Carvel and Hollywood
Carvel ice cream has been immortalized by some of Hollywood’s biggest names. It was the highlight of Kelly Ripa’s birthday, and fulfilled a wish in an episode of HBO’s The Sopranos. It even helped launch Oprah Winfrey’s talk show career. Carvel brought joy to Homer and Marge Simpson’s “whale of a wedding,” while also being immortalized by David Letterman, The Smithsonian Institute and the Guinness Book of World Records.
The most delicious and popular of all American comfort foods has taken on a celebrity status all its own. As a matter of fact, Carvel has been mentioned on:
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- How I Met Your Mother
- King of Queens
- LIVE w/ Regis and Kelly
- Saturday Night Live
- The CBS Early Show
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
- The Family Guy
- The Office
- The Simpsons
- The Sopranos
It has an amazing impact on pop culture:
- The Beastie Boys recorded a song entitled “Cookie Puss”
- Tom Carvel was Oprah’s first talk show interview in October 1978 on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV 13
- Holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Ice Cream Scoop Pyramid and Largest Ice Cream Cake
- The American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute has a section of “Carvel History and Memorabilia”
- Travel Channel chose Carvel as the “Best Ice Cream Cake” – March 2004
And, you wouldn’t believe Tom Carvel’s past:
- Tom Carvel played golf with Jackie Gleason and actually set up an account at a local Carvel for Jackie to get free ice cream anytime.
- Tom also played golf with Bob Hope and made him birthday cakes.
- Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were also good friends with Tom.
- A letter of sympathy from President Richard Nixon was sent to Agnes Carvel on Tom’s passing in 1990.