Free Ice Cream Cone Today at Carvel — April 27, 2017

You can get a free junior ice cream cone filled with your choice of vanilla or chocolate soft-serve ice cream at participating locations of Carvel ice cream shoppes today between 3:00 in the afternoon at 8:00 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time during the annual Free Cone Day — but if you want toppings on your ice cream cone, you will be charged for them.

Free Ice Cream Cone Today at Carvel — April 27, 2017

Whether or not the new Cookie Butter flavor of ice cream — which is only available until Sunday, May 28, 2017 and could be a favorite of frequent fliers of Delta Air Lines because Lotus Biscoff cookies are amongst the ingredients — is a part of this promotion is unknown.

Dairy QueenBen & Jerry’s and even Rita’s once again beat Carvel to the punch earlier this year with their own promotions…

Support the American Red Cross

…but even better is that you will have an opportunity to support the National Day of Giving of the American Red Cross — an organization to which I have donated double amounts of platelets greater than 125 times. Starting today and until supplies last, Carvel will offer a coupon book for the cost of one dollar. The coupon book contains greater than $20.00 in savings, with all proceeds from the sales of the coupon books to be donated to support the disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross. The goal today is to reach a minimum of $20,000.00 in donations, which will be a part of the greater than $145,000.00 contributed in total by Carvel since first creating a partnership with the organization in 2012.

Of course, you can support the National Day of Giving without visiting a Carvel ice cream shoppe.

History of Carvel in Brief

Carvel is an iconic brand of ice cream in the New York metropolitan area which has endured a history as twisted as the soft ice cream served at its locations. Since Tom Carvel founded the first retail ice cream company in the United States back in 1934 as the result of a flat tire on his ice cream truck in Hartsdale, New York during Memorial Day weekend and realizing that people enjoyed the melting ice cream when he sold out of product within two days, Carvel had grown into a chain of greater than 850 ice cream shoppes — many of which were located within the New York metropolitan area and southern Florida.

After Tom Carvel sold the corporation to an investment group based in Bahrain in 1989, a private equity firm based in Atlanta purchased a controlling interest in Carvel in 2001 and created a company which currently franchises and operates fewer than 400 ice cream shoppes worldwide — a significant decrease from the aforementioned number of locations in its heyday.

I mentioned this brief history of Carvel in case you might be having a difficult time finding a location, as the brand seems to have unfortunately lost its way within the past decade. I find it ironic that the private equity firm and its subsidiary which control Carvel are both headquartered in Atlanta; and yet there are only four Carvel ice cream shoppes within the entire state of Georgia — none of which are in Atlanta.

To me, that would be like the company headquarters of Hilton being based in McLean in Virginia but having only four hotel properties in the entire state.

Courtney Bufford — who is employed in the guest relations department at Carvel — responded to an inquiry from me last year that “We are preparing to expand our operations, primarily through franchise development and we hope that there will be more in the Atlanta area soon.”

Carvel has supposedly been expanding by bringing its famous ice cream to the cinnamon bun stores of Cinnabon and the giant soft pretzels of Auntie Anne’s — as well as Moe’s Southwest Grill and Schlotzsky’s Deli. All of those enterprises are owned by Focus Brands, which is the same parent company as Carvel.

Summary

Carvel may not serve the best ice cream in the world; but for me, the key ingredient is that enjoying Carvel ice cream and shakes was a part of my formative years when I resided in New York. I still get excited at the prospect of visiting a Carvel ice cream shoppe location, as the thought of soft chocolate ice cream in a sugar cone with sprinkles brings out the little kid in me.

If you are fortunate enough to either be located near a Carvel ice cream shoppe — or at least will pass by a participating location sometime today — please enjoy a free ice cream cone for me, as I will be unable to participate due to no Carvel ice cream shoppe being conveniently location near me.

As the late Tom Carvel would say in his gravelly voice at the conclusion of his homemade television commercials: “Thank you.”

Source: Carvel.

5 thoughts on “Free Ice Cream Cone Today at Carvel — April 27, 2017”

  1. lopere says:

    Battery deals, garbage bags on closeout…and now free junior size ice cream cones which usually cost a buck.

    Keep up the fascinating content boarding area!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      “Garbage bags on closeout”?

      What article was this, lopere?!?

  2. EJ says:

    Brian, I don’t mean to be rude, but I don’t find these articles to be very practical for this blog. Many of the deals you promote are only for a certain region or parts of the country. You have some great articles that are a bit more broad about travel or current events–keep those up please.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are not being rude at all, EJ.

      In fact, I truly appreciate the constructive input; and I prefer to see more of it. I thank you for it and will keep it in mind.

  3. rmh says:

    major run-on sentence…

    “Since Tom Carvel founded the first retail ice cream company in the United States back in 1934 as the result of a flat tire on his ice cream truck in Hartsdale, New York during Memorial Day weekend and realizing that people enjoyed the melting ice cream when he sold out of product within two days, Carvel had grown into a chain of greater than 850 ice cream shoppes — many of which were located within the New York metropolitan area and southern Florida.”

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