Cookie Puss was by far the scariest dessert of the 1970s

Do you remember this frightening ice cream cake alien?

Image: Carvel

By the time the 1970s rolled around, almost all of the snacks and treats we know and love today were already around. But the disco decade saw the rise of some new and unusual foods and recipes too, some of which are unsurprisingly not around today. 

No treat was more out-of-this-world than Cookie Puss, the giant human-shaped ice cream cake adorned with frosting, cookies, sprinkles and an ice cream cone for a nose . 

Why does Cookie Puss warrant its own retrospective, you might ask? For those of you who don't remember, Cookie Puss was one of Carvel's signature ice cream cakes it sold at one of its nationwide stores. The cake debuted around the same time as Hug-Me-Bear and Fudgie the Whale.

But it's the backstory that makes this cake truly unique, and not necessarily in a good way.  

Legend has it Cookie Puss was originally an alien named Celestial Person born on the planet Birthday. To blend in with human society, Celestial Person changed its initials "C.P." to stand for the Cookie Puss. 

Sure, Cookie Puss tasted good. But its unusual physique and high-pitched voice also haunted our dreams for the better part of the decade. When the 1980s rolled around, Carvel gave us another nightmare: Cookie Puss' Irish cousin, Cookie O'Puss. 

Can you think of a better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with this?

Cookie O'Puss was followed by Cupie Puss, made especially for Valentine's Day. The alien invasion of ice cream cake was in full swing until the 1990s when people finally got tired of eating extraterrestrial cake for their birthday.

But the most frightening thing about Cookie Puss is that the cake is still around. Yep, you can purchase a Cookie Puss cake from any Carvel store for about $30. When March rolls around you can bet Cookie O'Puss will show up too. 

Do you remember having a Cookie Puss cake to celebrate a special occasion? Better yet, are you craving one now?

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