german food: an ode to spaghettieis

Have you ever hunkered down over a plate of spaghetti and thought to yourself “you know, this would be better if it was made of ice cream!”  No?  Yeah, me neither.  That’s the stuff I expect from the Willy Wonkas of the world.  And apparently Dario Fontanella is an honorary Wonka because, though lacking in the department of chocolate rivers, oompa loompas, and candy landscapes, he asked and answered this very question in Germany in 1969.  The result was spaghetti ice cream (Spaghettieis), the most delightful and whimsical ice cream creation I have had the pleasure of guzzling with abandon.  Take a look:

It really looks like spaghetti, doesn’t it?  I imagine that it is made using a machine much like the one that came with the Play Dough restaurant set I had as a child.  (Yep, it is, says the internet.  Shops use a fancy automatic press, and you can make it at home with any old noodle press.)  I’ve never tried it myself, but I’m willing to bet that it’s as much fun to make as it is to eat.  A heap of noodle-shaped vanilla ice cream on a bed of whipped cream and covered in strawberry sauce and coconut chips (or nut chips)?  Yum.

But the whimsy doesn’t stop there.  Oh no!  There are other varieties.  Carbonara (with a brownish liquor sauce and nuts), and oh crap I can’t remember the rest (I was at the ice cream shop a couple of hours ago, but I’m going to have to call breastfeeding brain on this one).  Just take my word for it.  It’s a theme with a number of amusing variations.

When Spaghettieis and I met, we fell in love instantly.  It was tasty, it was novel, it was cheap (2 DM to the dollar in those days), and it was responsible for at least half of the ten pounds I gained during our month-long high school exchange.  I ate it every chance I got, which turned out to be every day during our final week in Krefeld.  But the pounds melted back off once I was out of the land of noodle ice cream and sandwiches for breakfast.  Did I say yum?

0 Comments on “german food: an ode to spaghettieis

  1. I have to admit that I just can’t get over the spaghetti-ness of Spaghettieis. Just does not get me in the mood for ice cream! But somehow I think it’s great that it’s such a hit here, makes life a bit more whimsical. 🙂

  2. I’ve still never tried it. I think mostly I’m afraid I’ll really love it and decide to have it for dinner every day during the summer. 🙂

  3. never tried it…although I’ve only seen it on sale in Germany. Doesn’t it melt really quick though? Or is the trick not to leave it on the plate too long?

  4. Mandi: Funny that you can’t get past the noodle. For me the verisimilitude isn’t quite enough for that. Besides I usually have the first bite in my mouth so fast that I don’t have time to even think about it. 🙂

    Moonwaves: Really, you have managed not to eat any of this after all your time here??! Wow. It was one of the first things I ate in Germany the first time I was here. It is probably a good decision for wallets and waistlines not to fall in love with it though…

    haveyouseen: It doesn’t melt any more quickly than any other ice cream from my experience. But I do tend to dive into it pretty quickly.

  5. Yay, Spaghettieis!
    Half of the fun when eating it as a kid was to open a ‘hole’ in the side and scoop out the cream beneath it. (Who am I kidding – it still is!)

    The “Parmesan” on top is usually white chocolate chips, btw.

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