Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day 2012 is today. Here's how to get your ice cream.

Everyone loves this yummy annual holiday, and from 12 to 8 p.m. today you can take advantage of the complimentary dessert by stopping in at any participating Ben & Jerry's store in your town.

As a way to thank our customers for their support and to celebrate 34 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, Ben & Jerry's scoop shops are happily giving it away! the confectioner explains on its website. Around the world, Scoop Shops are opening their doors from noon to 8:00 pm, to serve up a free scoop of your favorite flavor. Please check with your local Scoop Shop for more info!

First step to getting a tasty treat on Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day, aka, April 3, 2012, aka today, is click on this link to see if your local Scoop Shop is participating in the flavorful festivities.

Then, make your way over to the ice cream counter there, where you will get a free one-scoop ice cream cone. But be warned, the lines on Free Cone Day can be insanely long, so plan more than a 30-minute lunch break. Some people have reported lines of more than an hour at previous Free Cone Days in particularly popular locations.

And Ben and Jerry's really seems to embrace the holiday. Rather than discouraging you from coming in for free delectable treats, they provide new fun ways to take advantage of Free Cone Day each year:

Of course this year we're also giving away plenty of our new Greek Frozen Yogurt, the Ben & Jerry's website states. If you haven't tried it yet, this is a great opportunity to give it a lick! Of course you can always enjoy an old favorite and savor in the deliciousness that is free ice cream! Hey, either way it's time for you to come on in!

The holiday is not just spreading via word of [ice-cream-filled] mouth, however, as sweet-toothed Twitter users are taking to the social media site to show their love for Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day. In fact the terms Ben & Jerry's and Free Cone Day both became trending topics Tuesday morning on Twitter, just in time for the start of the eight-hour holiday.

As Twitter user @BostonCentral puts it, this is a once-a-year event that everyone should be sure to enjoy:

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's is Tuesday, April 3 this year! Mark your calendars & enjoy.