ICE CREAM: 5 Big Differences in Germany & USA

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As an American living in Germany, I have noticed some differences between ice cream in Germany and the USA!! So in this video here are 5 of those big ice cream differences in Germany & America.
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So my question for you is: do you eat ice cream on your lunch break? And do you prefer ice cream in a cone or in a cup, or are you not a fan or ice cream at all?
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13 Mai 2018



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tnoor Vor 2 Tage
Cup or cone: Depends on my mood. Sometimes I just want icecream, then it's in a cup. Other times I have a crave for a Wundertüte = cone. But the best way for me to eat icecream is in a nice glass. Given it is in a nice café. Icecream / lunch break: It kind of makes sense cause well... most icecream is richer in calories than some regular lunch food :).
Evie M
Evie M Vor 7 Tage
I heard about Spaghetti Eis in my high school German class; It's one of the things I want to try in Germany
Vincent Baron
Vincent Baron Vor Monat
Here in Hamburg a lot of ice cream stores are open in winter, but they sell cake and cookies like Apfelstrudel :)
john ciphero
john ciphero Vor 2 Monate
now i want ic cream. good thing im german XD
Jon Gee
Jon Gee Vor 4 Monate
Not being able to get ice except for the summer must be a cultural thing.
Thomas Prötzsch
Thomas Prötzsch Vor 4 Monate
It is not uncommon in germany to try ice cream. Especially if you ask what kind of ice tastes like you might get a small portion on a ice spoon to try it.
Corey Jenkins
Corey Jenkins Vor 5 Monate
Was für ICE isst du am liebsten?
Corey Jenkins
Corey Jenkins Vor 5 Monate
Schöne Grüße Dana! Ich habe den Video so lieb wie immer! Und ich verstehe was du meinst jetzt dass du darüber gesprochen hast. Dass erwachsene kein ICE an einem Normalen Tag esse in den USA. Aber dass sie das in Deutschland tun! Daran dachte ich nicht seit du was darüber sagtest. 😂😂 es ist lustig! Aber ich esse ice gern an Tag! Am liebsten Haselnuss! Und in einem Becher!😂😂
JaninaStormborn Vor 5 Monate
Taste samples are a thing in the Netherlands as well. Never had that in Germany :D
Caitlin Cole
Caitlin Cole Vor 6 Monate
Hey Dana! I live in the US, and here in Pennsylvania, many of our ice cream shops close during the winter as we typically experience winter weather for about 6 months out of the year. Shops usually open in early May and close by October. Maybe a lot of ice cream shops stayed open because you lived in warmer-weather Florida?
Victoria B.
Victoria B. Vor 6 Monate
there are some places in munich, where they ask you always to try some different sorts of ice-cream! for example here: www.ballabeni.de/stammhaus.php (Theresienstraße 46)... And by the way, it tastes great ;)
Carol Gage
Carol Gage Vor 7 Monate
Ice cream on lunch break: In my 20’s and 30’s, I would sometimes eat just a salad or half sandwich, so that I would have enough room for ice cream. In the 1960’s I was a child, and mother worked. On her birthday one year, she came home and bragged that she had a 3-scoop banana split as lunch that day! Back to the present: a neighbor lady told me that she eats a scoop of ice cream every single night year round.
Louisa Stoll
Louisa Stoll Vor 7 Monate
A taste test is sometimes offered to children. They can try a spoon if the seller notices that they don't know what they would like to have :)
Mindy Cope
Mindy Cope Vor 7 Monate
Waffle cone!
Rob F
Rob F Vor 7 Monate
Comparable to spaghetti ice cream what imitates a meal is a dessert, that looks like fried eggs. You use vanilla pudding for the white part and half peaches (from the can) for the yellow part.
Karsten S
Karsten S Vor 7 Monate
i love Ben & Jerry‘s but, it is very expenisve in germany
Kate Wood
Kate Wood Vor 7 Monate
Hmm. I grew up in the Northeast U.S. and the local family owned ice cream places, especially the ones that primarily served soft serve ice cream, would only be open in summer, while the chain ice cream places like Baskin Robbins or Carvel would be open all year.
