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This Fast Food Chain on the Brink of Closure Is Giving Away Free Cookies

A sweet reason to pay this chain some attention: They're giving away a "cult fave."
Potbelly oatmeal chocolate chip cookie

Restaurants definitely have it tougher than ever. (Even the usually jovial Guy Fieri just blasted one well-known figure for not stepping up more to help them out.) One fast-food chain that's been struggling has just made an endearing gesture toward customers. Here's where you can get their free cookie, for a very limited time.

Yes, the beloved chain Potbelly Sandwich Shop just recently announced that they're in the process of closing several of their locations. But in the face of a year-long hurting market, on Thursday, Potbelly kicked off a three-day giveaway to celebrate April 30 as National Oatmeal Cookie Day.

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Potbelly is giving away free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies through today to customers who have signed up for their Potbelly Perks program. Their famous, generously sized oatmeal chocolate chip cookie appears on their regular dessert menu and seems so popular that research tells us several customers have developed their own homemade copycat versions. On the brand's Instagram this weekend, they called the OCC a "cult fave."

Yes, Potbelly's free oatmeal chocolate chip cookie promotion ends soon—but even if you decide to pay for one later, one heads-up about this treat to which many Potbelly lovers have bestowed five-star ratings: One Potbelly oatmeal chocolate chip cookie has 420 calories, 17 grams of fat (nearly half of what some of us should eat in a day), 34 grams of sugar, and 230 grams of sodium (because some bakers believe the secret to a great oatmeal cookie is just the right kick of salt). So while supplies last or anytime, the better bet might be the mini version of the cookie, which Potbelly also sells.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants, groceries, and more. Read more