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Have you gotten your “Dessert-on-a-Stick?” | Redeem one yummy treat, today!

Jessica N. Abraham
White Castle is giving a free dessert-on-a-stick to customers who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Image via White Castle, 2021.

Headquartered in Columbus, White Castle invites all vaccinated Ohioans to join them in celebrating both community and the promise of brighter days ahead. Stressing how important it is that everyone doing their part to rid the world of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, this family-owned fast-food restaurant is serving complimentary Desserts-on-a-stick from April 22 until May 31 at local stores across the nation.

“From the start of the pandemic, we've shared the message that there is 'unity in community,'" said Jamie Richardson, Vice President at White Castle. "We're thankful the vaccines are now widely available to all citizens 16 and over so that every adult can do their part to help our country return to all that we love and crave."

With four different versions of White Castle’s Dessert-on-a-stick, there’s a flavor for everyone, who has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Once they show proof that they have received the vaccine, they may redeem one free Dessert-on-a-stick -- and, no other purchase is necessary!

Treats come in the following flavors:

  • Gooey Buttercake-on-a-Stick
  • Fudge Dipped Brownie-on-a-Stick
  • Fudge Dipped Cheesecake-on-a-Stick
  • Birthday Cake-on-a-Stick

A brand new flavor, Birthday Cake-on-a-Stick, was introduced earlier this month, commemorating White Castle’s 100th birthday this year. This dessert-on-a-stick offer is the latest of several initiatives that White Castle has undertaken the past year to support people during the pandemic.

"This 'vax for snacks' effort is just another way to support our communities as we make our way through this pandemic," Richardson said. "Our desire is for all of our friends, neighbors, and Cravers near and far to enjoy good health. For those getting vaccinated, we are here to celebrate with you!"

A Bit of White Castle History

Established in 1921, White Castle gained its notoriety at a time when people were actually afraid to eat hamburgers and quickly became credited as “The World's First Fast-Food Hamburger Chain” shortly thereafter. Since then, they have grown to 377 different locations, across 13 different states, spawning the “slider” craze that we have all grown to love.

White Castle was born in Wichita, Kansas, and was founded by both Walter Anderson and Billy Ingram, who would start the iconic burger joint with only $700.

Small buildings were built with stainless steel interiors, regularly sanitized, and employees would be outfitted with clean, spotless uniforms. They would change the perception of how people looked at the restaurant business -- and spark yet another trend with a new standard interior restaurant design.

In 1936, the company would move its headquarters to Columbus, where distribution would be more central to restaurants across state lines.

White Castle Continues to be Founded on the Message of Building Community

Last spring, White Castle gave away $1M worth of free combo meals to our essential workers -- the EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals, who were risking their own health and safety for the rest of the world. And, during the summer, White Castle continued to deliver more than 15K sliders to essential workers at hospitals, grocery stores, and retail across the nation. Grocery and retail workers would also be given a 20% discount at all local restaurants across the US.

Although many physical classrooms remained empty, as students returned to school, White Castle thought it was important to celebrate all that teachers and administrators do for not only our children but also society. To show their appreciation, all teachers and faculty would also receive a 20% discount on meals from late August to the end of September in 2020.

As shutdowns dramatically impacted the restaurant industry, White Castle hosted two fundraisers, which benefit restaurant workers impacted by the pandemic. A virtual dance party was held in May for National Slider Day and a reading of "Twas the Night Before Cravemus" was hosted by actor Richard Dreyfuss in December. Through these events, White Castle went on to raise more than $35K for the National Restaurant Association's "Restaurant Employee Relief Fund” and as a contributor of the "Change is on the Menu" campaign.

Giving back to the community is something that White Castle has always believed in, leaving none of us to wonder why the company was awarded for having the “Most Influential Burger of All Time,” as awarded by Time Magazine in 2014.

Do you have your vaccine? If so, head to a White Castle near you!

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Jessica N. Abraham is a writer, designer and publicist, specializing in Business, Technology and the Jobs Industry. | | Twitter: @jessicanabraham

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