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TODAY IS IHOP NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY.

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IHOP is serving up free pancakes today at restaurants across the U.S. The chain will give away a free short stack of Original Buttermilk Pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with some locations open until 10) to each guest in celebration of National Pancake Day.

“In return, we ask that you make a donation to our charitable partners,” IHOP said on its website.

IHOP donates money from National Pancake Day to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. More than $24 million has been raised for charity since IHOP launched the annual event 11 years ago.

This year’s goal is to raise $3.5 million for finding cures and eradicating life-threatening diseases affecting children and families everywhere.

The offer is limited to one short stack per dine-in customer.

#FACTS IHOP has long been known for its roster of flavored syrups, but none of them — not even the “old-fashioned” — are actual maple syrup. When the company opened its first location in Vermont, Sam Handy, the franchisee, took issue with this practice. In order to avoid rampant customer rioting, he asked the corporation for permission to serve the real stuff. He got it, with two caveats: it would be served on the side and cost an extra $0.99. That worked for Handy and for his syrup truther customer base. The South Burlington location thus became the only IHOP with authentic maple syrup, although Chuck Schumer is working tirelessly to change that.

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