Fudgie the Whale is a type of ice cream cake produced and sold by Carvel in its franchise stores. It was developed by Carvel in the 1970s as an expansion of its line of freshly made products, along with Hug-Me Bear and Cookie Puss.
Although the cake depicts the shape of a whale and was originally decorated as such, it was adapted for holiday uses by rotating it 90 degrees counter-clockwise so that the whale's body, now upright, could represent a face. The whale's tail would then represent whatever a character traditionally had on its head: the Easter Bunny's ears, a leprechaun's hat, or Santa Claus's tassel. Fudgie the Whale was often promoted around Father's Day, using the slogan, "For a whale of a dad."
In popular cultureEdit
Fudgie the Whale has been the subject of parody for comedians Patton Oswalt, Kevin Smith and Billy Crystal. It has also been used for comedic effect on television shows such as The Simpsons, The Daily Show, Damages, Family Guy and The Office.
Fudgie the Whale was mentioned in Archer in the episode "Drift Problem".
In the early 1980s, David Letterman "Exposed" the cake as really being a dog in disguise.
Also on The Colbert Report during his September 27th, 2010 show, Colbert asks "if God can turn himself into a burning bush, then why can't he take the form of Fudgie the Whale?"
"Fudgie the Whale" is repeatedly referenced in the long running (1989-1999) Comedy Central and Sci-Fi Channel series "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (MST3K). Dub Narcotic Sound System's album Sideways Soul (recorded with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) contains a song entitled "Fudgy the Whale," ostensibly one of sixteen Olympia, Washington-based dances, all named within the song.
Musical Comedy Artist Parry Gripp released a song titled "Fudgie the Whale".
According to his wife Beth Stern, radio host Howard Stern considers Fudgie the Whale his favorite Carvel product. She discussed this with Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.