Carissa N
Carissa N Vor 7 Monate
Ice cream places definitely close in the winter if you're from a colder state.
HoneyMaty Vor 7 Monate
Hi, I never thought that ice-cream is something special what I can eat only as a celebration of something :-o it is as normal as to got a coca-cola
Schnörkel Fenja
Schnörkel Fenja Vor 7 Monate
Ice cream is just sooooo wonderful. I think there is no other food that I can eat as much of. The lives of adults that almost never eat ice cream must be so sad. And yes, vegans can enjoy wonderful ice cream, too!
dcseain Vor 8 Monate
When I worked for the US Department of Defense, my co-workers and k would often go for ice cream mid-afternoon. There was an ice cream shop in the same development our office was in. Likewise when I worked in DC, we'd walk out together for ice cream around 3.
strawberii Vor 8 Monate
Did you visit ,,der verrückte Eismacher" in Munich? I love his ice cream and he offers special flavours like ,,Apfelpfannkuchen" or ,,Zitronenbonbon"
Lame Goldfish
Lame Goldfish Vor 8 Monate
Often, when I have smtg sweet, like cake or ice cream, I like having black coffee with it. It is nice to go between sweet and bitter.
Marie Lin
Marie Lin Vor 8 Monate
A taste test would be awesome someone should invent that 😅 And yes I saw a shop selling ice cream in winter and I did think "woooow ice cream in winter, fancy" I have my ice cream always in a cup, not a fan of the licking from a cone 😂 And I'm quite adventurous with the flavors last time I tried "rote Beete-Apfel" - well at least I can say I've tried it 😂😂 there are better flavors though
Julia Vor 8 Monate
Yes, I eat ice cream during lunch break. And I always order a cone as it is less trash :)
kaizoebara Vor 8 Monate
I've been offered samples here in Germany. It is not very common, but it happens.
Determined Di
Determined Di Vor 8 Monate
Depending where you live, the cost of taking the family out for ice cream can be expensive. I think for adults, it's more common to go get a cup of coffee or iced coffee (if hot out) . I live in the USA.
Rika me
Rika me Vor 8 Monate
You just have to ask for a taste test. Like for everything in germany. We're pretty friendly and you can taste the ice cream. Just go for it!
K J Vor 9 Monate
What you buy at the Italian Gelateria is EIS (frozen water) not EISKREME (milk ice cream). If you want milk in it, you buy Milcheis.
Xilluci Vor 9 Monate
I like it in a cup, because I don't allowed to eat in cone because of gluten. :(
Rex McStiller
Rex McStiller Vor 9 Monate
I like ice cream in a waffle cup.
Emi Sizzy
Emi Sizzy Vor 9 Monate
I love ur videos
Julius B
Julius B Vor 9 Monate
Ive Seen sometime tasting sorts of ice cream
Franzi Ska
Franzi Ska Vor 9 Monate
Also ich kenne keine Eisdiele die im Winter schließt also ist das so nicht ganz richtig
Schattenelfin Vor 9 Monate
I normally order spaghetti ice cream as they often put flavours I don´t like into the common bowls (like nut or banana, which I actually like as the thing itself). So easiest way is getting a spaghetti ice cream, which you often can order in different types, eg with kiwi sauce, with chocolate sauce and banana or chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce and nuts, just to mention a few.
Daniel Kamen
Daniel Kamen Vor 9 Monate
In meiner alten Firma kam während des Sommers immer ein Eiswagen auf den Parkplatz^^
MacGuffin Vor 9 Monate
The way ice cream places in Germany close in the winter reminds me of sno-ball stands in Louisiana. (look up sno-ball on Wiki... not the same as snow cones) Traditionally, they would all start to open around March or April and close in October. It was so satisfying to have one on a warm day after months of having none, but the wait was kind of annoying because I like cold treats even when it's cold. Thankfully, I know of at least 2 places around me who started staying open all year round and I love it. They also started selling a store bought version in limited flavors in some stores' ice cream sections, but they're not as good as the ones you get freshly made, even when you microwave it a little to soften the ice. I guess I am like the Germans. I more often get ice cream randomly with friends and family than for a special occasion.
