The hand-scooped dessert will only be available as long as the ingredient supply holds out, which is expected to be just a few more days.

The shake is available in one size, at the bargain price of $2.

I had a sneak preview of the shake before its unveiling and thought it was delicious, tasting a little like pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Baker’s Drive-Thru locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.