When Tom Carvel’s ice cream truck got a flat tire in Hartsdale in 1934, it was a lucky break for county soft-serve fans. He loved the spot so much, he opened his first shop in Hartsdale two years later.
• Westchester has 24 Carvel shops in 17 different towns. Yonkers has the most locations with five.
• There are more than 500 Carvel stores nationwide in 25 states and in seven countries.
• Carvel’s Classic Sundae is its bestselling treat, thanks to the ongoing “Wednesday is Sundae” promotion.
• Carvel’s parent company is FOCUS Brands, which also owns baked-goods chain Cinnabon.
• In 1978, on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV 13, Oprah Winfrey did the first talk-show interview of her career with…Tom Carvel.
• In 1983, the Beastie Boys recorded “Cooky Puss,” named after the famous Carvel cake, Cookie Puss.