Spaghettieis is a popular dessert that is served in German ice cream parlours.  It is, however, little known outside of the country having apparently been invented here.  As such, many visitors are not aware of it and do not know what it is.

To make Spaghettieis a portion of whipped cream is first placed on a plate or into a bowl.  Then vanilla ice cream is put into a machine or hand-held press which pushes it through a disc with holes in.  The ice cream passes through the holes and lands on the cream, giving it the spaghetti form.

After this, the ice cream “spaghetti” is covered in strawberry sauce and grated flakes of white chocolate are used for the final garnish.

The result looks like this:

Spaghettieis - Ice cream made to look like Spaghetti


Then, whilst you are eating the ice cream, the whipped cream sometimes starts to solidify, giving it an interesting texture.

A cross-section of a spaghettieis

A cross-section of a spaghettieis - the solidified cream is visible under the vanilla ice cream

Some shops also offer variations on the traditional Spaghettieis, such as:

  • Kinderspaghetti – a smaller version for children
  • Schokoladenspagetti – with chocolate sauce instead of strawberry
  • Spaghettieis Spezial – garnished with slices of fresh fruit

and there are also other ice cream dishes created similarly to look like Italian cuisine:

  • Pizzaeis – vanilla ice served on a plate with fruit toppings
  • Lasagne – layers of ice cream

Finally, if you use bigger holes to push the ice cream through and serve the result lengthwise on a plate, it is supposed to look like Asparagus.

To make Spaghettieis at home, you can use a Spätzlepresse – normally used to make Swabian noodles.  You can buy these at specialist kitchen suppliers, eg.


A "Spätzlepresse"


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. True, I have never seen Spaghettieis outside of Germany. My children have eaten plenty of it over the years in Germany, though.

    Pretty nifty idea to use a Spätzlepresse to make the same dish at home…;)

  2. Oh my, Spaghettieis looks delicious! Having never had it myself, I may have to try to make it! Have you ever made it at home using a Spätzlepresse?

  3. Not yet, we did try it with a mashed potato press (which makes long strands of mashed potato) but the holes were too small so we were getting too much resistance from the ice cream.

    We will try again! But first I have to find a supplier of the correct strawberry sauce.


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