Ice cream, and less restrictions

Today was the first day that I have sat down at a restaurant or ice cream parlour for three months. Actually, it was outside at the Epinay Eiscafé in Oberursel.

Erdbeerbecher at the Epinay Eiscafé in Oberursel

Also today, some restrictions have been reduced so that events can now take place with up to 250 people and shops can allow more people in than previously. However large events look set to be cancelled until October.

And on Monday, the primary schools return to normal class sizes, although social distancing still has to be observed outside the classroom and some subjects such as sport will still not be taught.


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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