A blogging friend, JADE,  stopped by yesterday and commented on my last post. She asked if I remembered what those little things were called that were put on top of ice cream. I called them sprinkles, some call them jimmie’s.Ididn’t much care for them growing up.. I liked my ice cream bare! Doing some research I found out that it does depend on what area of the country you live in as to what they are called.In California they call them sprinkles. There are many cupcake companies that use them in the title of their business even. If you’re a resident of Philadelphia, Boston and many parts of New England, you might ask for jimmie’s if you want those tiny cylindrical candies on your ice cream. New Yorkers and a majority of other people call them Sprinkles.So where does the jimmies name come from? Popular legend has it that the Just born candy company in Bethlehem, PA began producing sprinkles in the 1930s and, since a gentleman named Jimmy ran the sprinkles machine, the product was naturally nicknamed after its maker. Some people think that jimmie’s are a specific color like chocolate and sprinkles are multi-colored. Whatever they are in your neck of the woods, they are a nice addition to your ice cream selection. I use them most on cookies and cupcakes and I always called them sprinkles. They do make them look more colorful.

Mom and Dad preferred vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s syrup all over it. If they didn’t have any then  Mom would make homemade chocolate syrup. That tended to be even better than the Hershey’s. I liked Strawberry swirled and still do. I also like Black Cherry with big pieces of Black Cherry inside. I don’t eat much ice cream now days but when I do it’s almost always vanilla or the strawberry swirled inside it. Do I eat it straight from the carton?? Well…. YES.. I admit I have been known to. DON’T YOU??? You can confess to it. I just have a tiny blog.. NO ONE is gonna know. LOL… Whatever way you like it…we all enjoy our ice cream our own special way.. it’s all good!!!



I was a caregiver for the elderly on and off for over 30 years.I am now retired and enjoying a new life. I love blogging and have kept a personal journal for 40 years. I enjoy the freedom of being creative and interacting with the millions of other bloggers in the world.I love learning the new things that the computer world has to offer. I have made friends that will last a lifetime blogging, something I never ever thought would happen. I hope you enjoy my blog,and will continue to visit me in the future.

6 responses »

  1. I loved the chocolate ones, we called them jimmies. My absolute favorite is Hagen Das vanilla bean ice cream with hot fudge, although it’s been awhile since I’ve done this. And yes, I have eaten out of the carton; for me, it’s okay to do so when it’s a pint or smaller. Some ice cream brands have a single serving package, which helps keep me in control 🙂

  2. I used to hate going for some icecream only to open the carton and find maybe a tablespoon of it left! The boys would chip away at it in the carton and rather than just finish it off..they’d leave that tablespoon or so and man, when your mouth is set for ice cream,there’s not a fate a lot worse. Used to make me so mad! Why not throw away the box I would ask? They always said “Thought you’d be mad if it was all gone”. wasn’t? 🙂

  3. We call them 110s and 1000s over here. Hundreds and Thousands of colourful little sugar pieces. They work well on a buttered toast for children’s birthday parties.

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