(CBS SF) – A delicious tradition continues Tuesday with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops throughout the Bay Area and beyond giving away free scoops.

In an annual practice that the Vermont-based company said dates back to 1979, Ben & Jerry’s is offering customers complimentary ice cream from noon to 8 p.m.

A message on the company’s website states, “April 9th is Free Cone Day! Swing by a participating Scoop Shop and grab yourself a FREE ice cream cone. Thank you for 35 years of love & support.”

At the Haight-Asbury location in San Francisco, tips and donations collected today will go to the city’s Recreation and Park Department. Rec and park staff and volunteers will be helping out at the store, located at 1480 Haight Street.

Ben & Jerry's "ONE Cheesecake Brownie" (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Ben & Jerry’s “ONE Cheesecake Brownie” (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


The ice cream maker, known for its creative flavors such as its Cheesecake Brownie, Caramel-and-Fudge-swirled Phish Food and candy bar-infused Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, will also offer classic chocolate, vanilla and other flavors. Ben & Jerry’s locations are listed on its website, http://www.benjerry.com, which had crashed as of mid-morning.

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