Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington, Vt., said it will host its annual Free Cone Day on April 9. Scoop shop visitors may get one scoop of their favorite flavor.

The tradition started in 1979, when Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield wanted to thank their Burlington community for helping them make it through their first year in business, the company said.

Today Ben & Jerry’s sells its ice cream in 38 countries, and Free Cone Day is celebrated in scoop shops around the world. More than 1 million scoops will be given away on April 9, the company said, from classic Cherry Garcia to new favorites such as Wake & "No Bake" Cookie Dough Core. Ben & Jerry's said its first claim to fame, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, is now available in original and nondairy versions, so there's something for everyone.

A list of participating scoop shop is available at