Much controversy over the origin of the word "Jimmies" the now-trademarked name for the chocolate sprinkles on ice cream. I had heard Jimmies was a derogatory name for black people and Jimmies (the dark sprinkles) were a take on that. The other explanations: A slang form of Jim-Jams (useless knick-knacks) and a guy named Jimmie working the machine.Though I can determine Jimmies were invented by Samuel Born, of the lollipop and marshmallow peep fame, I cannot find the origin of the word any help?