Semele Haynes
Semele Haynes Vor 9 Monate
Aurora B
Aurora B Vor 9 Monate
In Italy people always eat ice cream while walking, during the day, during the evening, young and old, with friends, family or alone. The only time I go to ice cream parlours and sit and order big elaborated cups of ice cream is when I'm in Germany or Austria. My dad's favourite is Heiße Liebe!
BeckaSM16 Vor 10 Monate
I live in Prague, and while I don't think I've ever been specifically asked if I want a sample, I haven't been turned down if I've asked for one. Also, while we've never gone out during our lunch break, my co-workers and I have been known to go out for ice cream just because.
HansKuhlmann Vor 10 Monate
Not every ice cram cafe is closed in winter, especially in shopping malls they are open throughout the year.
Ravenblood Vor 10 Monate
I’m Italian and I can confirm that the same thing happens in Italy. You are not told you can try the various ice cream flavors, but sometimes it could happen if there is a new favor and the guys are kind. However, since I went to the US I ask to try the different ice cream flavors even if the guy stares at me in a quite annoyed and unpleasant way. I don’t really care though, I mean, it is my right to know what I am going to it, right? 😂
Patrick Heichel
Patrick Heichel Vor 10 Monate
So if you happen to come across one of the "Russian Supermarkets" in the "russian areas" in german towns (such as the store called "MixMax" - try their Vanilla Ice Cream - it is awesome ... so is their sweet woodruff flavour lemonade (called "Raduga" = Rainbow).
Kai SO
Kai SO Vor 10 Monate
In our Campany the chef giff us icecreme on hot days!
Fabienne Williams
Fabienne Williams Vor 10 Monate
You made me miss the Ice cream from Germany 😥
Ali Sina
Ali Sina Vor 10 Monate
I have had hummus ice cream in Tel Aviv ... and saw some dairy free ice cream with pieces of raw whale meat in it in Japan, but did not have the guts to try it... In Java you can get ice cream from coconut milk and pandan juice which is gorgeous.
민지야 Vor 10 Monate
I scream, you scream, gimme that gimmr that ice cream
Jesse Andersen
Jesse Andersen Vor 10 Monate
I think that’s just because you’re from a warm state. I’m from New England and all the ice cream stores close for the winter
Anne Vor 10 Monate
Wanted Adventure I think it´s a little bit different in the north of Germany. Here are most of the places where you can buy fresh ice cream also open in winter (the whole year). We don´t care how the weather is, even if it´s freezing cold outside an tasty ice cream fits always (at least then the ice cream doesn´t melt that fast) and if you ask you can taste test the ice cream (maybe just one or two and not all flavors).
Büchernarr _
Büchernarr _ Vor 10 Monate
The cafés close in winter, because they are mostly italian and drives back to Italia
itsjustsami Vor 10 Monate
In my town the ice cream shops close in winter because they're all run by Italians, and in the winter they go back home to Italy because they wouldn't make a lot of money selling ice cream in winter anyway
luna wolf
luna wolf Vor 10 Monate
Are there icecream trucks in Germany
Selina Thorn
Selina Thorn Vor 10 Monate
Ice cream!!! I could eat it every time!
FennicYoshi Vor 10 Monate
Wait, you get taste tests for ice cream in the US? Have I been missing out in Australia?
Evrey Vor 10 Monate
In Germany, you as the client ask for a taste test. Not everyone might grant it, but so far I haven't been denied one. Be it ice cream, cheese, sausage or gammon, wine, or even mustard. Sometimes a taste test is offered by the shopkeeper in the form of sample snacks on a tray. I found that an elegant way to ask for a taste test is to ask what stuff tastes like. Then, in turn, the shop keep might offer the test in response to the question.
