Ice Cream Name

How did Tin Roof Sundae icecream get its name? Why is it so called?

Request for Question Clarification byhummer-ga

Hi webster123,

This sounds like it could just well be it. If you agree, I'll be happy

to post it as an answer.

"…I bet it has to do with the way barns and outbuildings used to

look from a distance with their poorly galvanized roofs rusting darkly

away over a whitewashed sub-structure. Birds perched on the roof ridge

would have become peanuts for the soda jerk…"



Request for Question Clarification bypafalafa-ga

I found mention of a Tin Roof Sundae ice cream treat in a 1908

newspaper, but no mention of why it was called that…Hummer-ga's

supposition may well be the best explanation out there.


Clarification of Question bywebster123-ga

It sounds like a really good guess, from your astute intutions.

However, I need to know that this is accurate beyond a reasonable

doubt. The answer has been haunting my husband for years and he has

asked for this answer for Christmas. Yes, he IS a trivia geek. If you

can pursue this in more detail, I'd be ever so grateful. Being that

this originated in Potter, Nebraska it sounds like you are on the

right track, maybe further research into "the home of the sharpest

curve" will nail it? Can you research a bit further and provide a more

definitive answer? Thanks much!

Request for Question Clarification byhummer-ga

Hi again,

What an interesting quest! I've emailed the person who belongs to this

website: and will let you know if they get

back to me.

Researchers, feel free to answer this one (whether about Potter or

not) – sounds like we have a deadline!



Request for Question Clarification byjournalist-ga

I can only offer a guess, and here it is: Red tin was used for barn

roofs and out-building roofs as mentioned above by Hummer-ga, and it

also was the roof type/color of the first Red Roof Inns. A popular

tin color of the past. Because a Tin Roof Sundae is to be made with

red-skinned Spanish peanuts, I imagine that is how the sundae got its


Hope this helps! : )

Best regards,



"Title: Tin Roof Sundae…Assemble in a sundae dish, vanilla ice cream

and top with chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with whole red skinned Spanish

peanuts, holding the whipped cream."

Request for Question Clarification byjournalist-ga

P.S. After I posted my guess, I found someone else has made the same

guess at

"Embossed tin shingles, whose surfaces created interesting patterns,

were popular throughout the country in the late 19th century. Tin

roofs were kept well painted, usually red….Perhaps the whole Spanish

peanuts with their red skins made a sort of pattern that reminded

people of tin roofs."

Best regards,


Clarification of Question bywebster123-ga

Good work! I'm convinced. However, may we keep this open til a bit

longer to post this? Because this is a gift, I don't want to spoil a

suprise. I see that this expires 1.19.05. Should there be any peanut

unturned, I'm sure my husband will find it…Either way, can I reply

to you after the holidays to tell you he's 100% satisfied or needs a

bit more clarification? Thanks again for your help!

Request for Question Clarification byjournalist-ga

Well, I must confess that I was not acquainted with Tin Roof Sundaes

until your question appeared…now I've a hankering to try one! lol

I did run across the name Farrell's in a few online posts (related to

the Tin Roof Sundaes) so I researched that company name, too.

A Farrell's menu at mentions

"PARLOUR?S TIN ROOF $5.99 A great foundation of hot fudge and Spanish

peanuts supports two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Topped with more

creamy fudge, a tin roof of peanuts, whipped cream, and a cherry. It

brings the house." A good reference to "tin roof of peanuts" there,

and the Spanish (red) peanuts.

The page also states that Farrell's was created in 1963…a far cry

from Pafalafa's mention of 1908. Also, a recipe page at shows three Tin

Roof recipes – all contain the peanut toppings.

Perhaps more infomation will turn up to offer your husband a more

solid history of the sundae. Thanks for asking this very intriguing


Best regards,


Request for Question Clarification byhummer-ga

Hi again,

That quote that journalist-ga posted ("Embossed tin shingles, whose

surfaces created interesting patterns, were popular throughout the

country in the late 19th century…") is actually from the National

Parks Service, Preservation Brief 4 and it includes an image of the

tin shingle.

"Tin shingles, commonly embossed to imitate wod or tile, or with a

decorative design, were popular as an inexpensive, textured roofing

material. Photo: NPS files."

I hope that helps. I haven't received a reply to my email yet, will

let you know when/if I do.


Clarification of Question bywebster123-ga

Ok, the icecream info was received, however as I suspected, the answer

was far too anecdotal. Any sympathetic Alicia Nash fans would

understand my quest to provide a proven-beyond-doubt-answer for their

husband. Really. I can locate "John Nash, Jr" for you. Really. Really.

Thanks for your help. If need be, I can raise the stakes if absolutely

necessary. This is one itch I just can't scratch.

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