Taste the Trend: Make a ‘Spaghetti’ Sundae

09/12/2013 at 01:32 PM ET

Dolce Gelateria Spaghetti Gelato Sundae
Courtesy Dolce Gelateria

Have ice cream and a Ziploc bag? You can try New York’s newest dessert craze: the Spaghetti Sundae.

Served at the Dolce Gelateria in New York City, Spaghettieis—a treat invented in Germany in the 1960s—is actually vanilla gelato pushed through a pasta maker to form noodle-like strings. Think of your old Play-doh Fun Factory, but with ice cream!

To finish off the savory illusion, the “pasta” is topped with “marinara” (strawberry or raspberry sauce), “meatballs” (small scoops of chocolate gelato) and “grated cheese” (coconut shavings). So cute, right?

While the artisans at Dolce Gelateria use industrial pasta machines to turn out their noodles, you can make this sundae at home with much simpler supplies. All you need is a pastry bag or potato ricer, ice cream and some toppings. Here’s the scoop:

Spaghetti Sundae

Vanilla ice cream

Whipped cream

Strawberry or raspberry sauce (store-bought or homemade)

Chocolate ice cream

Coconut flakes or grated white chocolate

1. Place a bowl in the freezer and a carton of vanilla ice cream in the fridge, both for 15 minutes. (The ice cream will need to soften a little.)

2. Place a dollop of whipped cream in the chilled bowl. Scoop the ice cream into a ricer or pastry bag, and squeeze the “noodles” on top.

3. Top with strawberry or raspberry sauce, two tiny scoops of chocolate ice cream, and a sprinkle of coconut flakes or grated white chocolate.

See a Spaghetti Sundae come together in this video:

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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