Mike Böhnisch
Mike Böhnisch Vor 10 Monate
I don't just eat ice cream during breaks. Summer and the italian ice cream go together, as a german :)
catchytuna Vor 10 Monate
Still don't understand why it's so strange to eat ice cream casually 😂🙈
xoxfangirlxox Vor 10 Monate
In canada it's normal for anyone to get ice cream at any point. Adults go to ice cream shops all the time for themselves and it's completely normal.
Lisa Müller
Lisa Müller Vor 10 Monate
Natürlich gibt es eis im Winter und man kann auch probieren...
Manuela Kleuker
Manuela Kleuker Vor 10 Monate
In Germany you can ask if you may test the taste. It’s often ok.
dreasbn Vor 10 Monate
Wenn man freundlich fragt, kann man zumindest hier in Berlin immer vorher etwas probieren.. man bekommt es vielleicht nicht angeboten, ist mir aber auch schon passiert und hängt vielleicht auch davon ab, wie lange die Schlange hinter einem ist :-) und Eis essen, so wie ich das aber auch aus anderen Ländern in Europa kenne, gehört halt im Sommer zum ggf. täglichen Ritual in einer Pause, nach Dienstschluss, wann immer es einem danach ist....
Amelie Sophie
Amelie Sophie Vor 10 Monate
I am from Germany and only one from 30 ice cream shops closed for the winter .🤔🤔🤔
essmene Vor 10 Monate
Afaik Ice Cream was brought to Germany by Italien Ice Cream Makers, whou would visit for the Summer season and go back for the winter to their hometowns - thus closing the shop at times where there was less to be earned.
0nem1leh1gh Vor 10 Monate
Almost every day. There is allways room left for ice cream.
xx xx
xx xx Vor 10 Monate
I know an ice cream shop where you can do a taste test.Nice Video!🤗
ferze001 Vor 10 Monate
the 101 on how to piss off europeans properly, #47: his favourite ice cream shop being closed while he craves icecream like a madman. don't you folks even think to dare to mess up with our icecream, you'll regret it. ^^
Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After Vor 10 Monate
Eis and döner kebabs are the foods I miss most from Germany - so good!!
Pieter van der Meulen
Pieter van der Meulen Vor 10 Monate
how about differences in men 😁
Sarah Höpfner
Sarah Höpfner Vor 10 Monate
Actually.. getting ice cream during lunch break isn't really that shocking. when I've been working part time at a pharmacy in summer while still in school, they would sometimes send me to get ice cream for everyone.. during work hours. And I've experienced the same thing during an internship as well..so yeah. Lunch break seems to be.. not all that dramatic
Fran Zi
Fran Zi Vor 10 Monate
What I also noticed while I was in the US was that they don't have the kind of ice cream I was used to from Germany - mostly texture-wise - and the only thing that came close to it was sth called "Gelato" so original Italian ice cream - which makes sense bc a lot of ice cream shops in Germany have Italian owners or make Italian-style ice cream. I just like it much more bc it's not as soft and richer in taste!
Piri Vor 10 Monate
I never ate ice cream at the lunchbreak, since I am super hungry then I need a real meal! But after work meeting up with friends/co workers eating ice is a thing I do :) And I hate the cones I always eat them in a cup.
G- Bgcg
G- Bgcg Vor 10 Monate
I love ice cream any way I can get it. The latest thing thing in the U.S is "Rolled" ice cream. They take cream or condensed milk sauce, put fruit or toppings in it, spread it around a huge, round, frozen pan and then scrape it into rolls into a cup. It's so pretty and it's incredibly delicious. I eat it all year round.
Chuck Banas
Chuck Banas Vor 10 Monate
Hmm. I've lived in the U.S. my whole life (mostly Buffalo, NY) and about half of the whipped cream I've had is unsweetened or only lightly sweetened. Perhaps unsweetened is less common in some areas of the country-I lived in Florida for two years, and in retrospect it seemed less common there.
