The moon is blocking out the sun today for a brief window of time and, not surprisingly, food brands have a bad case of Eclipse 2017 Fever. Here’s a glimpse at some of the ways that restaurant chains across the country are trying to capitalize on this rare astrological phenomenon.
- Pizza Hut created a video to show its customers how to turn discarded, oil-stained pizza boxes into eclipse viewing devices by applying some tin foil, tape, and paper.
- As an eclipse special, Dairy Queen is offering a buy-one-get-one free deal for Blizzards from now through September 3.
- Today, Krispy Kreme is selling eclipse-themed chocolate doughnuts with chocolate glaze. This is a fairly straightforward doughnut/frosting combination, but apparently the chain has never served them before.
- Food delivery service DoorDash is dropping off half-moon eclipse cookies today for customers in Boston, New York, LA, and SF from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Customers can hit up the Eclipse Cookie Store in the DoorDash app to request free cookie delivery.
- Northwest coffee chain Dutch Bros. actually gave away eclipse glasses to customers who ordered large drinks last week, but now the company is recalling those glasses. In a statement, the coffee chain warns its customers: “We purchased these glasses after receiving certification of ISO compliance from the manufacturer. Further investigation has led us to question this certification. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we are issuing this voluntary recall.“
- America’s second or third favorite diner chain Denny’s is offering all-you-can-eat mooncakes today for $4.
- America’s third or fourth favorite diner chain Shoney’s is giving away eclipse glasses and Chocolate Double Decker MoonPies to any customers who order sandwiches, entrees, or buffet meals today.
- And if you’re not feeling eclipse mania, you can always pull a Tina Fey by diving into one of these cakes inside, where no harmful sun rays can melt your eyes:
If you hear of any other notable and/or ridiculous eclipse day deals or giveaways, please share your findings with the Eater tipline.