Spaghettieis (German pronunciation: [ʃpaˈɡɛtiˌaɪs]) is a German ice cream dish made to look like a plate of spaghetti. In the dish, vanilla ice cream is extruded through a modified Spätzle press or potato ricer, giving it the appearance of spaghetti. It is then placed over whipped cream and topped with strawberry sauce (to simulate tomato sauce) and either coconut flakes, grated almonds, or white chocolate shavings to represent the parmesan cheese.
Spaghettieis was created by Dario Fontanella in the late 1960s in Mannheim, Germany.
Although it is not well known outside Germany, it can be found at some gelaterias and specialty ice cream parlors, at special events and at some hotels and restaurants around the world.
- Creator Dario Fontanella recalls serving children the Spaghettieis, who broke into tears because they wanted ice cream and not a plate of spaghetti.
- Dario Fontanella received the "Bloomaulorden" in 2014, an order awarded by the city of Mannheim.
- Besides the usual dish with strawberry sauce, one may also find variations like ice cream with dark chocolate ice cream and nuts, simulating Spaghetti Carbonara instead of Spaghetti Bolognese.