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Aug 2, 2006 06:38 AM

Carvel [split from San Franscisco board]


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  1. Carvel is the East Coast rendition of 'Dairy queen" slightly better perhaps..but still a pale reflection of REAL soft custard.

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    1. re: ChowFun_derek

      Do they do soft serve? I just remember Carvel for their yucky ice cream cakes. Very similar to Baskin Robbins (if they have those out here) and in my opinion, nothing to get excited about.

      1. re: fine wino

        Yes, soft serve is what they Dairy Queen...

        1. re: fine wino

          Yucky? Cookie Puss and Fudgie the Whale? C'mon, they're frosted in somethng called 'whip', what could be bad about that?

          1. re: merkin

            FUNNY! I couldn't remember the names of the cakes...but I could hear Tom Carvel's voice in my head. Still gives me chills.
            As for the "yucky" comment, I have admited to being an ice cream purist on this board before. :-)

          2. re: fine wino

            Tom Carvel actually invented the soft-serve machine.

            Regardless of what the brand does today, I owe him a huge debt of gratitude!

          3. re: ChowFun_derek

            Dairy Queen is the East Coast rendition of Dairy Queen.

            1. re: Gary Soup

              Yeah. Exactly. Dairy Queen ain't no Carvel.

              I'm off for my Carvel cone to see if the memory matches the craving. Probably just plain today for the pure experience. A dip later up the line.

              1. re: Gary Soup

                THANK YOU! As I read that I wondered where on the east coast Chow_Funderek might live. In every east coast town I know, there is a DQ. Just recently, Carvel has begun to join the
                DQ's in the east coast strip malls.

                They're both about on par with each other in my opinion. I go to DQ if I want a Blizzard type treat stuffed full of candy or cookie dough or something like that. I go to Carvel for something more simple like the twist cone with sprinkles. I'd say the actual ice cream product at Carvel is a step or two above that at DQ, but there is just something classic about DQ that takes me back to every beach trip I went on as a kid.

              1. re: Carrie 218

                No comparison. Beard Papa is an upstart pretender. Carvel's has legs. It is an institution ... for heaven's sake, we are talking Fudgie the Whale. Respect must be paid.

                1. re: rworange

                  Respect to Beard Papa and Krispy Creme, chains that are commited to producing the highest quality product that can be prepared by any min wage automaton.

                  1. re: ExtraCheese

                    I don't know. Canned milk (Beard Papa's) doesn't seem so high quality. Maybe it was sweetened condensed or somehow necessary to the recipe?

                  2. re: rworange

                    You may like Carvel's legs, but Berkshire Hathaway apparently likes some part of Dairy Queen's body.

                2. One should not compare or use DQ in the same breath as Carvel. The latter is so far superior than DQ that I would drive a couple of miles further for their much more better s'cream.

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