National Pancake Day (IHOP, Free Pancakes) UPDATED 2017

National Pancake Day

March 8th is National Pancake Day. This is when sweet-toothed breakfast lovers across the US come together to enjoy the nation’s favorite buttery, sweet breakfast. On this page we’ll take a look at an assortment of National Pancake Day deals, as well as all kinds of coupons, offers. Not to mention free pancakes!

The biggest pancake houses and breakfast chains offer National Pancake Day deals, and that’s what we’ll take a look at on this page, while also discussing National Pancake Day on the whole.

In this National Pancake Day guide we’ll look at the following:

  • When is National Pancake Day?
  • What Day is National Pancake Day?
  • How Can I Get Free Pancakes on National Pancake Day?
  • What is IHOP National Pancake Day?
  • Where Can I Find National Pancake Day Coupons?
  • Where Can I Find Easy Pancake Recipes for National Pancake Day?

National Pancake Day Worldwide

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There are many food holidays in the US, and these don’t typically exist outside of mainstream media and fast food advertising. Some of the biggest days include National Pizza Day and National Cheeseburger Day, for instance, but away from Pizza Hut and Burger King adverts and social media accounts, you won’t hear much about them.

There are exceptions to this rule, but only when they are tied to the history of the country (National Donut Day, for instance, has a philanthropic history that is firmly ingrained in US history and culture). National Pancake Day is not one of those days, at least, not in the US.

In the UK, pancake day is huge. It’s tied into Easter celebrations and it’s a holiday that is well known throughout the country and celebrated in homes and schools, as well as restaurants. The same applies to several other European countries. In the US, however, it is a little more commercialized.

National Pancake Day 2017 Deals

National Pancake Day 2017

Every year we will fill this section with National Pancake Day deals. Next up is National Pancake Day 2017, which, as always, will arrive on March 8th. The deals and coupons are usually announced just a few days before National Pancake Day, so be sure to bookmark this page and drop by before then.

If you’re still seeing this message, then it means we haven’t announced our National Pancake Day 2017 deals just yet. But give it time, and expect all kinds of freebies, coupons and other deals to prepare you for National Pancake Day.

Previous National Pancake Day Deals

When is National Pancake Day

To give you an idea of what sort of deals to expect on National Pancake Day 2017 and beyond, take a look at the following. All of these National Pancake Day deals were offered by major breakfast/fast food chains during previous years.


This chain hasn’t always offered the best National Pancake Day deals or coupons, but they have paid attention to this food holiday. Previous National Pancake Day coupons have included 20% discounts off stacks of any size and type. Not quite as good as IHOP’s free pancakes, but it’s better than nothing. And it’s perfect for all fans of Denny’s.


This is where the best National Pancake Day deals are. IHOP provide free pancakes from 7am through to 7pm. You can get a free stack with any topping or sauce of your choice. Just make sure you do your bit by donating to the National Pancake Day charity. Between 2006 and 2016, IHOP raised over $20 million for charity during National Pancake Day.

Bob Evan’s

This huge breakfast chain has provided a number of National Pancake Day coupons in the past. These have provided you with everything from free pancakes to deeply discounted stacks and more. Most National Pancake Day coupons from Bob Evan’s need to be printed off and can be found online and in local newspapers.

Waffle House

Another big breakfast chain, Waffle House has offered plenty of National Pancake Day coupons in the past. These aren’t all about pancakes and you can get everything from free/discount hash browns to drinks and, of course, waffles.

What is National Pancake Day?

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Although the US version of National Pancake Day is more commercial than in other countries, it helps those in need. National Pancake Day was created by the IHOP chain of restaurants back in March 8th, 2006, and it has been held on this date every year since.

IHOP provide a number of National Pancake Day deals and coupons, and they encourage all guests to donate. Simply put, IHOP feed you, and in return they ask that you give the money that would have gone to them to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. So, remember that it’s not just about free food. It’s about helping those who need your help the most, and enjoying one of America’s favorite treats in the process.

The History of Pancakes

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Pancakes are one of those traditional, all-American foods that you could be mistaken for thinking were invented here. But while they have certainly found a home in North America, they were invented far away from these shores and existed long before European settlers first set foot on US soil.

In fact, there are suggestions that prehistoric humans may have made pancakes in one form or another. This is purely speculation of course, based on the discovery of flour-making tools from 30,000 year old settlements, but researchers determined that this hand-ground floor was likely mixed with water and then baked on a hot stone. The end product would be a long stretch from a buttery IHOP stack, but it’s proof that humans have always had a taste for this treat.

As early as 10,000BC, a form of pancake likely made up a large portion of the human diet, and this foodstuff evolved along with our tastes, our technology and the ingredients at our disposal. The pancakes we know and love today were likely invented by the ancient Greeks, who combined fat (in the form of olive oil), dairy and flour to make the batter, before cooking it in a hot pan and then sweetening it with honey.

Pancakes Around the World

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All civilizations had their own version of this treat, which is why you’ll find so many varieties around the world. In Japan, it’s not uncommon to find eggplant and cabbage in your pancake. In the UK you’ll get a squirt of golden syrup (a byproduct of sugar refinement) and a shirt of lemon juice. While in many tropical regions you’ll find pancakes made with bananas, peanuts and coconut milk.

While the substance that goes on or in the pancake is always different, the basic recipe is very similar all over the world. Some of the most famous pancakes were produced in France and have since spread around the world. Known as “Crepes”, these are essentially just very thin pancakes that are often loaded with fruit and/or sugar and then folded over.

Today, crepes are enjoyed all over the world and are considered to be a typically French dish. But they have been eaten everywhere from Belgium and Switzerland to Argentina and Brazil for hundreds of years.

Pancake Recipe: Easy Pancakes from Scratch

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Pancakes are incredibly easy to prepare. They require just a few basic ingredients, all of which should already be in your kitchen. To make your own pancakes, just follow this simple recipe:


  • 1 cup flour
  • An egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (pinch)
  • 2 tsp baking powder


  1. Grab a large bowl and combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Bring these dry ingredients together quickly and then create a well in the centre. In a separate cup, combine the milk, egg and oil. You can also add a dash of vanilla flavoring, a handful of raisins or a little extra sugar to taste.
  2. Pour the wet ingredient combination into the well and bring all of these together.
  3. Prepare a griddle with a little butter and place this on a medium heat. When it has come up to temperature, begin adding the mixture. Cook one pancake at a time, using as much or as little mixture as you want depending on the desired size of the pancake. Cook on both sides until golden brown on both sides.
  4. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a plate, create your stack and serve with a topping of your choosing.