Tip Top splashes out on 80th

Congratulations to Tip Top on turning 80 years old this month.

From humble beginnings in an ice cream parlour in Wellington’s Manners St in 1936, the brand is now one of New Zealand’s recognisable and loved.

ttAnd to celebrate, they are the ones giving away the presents, giving away 80,000 ice creams every month and making all their iconic Trumpets just $2 right through summer.

The company still makes the Eskimo Pie, its first novelty ice cream bar from the early 1950s, and the first ice cream on a stick, the Topsy (named after one of the founders’ cows!)

In 1962, founders Len and Albert built the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most advanced centre for ice cream excellence – the ice cream factory most commonly known to Aucklanders as Tip Top Corner. 

Managing director Kim Ballinger says it wanted to share its success. "We think it's a great time to celebrate our birthday with all the New Zealanders who have also helped make Tip Top what it is today.”

Tip Top produces 23,000 metric tonnes, or 55 million litres, of ice cream every year.