Sugar Rush

Oh my gosh… Carvel is coming to DC.

Those of us who grew up in the immediate environs of New York City and the “tri-state area” should now instantly have a flashback to those crazy commercials of our youth and the sugary ice cream cakes of childhood birthday parties (and of course, “Carvel ice cream cakes” has to be pronounced like you have a huge mouthful of cookie dough, a la Tom Carvel himself). So excited!

9 Comments so far

  1. jen m. (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 12:10 pm

    cookie puss and fudgie the whale! i’ll have to dig out my beastie boys “cookie puss” album to honor the return of the puss.

    too bad that i don’t eat dairy anymore or i’d be pretty excited. maybe i’ll have to convince the folks at sticky fingers bakery to make me a vegan cookie puss cake.


  2. Robbie (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

    While this is exciting news, it’s hardly anything new to anyone who’s spent more than 15 years in the DC area. Carvel may have never had a shop in the District proper, but they used to have storefronts all over the metro area. (I remember one in a recessed corner spot in Waldorf Shoppers World.) Many years ago, they all closed up.

    But this isn’t the first time that franchises from other areas try a second hand at the DC market. (Can anyone say Bojangle’s or Arby’s with me? I knew you could.) For whatever reason, these places failed the first time around. Perhaps the area is diverse enough now to allow these businesses to succeed. Or maybe they’re under new (read: better) management. Who knows. I just wanted to clear up the impression given both here and in the article that Carvel is coming to DC because it isn’t.

    It’s coming back … and we should all be happy about that!


  3. Medusa (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

    I’ve seen Carvel cakes for sale at Safeway!


  4. Tiff (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

    There’s a Carvel in Arlington, actually, sort of between Clarendon and Virginia Square.


  5. Jenn L (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the clarification, Robbie! As if further proof was needed that I am a complete airhead – I’ve been in DC for 17 years, and I had no idea there were any Carvels in the area ever. Then again, I’ve also never been to Waldorf in all this time…


  6. Tom Mills (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

    What, no trips out to “The Dorf”???? The Bojangles in Waldorf has closed, replaced by an Arby’s (interestingly enough). You can still find Bojangles in Prince Georges, though (two I know of off hand – one on 301 in the Rosaryville area, and one off of Branch Avenue near Iverson Mall).

    Jenn, as far as Waldorf goes, you’re not missing much – it’s a massive conglomeration of strip malls just like any other massive conglomeration of strip malls in the outlying suburbs.


  7. Robbie (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 4:02 pm

    The unofficial nickname of Waldorf is “Strip Mall Hell”.


  8. Beth (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

    I did a promotional job a few years back at the Waldorf mall. Despite being just a rock’s throw outside the Beltway, it seemed like I’d gone through the looking glass. I was floored by the crazy amounts of acid-washed jeans and pregnant teenagers (or pregnant teenagers in acid-washed jeans, for that matter).

    As for Carvel, one of my fondest memories of growing up in NJ was going to Carvel after soccer games for a large vanilla soft cone with colored sprinkles! While waiting, I would pour over the book of cake designs for my birthday. Would this year be Ernie or Strawberry Shortcake?


  9. East Coast Girl (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

    Having grown up Maryland, I am very familiar with Carvel ice cream stores. As far as I know (haven’t been there in a couple of years), there still are stores in Rockville and Gaithersburg. There used to be one in Calverton for years, but they finally folded. I see from the Carvel website that besides the Capital Heights store, that they will be adding a number of stores in Maryland and Virginia soon. Plus, the Carvel Cakes have been marketed in Safeway and other retail stores in the area for years. But it’s not nearly as much fun as going into an actual Carvel store and seeing a case full of Fudgy the whale or choosing your favorite flavor for a big, thick, milkshake!



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