Mint Madness

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀

Even though I’m not even a little bit Irish, I love this holiday for one primary reason: MINT! All the delicious minty treats take over this month, and I’ve done my best to find (and sample) them all this season.

Without further ado, here are all the minty treats you can try today!

Shamrock Shake

McCafe Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s: The St. Patty’s Day staple. With a cherry on top.

Chocolate Shamrock Shake from McDonald's

McCafe Chocolate Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s: You read that right! This year, McD’s introduced a full line of Shamrock goodies, including this cool half-chocolate, half-mint shake. I like to call this one the #ShamChocShake.

McCafe Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe from McDonald’s: A Shamrock Shake with caffeine! Yes on so many levels.

McCafe Shamrock Hot Chocolate

McCafe Shamrock Hot Chocolate from McDonald’s: A warm cup of cocoa with a burst of mint.

McCafe Shamrock Mocha from McDonald’s: A hot alternative to meet your caffeination needs, similar to the wintertime peppermint variety.

Arby's Mint Swirl Shake

Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake from Arby’s: Yep. It tastes just as good as it looks.

Mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen

Mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen: This Blizzard of the Month is one of my all-time favorites, second only to Christmastime’s Candy Cane Oreo. Can one EVER go wrong with a Blizzard?

Mint Shake from Culver’s: A smooth, refreshing shake without all those unnecessary bells and whistles.

Mint Chip Shake from Culver’s: A twist on the classic mint shake with a chopped Hershey bar mixed in.

Mint Concrete Mixer Made with Oreos from Culver's

Mint Concrete Mixer Made With Oreo from Culver’s: Perhaps the most decadent treat on this list, creamy custard meets crunchy Oreos and smooth minty goodness right here.

Burger King's Oreo Mint Shake

Oreo Mint Shake from Burger King: One of the most affordable – and tasty – mint desserts to be found! Dare I suggest that this may even rival the Blizzard? 😮

And an honorable mention goes to Caribou Coffee’s Mint Condition (available hot, iced, or blended). It’s available year-round but still meets our minty St. Patrick’s Day requirements. 😊

Did I miss any must-try mint treats? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add them to my list! 🍀 Continue reading Mint Madness

Caribou Caffeination: August Edition

How is it already August?

It’s hard to accept that summer is slowly coming to a close and that our remaining lake days are numbered.

But summer’s not over yet!

And Caribou Coffee has the perfect plan to keep you cool and caffeinated over the next few weeks of warmth.

Caribou Perks has introduced an August rewards plan that gives opportunities for special deals each Thursday in August. All you do is check in at Caribou each Monday, and each Thursday you’ll get a special Caribou Perk!

If you check in each week, you’ll also earn a bonus Perk at the end of the month – a free medium coffee of choice!

And we know it’s all about the freebies around here. 🙂

Happy Monday, friends! Grab your coffees and let’s get to work – it’s going to be a good week! ☕️

Birthday Freebies in the Willmar Area

 

It just so happens to be my birthday today and, as everybody knows, the best part of birthdays is stocking up on freebies from local retailers!

In case you’re unfamiliar with this concept, many vendors offer free and discounted products on your big day to help you celebrate. Some deals are even redeemable throughout your entire birthday month!

Many retailers require that you sign up for their e-mail list ahead of time, so plan ahead, and be sure to have an ID on you if you’re 16 or older, just in case.

Here’s the full list of places in the area that offer birthday specials:
A&W: Free root beer float when you join the Mug Club
Arby’s: Free shake when you sign up for e-mails
Applebee’s: Free ice cream with either chocolate or strawberry sauce (and a free birthday song!)
Burger King: Free hamburger Kids Meal for kids under 13 years old (BK Crown membership required)
Caribou Coffee: Free medium drink when you join their e-mail list and provide a photo ID
CherryBerry: Free frozen yogurt and toppings of choice
Culver’s: Free ice cream surprise when you join their e-mail list (In the past, treats have included a scoop of custard and an ice cream sundae.)
Dairy Queen: BOGO Blizzard—mini, small or medium (Sign up for e-mails online to receive your birthday coupon and other deals throughout the year.)
Dunn Bros: Free birthday drink when you sign up for their e-mails
El Tapatio: Free dessert and song, plus you get the honor of wearing a sombrero!
Erbert and Gerbert’s: Free sandwich during your birthday month when you join the Sandwich Society (must pick up a card from an Erbert and Gerbert’s location)
LuLu Beans: Free cookie of choice
Green Mill: Free small one topping pizza for adults who join their rewards program, and free kids meal for kids who join the KidSpace birthday club (both offers valid through your birthday month!)
Panda Garden: Free buffet on your birthday with a valid ID and a party of 6+ people (print coupon here!)
Qdoba: Free burrito when you join their e-club
Redbox: Free DVD rental when you sign up for e-mails
Papa Murphy’s: Free cookie dough when you sign up for e-mails (You’ll also be the first to know about deals throughout the year!)
Pizza Ranch: Receive a $5 bonus on your card when you join the Ranch Rewards program AND take out a free cactus bread when you dine in.
Spicer Castle: Free birthday dinner (up to a $15 value)
Taco John’s: Free cini-sopapilla bites when you sign up for e-mails

Know of other local businesses that offer birthday freebies? Comment below and we’ll add them to the list!

Caribou BOGO!

Today only, March 19th, Caribou Coffee is offering buy-one-get-one-free coffees for all Caribou Perks members!

To become a Perks member, you basically just need to give the barista your phone number. Each time you use a perk, they’ll ask for your number, and that’s all you need to verify your identity! You can begin the process on Caribou’s website to start receiving e-mail updates and offers.

I’ve been a Caribou Perks member for a year or so, and I can vouch for this program. It’s free, there are deals quite often, and they don’t spam you with constant e-mail. It’s definitely a #win in my book!

Best of all, it’s always fun to surprise someone with an unexpected mocha or chai. 🙂 My coworkers and I love to find random people to bless with a coffee – sometimes that’s all it takes to brighten someone’s day just a little! If you don’t have somebody to share a BOGO with, I can assure you that most anyone would love to be on the receiving end, and it’s just as fun to be the giver!

Check out the Caribou Perks program if you haven’t already – you can support a local Minnesota company, fuel your caffeine addiction, and maybe even make someone’s day in the process. 🙂