Ice Cream (Eis) in Germany is simply a staple Germany and a must-have while in the country, especially in the warmer months. When the weather starts to warm up in the Spring, then you know the local Eis/Gelato shops are starting to make their seasonal openings for locals and travelers to enjoy. I usually start the season for ice cream/gelato off with a Spaghetti Eis.
Ok, I know you’re probably thinking, wait, “Spaghetti” as an ice cream?! Simply a name for this special type of ice cream sundae treat, the ice cream does indeed look like spaghetti. It is vanilla ice cream pushed inside a special press (Spätzle press) that makes the ice cream look like thin Spaghetti. But, wait, that’s not all; the ice cream is then layered on top of whipped cream (Sahne) filling (usually on the bottom), the filling gives the ice cream a nice creamy, light taste. The vanilla ice cream is then topped with strawberry sauce and shaved white chocolate to make the ice cream look like spaghetti with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.
But fear not, if you aren’t a strawberry lover, the ice cream also comes in various toppings. You can also choose from other spaghetti eis flavors like the one I ordered below that I love, banana and dark chocolate combo. It’s a delicious dessert that’s a must when you visit a local gelato shop that offers these treats.
I love a good Spaghetti Eis once the weather starts to get nice enough to eat outside the local gelato shop.
History of Spaghetti Eis
Believe it or not, the Spaghetti Eis was invented in the 1960s by 18 year old, Dario Fontanella, the son of an Italian immigrant. Dario’s family has a long history in the Gelato business from Italy and is known for their specialty in Germany. Dario became an owner of the gelato shop in Mannheim, Germany called Eis Fontanella. He wanted his specialty to resemble his Italian heritage and is now a staple in the German culture and gelato shops around the country.
Copy Cat Recipe
I haven’t tried this recipe, but I am easily going to put it on my to-do list along with buying a Späetzle press. Here’s an Amazon link to a press that may be good if you cannot find one near you.
Here is a Copy Cat Recipe from the Spaghetti Eis Company that may be a good recipe to try.
If you are not able try this sweet treat in Germany, I hope you can make this and experience how wonderful Spaghetti Eis is! Happy Food Finds!