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New Year’s free food and deals at Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell



New Taco Bell loyalty members can receive a free Doritos Locos Taco when they sign up online or on the Taco Bell app.

2021 is over andWelcoming 2022: Some freebies and deals.

Krispy Kreme closes 2021 with its final day of the vaccination incentive and is ringing in 2022 with a sweet doughnut deal dubbed “Raise a Glazed.” Now through Sunday, get two Original Glazed dozens for $12.

Despite a shortage of sparkling wine looming, New Year’s Eve also is National Champagne Day. New Year’s Day is National Bloody Mary Day and National Hangover Day. 

Wendy’s National Bacon Day deal of free Baconator Fries also continues through Sunday.

We’ve rounded up deals and ongoing offers available at restaurants nationwide this weekend.

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The following are available at participating locations nationwide unless otherwise stated. Some deals may require a mobile app, and most are while supplies last. Offers can vary by franchise, so check with your closest location.

Wendy’s free Baconator Fries or nuggets with app

Through Sunday, get free Baconator Fries with any purchase on the Wendy’s app. According to the fine print, the offer is not valid within a combo or with any other offer.

Wendy’s has other offers in its app including a free six-piece nuggets with purchase. Physical and digital Frosty key tags are also for sale for $2 for a limited time on the app. With the key tag, get a free junior Frosty with any purchase throughout 2022. Find deals at

Taco Bell BOGO burrito

New Year’s Eve is the last day to get this Taco Bell buy-one-get-one-free burrito deal. Through Friday, order any Taco Bell $2 Burrito on the app and earn a free Fiesta Veggie Burrito offer to redeem Saturday through Jan. 15. To get this deal you need to be a registered app user. Sign up at and you’ll also get a free Doritos Locos Taco.

McDonald’s free food, deals on the app

The McDonald’s app has various free food offers and deals Friday including free Hotcakes with a minimum $1 purchase during breakfast, free medium fries with a $1 purchase, a $1 large fries and buy-one-get-one-free deals. There’s a limit of one offer per order and offers and daily deals can vary by account and region.

Don’t have the app already? McDonald’s says on its website that first-time app users get free large fries for downloading the app through Jan. 31 and joining MyMcDonald’s Rewards. Then after your first purchase through March 31, you get the choice of Hash Browns, Vanilla Cone, McChicken or a Cheeseburger for free.

Burger King app deals

Burger King Royal Perks members can choose from a selection of deals on the app.

New users can get a free Croissan’wich, Whopper or Original Chicken Sandwich with a $3 or more purchase.

PDQ New Year’s chicken tender deal

On Friday and Saturday, get 22 chicken tenders when you order online at all PDQ locations.

With the chain’s loyalty program, MyPDQ Points, earn points to receive discounts on future orders.

Krispy Kreme ‘Raise a Glazed’ doughnut deal

Krispy KremeWe are ringing the new year 2022 with a sweet doughnut sale called “Raise a Glazed.” Get two Original Glazed dozens for $12 Thursday through Sunday.

The four-day deal is available online, in the drive-through and at participating locations nationwide. LearnMore about the offer at

And … Krispy Kreme freeDonuts served with a vaccine card

Krispy Kreme’s vaccine incentive started in March andFriday is the scheduled end. For a certificate of vaccination COVID-19, you must have one. freeDoughnut glazed

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Panera freeTrial subscription to coffee

If you haven’t joined Panera’s unlimited monthly coffee subscription, there’s a deal for new subscribers through Friday. Get 30 days free when you sign up freeCoffee at After the trial, the monthly subscription cost $8.99

Shake Shack BOGO ShackBurgers

Through Sunday, Shake Shack has a buy-one-get-one-free deal on single ShackBurgers on the Shack App or restaurant’s website. Add atAt least two ShackBurgers should be added to your cart andUse code THANKYOU21 at checkout.

This offer is only valid once per account andPayed add-ons (e.g. bacon, avocado, shallots and cherry peppers) are not included and gluten-free bun. Airports, stadiums andBallpark Shake Shack locations do not participate.

Sonic half-price Patty Melt

Sonic Drive-In’s Patty Melt is back, and it will be available until supplies run out. The burgers are available at the following locations: at $3.99 andIncludes a quarter-pound beef pat, grilled onions, two slices American cheese, and mayo andTexas Toast: Mustard

To get one half-price Patty Melt, order online or via the Sonic App and receive a reward. Limit one per customer

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