During National Pancake Day (Feb. 5) the company’s largest event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Shriners Hospitals or other local charities.

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Shriners Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Shriners Hospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Shriners Hospitals.

Feel free to stop by the IHOP in Texarkana at 329 East 51st St. Texarkana, Ar. and at the IHOP location in Mount Pleasant Tx. 2502 W. Ferguson Road.

For more information on National Pancake Day, visit ihoppancakeday.com or facebook.

How about a little history lesson about Pancake Day?

It is a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepared for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. IHOP’s National Pancake Day will take place a week before Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

In Texarkana visit IHOP just off I-30 on the service road.

Does anyone still call them flap jacks?