Fudgie the Whale
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 sometimes 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' tassel. But Fudgie the Whale was usually promoted around Father's Day, using the slogan, "For a whale of a dad."
In the FX series Archer, title character Sterling Archer refers to Cookie Puss and Fudgie the Whale in "Drift Problem" (Season 3, Episode 7), wondering aloud to himself if either will be present at the surprise birthday party he assumes is being held for him "I wonder what the guys in the office have planned for my birthday. Wonder if Fudgie the Whale will be there or Cookie Puss. Cookie Puss. Those guys at Carvel know what they’re doing". Additionally, in "Heart of Archness: Part 1" (Season 3, Episode 1) Ray Gillette moans "Cookie Puss" after he is informed there will be no Carvel. The dessert is referred to yet again in “House Call” (Season 5, Episode 4), when Mallory Archer minimizes concern for Pam’s cocaine addiction, stating that Pam’s obituary would otherwise read the same had “the word cocaine been replaced with Cookie Puss”.
In Episode 7 of Season 4 of the TV Show The Office, Andy Bernard states that his favorite type of cake is ice cream cake, and that he would like a "Fudgie the Whale" cake.
On The Dan Le Batard show, Old Money Charlie ate an entire Fudgie the Whale cake as a 'Grid of Death' punishment. The size of the cake was called into question by the shipping container, and referred to as "Fudgie the Dolphin."
In season two, episode 14 of Speechless, JJ DiMeo demands a "Fudgie the Whale" cake for his 18th birthday.
Every year for his birthday, the station manager at WFAN in New York, buys Boomer Esiason a Fudgie the Whale cake. Boomer hosts “Boomer and Gio in the Morning” from 6am - 10am EST.
In season 3 episode 5 of Showtime’s hour long drama entitled “Billions”, a reference is made regarding Fudgie the Whale as the Axe Capital office group is gathering for an announcement from Dollar Bill. Ben Kim asks what this is all about and Mafee insinuates it’s someone birthday. He then states that they are all getting a Fudgie the Whale. Kim then replies that he’s 99 percent sure that Mafee is lying but the one percent is bursting with hope that he is not.
In season 2, episode 3 of HBO’s show Looking, which takes place in san Francisco a coworker receives a Fudgie the Whale cake during a birthday celebration and exclaims, “What’d you guys do, ship this from Long Island?”