In 1936 two friends, Len and Albert, opened an ice cream parlour in Manners St, Wellington. Little did they know that their humble venture would grow to become a national icon loved by generations of New Zealanders. Len and Albert soon began making their own ice cream. Not waiting for big ideas from overseas, they were innovators from the beginning.
Len and Albert launched their first novelty ice cream bar in the early 1950’s – Eskimo Pie is an oldie but a goodie and is still loved today. Then came their first ice cream on a stick, Topsy (named after one of Len’s favourite cows). In 1962, these Kiwi upstarts 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. Tip Top’s innovation has been the key to its success, Tip Top has produced iconic products that stand the test of time like Jelly Tip, Choc Bar, Trumpet and Memphis Meltdown – the first triple dipped ice cream on the planet!
Tip Top today… In a country with the world’s best milk and cream, the purest water, the sweetest fruit and richest flavours, it’s no surprise Tip Top is the world’s best ice cream – and it’s made right here in NZ. At Tip Top we mix our passion for ice cream with Kiwi ingenuity and real ingredients to create the most loved ice cream for every Kiwi, for every generation. We’re proud to be the home of ‘Kiwi as’ names like Trumpet, Fruju, Jelly Tip, Choc Bar, Memphis Meltdown and Popsicle – not to mention that quintessential ice cream flavour, Hokey Pokey.
We employ around 400 people to make around 50 million litres of ice cream each year – enough to fill over 6,000 classrooms. (Wouldn’t that be fun?). So welcome to a world where a lot of love and a little Kiwi magic goes a long way in creating fantastic ice cream that has been part of New Zealanders’ lives for 75 years and counting…