Tobias R.
Tobias R. Vor 10 Monate
Klaro! Ich bin Polizist und wir holen uns an sehr warmen Tagen oft mal ein Eis und essen es im Auto. 😁👍🏻
K1rlia Vor 10 Monate
spaghetti eis is the best. always when I ordered something else I regret it.. :D so now I only take spaghetti eis or some ice in a cone. when I was in school the teachers would sometimes go and get some icecream with the whole class on a hot day and when I made Abitur I often went with my friends to get icecream in the break. sometimes when my family comes together and we relax in the garden 1 or 2 of us go to get icecream to take away for the whole family. mostly we order 1 spaghetti eis for each grown up and some scoops for the kids.
Ischi2007 Vor 10 Monate
If you go to ice cream parlors where they offer more unusual flavors they often ofter you a taste before purchase. Have you ever been to Eismeer in Munich? They have amazing ice cream called "Mozart" and even one with cheese that tastes real nice.
Rebekka Ferris
Rebekka Ferris Vor 10 Monate
I think a big difference is the alcohol that is offered with ice cream. Champagner becher.
Marion Mielke
Marion Mielke Vor 10 Monate
A taste-test might not be a thing here in Germany, but if you ask most stores will give you a spoon of the flavour to try😊 It a like many things in Germany: you have to ask😉
Tamara Blümling
Tamara Blümling Vor 10 Monate
Also ich mag mein Eis lieber in der Waffel. Aber als ich neulich in Griechenland im Urlaub war, musste ich dort 50 Cent zusätzlich bezahlen für die Waffel. Das ist mir vorher noch nie passiert. 🤷 Würde mich interessieren ob das in anderen Ländern auch so ist oder nur in solchen Urlaubsländern... Wenn du Spaghettieis magst kann ich dir auch das von Aldi für zu Hause empfehlen. Sehr lecker! Schönen Sommer!
Scha Le
Scha Le Vor 10 Monate
My friends and I always used to get ice cream during our lunch breaks from uni and also work. Sadly ice cream stores aren't really a thing in the UK (not to the same extend at least) so those times are over for me. ;A;
Geeraard V.
Geeraard V. Vor 10 Monate
Germans do like their ice cream, in Belgium its not that big of a deal. we do like Ice, but there arnt any good... or as good as the German/Italian shops. In large city centers you might find an "Australian" ice shop... or I do know of a good one in Antwerp, but they don't have the huge variety of flavors they have here. I've grown very fond of german Ice, and some ice on cone in the summertime... just whenever ;-)
Sven S
Sven S Vor 10 Monate
Two days ago at lunchtime suprisingly one of my colleagues come around a spent some ice for the whole Company I think because its unusual its Even more a Special thing. After watching your video and think about it i definitely agree with your obersavation As a German you never think about such normal behaviors. And Spagetti-Eis is the best After Banana-Split or a Kiwi-Becher ;)
michelle g
michelle g Vor 10 Monate
You just need to ask to taste the eis Most will give samples. The eis shops are mostly run by italians & they close to go home for the holidays as well as its a slower business season.
Michelle Hagler
Michelle Hagler Vor 10 Monate
I live in Michigan, US. And most ice cream shops here close during the winter unless they’re a franchise. Ice cream has never been considered a special treat in my family and we get it quite regularly during the summer.
D. E.
D. E. Vor 10 Monate
The test-before-buy I only experienced in Italy
medowucha Vor 10 Monate
Another one: About the ice cream in a cup - this was way more common in the 80s and 70s. I remember strongly all my folks using the cups, and just the kids getting cones. Somewhere around the early 90s the cone seemed to trend more strongly, and cups where generally used less, more like when you were going to take a lot of icecream bowls than regular with you, eg. to share it with your family or friends at home or outside.
SheratanLP Vor 10 Monate
Gibt es denn was Schöneres, als Sommer, Sonne und eine schöne Tüte Eis in der Mittagspause ? :)
medowucha Vor 10 Monate
About the "taste test": Newer or specialized Eis-Cafés - as they are correctly called in Germany - like the one nearby Munich University actually DO offer these taste tests. In regular ones, its expected of you to at least roughly know what this or that type of ice cream might taste like. Which is rather sad, because then you tend to limit yourself, expecting nasty or "not my cuppa tea" tastes of unknown ice cream types. I'd really prefer though if it was the same as in the US, ie. folks giving out "Testproben" of the ice cream if you cant decide .. :)
leidenschaftfaul Vor 10 Monate
Der verrückte Eismacher bietet Probieren an ;)
Benno Witter
Benno Witter Vor 10 Monate
I like ice cream, but since it is such a rip-off in Germany, I refuse to buy it from ice cream parlors. Since the 1980s prices for a scoop of ice cream have gone up 600 to 1,100 percent. The price of milk hasn't really changed since then, the wages haven't been raised that much and even the rent for those places can't be 10 time higher than it was in the 80s. It's a scam. And since Germans are suckers who pay anything for a scoop of frozen sugar-milk as soon as they are hit by a single ray of sunshine, they get away with it.
Jonadab the Unsightly One
The American Midwest used to be dotted with tons of little mom-and-pop ice cream shops, many of which were only open during the summer. In recent decades, most of them have closed down, probably at least partly due to pressure from the increasing proliferation of franchise chains that sell ice cream in addition to numerous other products and stay open year round. (There may be other factors as well.) A few of the summer-only ice cream places are still around, though. We still have one here in Galion. A couple of years ago there were still two, but the other one is now gone.
Zyri acus
Zyri acus Vor 10 Monate
Ice cream news cream, everybody wants Ice cream - rock oh rock my baby roll (Chris Barber)
Caro Honest
Caro Honest Vor 10 Monate
This is weird, in the city I live in here in Germany there are three ice cream shops that I go to and all three stay open in the winter. They close earlier but generally they are still open.
Levernical Vor 10 Monate
My local ice cream shop does not close for the winter
Flower Bin
Flower Bin Vor 10 Monate
They close from December through April in my town in missouri.
Capt. Beak
Capt. Beak Vor 10 Monate
Remember you grew up in Florida, you may be a little biased, up North many of the Dairy Queens only operate between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I can testify that the Dairy Store at Michigan State University sold ice cream cones all winter, winter was the best time to eat ice cream cones outside as you can take you time and not worry about it melting. You could identify the Dairy Majors back then, we were the ones wandering around munching on an ice cream cone in 20 degree weather.
Belin Da
Belin Da Vor 10 Monate
I love getting icecream with my coworkers because you can only get ice cream a few month each year. But the best thing are the ice cream trucks. Ever seen one of these? When I was a kid the ice cream truck would come into each neighborhood and turn on some music...something like a bell ringing. Then all of us started begging our parents for some coins and ran onto the street getting in line to get some ice cream. There used to be an ice cream truck that stopped right in front of my school during lunch break so we could get some ice cream. Amazing childhood memories :)
Lanni Fincoris
Lanni Fincoris Vor 10 Monate
I work in a Mall in Berlin. The shop is just beside an ice cream place. I often eat ice cream in summer. In the morning, at luchtime, in the evening.. :-) Many of the ice cream shops in Germany are still run by peolpe from Italy, in know a few. They travel to their family in winter, I used to learn whem I was a child. Don't know if this is still common.
afyns514 Vor 10 Monate
Another thing here in Germany is that school classes tend to go and buy ice cream a lot! In every school and class I've been we went to ice cream shops during the end of the school year and our teachers bought everyone ice cream. That's why ice cream shops like to open near schools :)
jana karimi
jana karimi Vor 10 Monate
had no ice cream but i Supermarket Tiramisu 😄greetings from Berlin
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