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Cool Ice Cream Panettone Flavor at Rocambolesc Gelateria 2foodtrippers

Crazy Cool Ice Cream Feast in Girona

In Food Travel, Spain, Videos by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch17 Comments

Rocambalesc Gelateria serves cool ice cream with a Willy Wonka style. Watch our VIDEO to see this unique Costa Brava ice cream shop in Girona Spain.

Panettone Ice Cream - Crazy Cool Ice Cream Feast in Girona Spain

Candy canes, multicolored swirls and a wall of eccentricities greet you as you enter Jordi Roca’s ultra chic and ultra fun Rocambolesc Gelateria ice cream shop – ice pops made of Girona icons, candy bars with a design seemingly lifted from Willie Wonka and a flavor wall filled with a list that requires minutes of careful perusal.  This compact gelateria celebrates ice cream while elevating the simple dessert to a higher level. Decor aside, this shop is notable for the quality product worthy to carry the Roca name.

Jordi Roca, the youngest brother and pastry chef in the clan responsible for the Michelin three-star powerhouse El Celler de Can Roca, runs the ice cream shop’s four locations when he’s not working at Cellar. To do this, he utilizes the restaurant’s dessert team to create the rich, smooth, flavorful soft serve ice cream and gourmet toppings that speak to the Roca brothers’ high level of gastronomy. Liquid topping options like the multiple apple compotes and purées that top the baked apple ice cream are intensely defined yet balanced. Even the candy cookie toppings are elevated beyond typical ice cream shop varieties.

Yes, when you eat ice cream at Rocambalesc Gelateria, you are eating ice cream and toppings prepared by Michelin three-star pastry chefs!

Pro Tip:  Rocambolesc Gelateria is always crowded but well worth the queue. Not everybody can score a reservation at exclusive El Celler de Can Roca (currently ranked #2 in the world), but everybody can enjoy the Roca family’s world-class ice cream.

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What to Eat at Rocambalesc Gelateria

Rocambolesc Gelateria serves a selection of six flavors at any one time. Since pastry chefs make the ice cream with milk instead of cream, the resulting product has a lighter soft-serve texture. But don’t think that quality is sacrificed with this approach. Our favorite ice creams, the baked apple and panettone, have a creamy texture, while the yogurt has a flavor profile that is both bright and tart.

The real magic happens with the addition of the toppings. Although the shop allows customers to choose from 34 toppings, most people go for the suggested combinations. It’s hard to imagine a better combination than baked apple ice cream topped with caramelized apples, baked apple and shortbread cookies unless it’s panettone ice cream topped with candied fruit, sugar pearls and dark chocolate (pictured above). Both are true feasts for the eyes and mouth.

Ice Cream Toppings - Crazy Cool Ice Cream Feast in Girona Spain

The unique toppings at Rocambalesc Gelateria are beautiful and colorful. You can pick your own or leave it to the server.

Made to order in the shop, candy floss, known as cotton candy in North America, is the star topping. Eating a cone or cup with candy floss on top will make the most sophisticated adult feel like a kid at the circus. At least that’s how we felt while eating a cup of yogurt drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with a candy floss crown.

Ice Cream with Candy Floss - Crazy Cool Ice Cream Feast in Girona Spain

This sweet candy floss, also known as cotton candy, provides a sweet contrast to the tart yogurt. Plus it’s fun to eat and looks good for the camera.

Tasting Tip:  Though ice cream is the shop’s main event, Rocambolesc Gelateria also serves a treat called Panet – a hot bricoche stuffed with cool ice cream and lots of toppings. Trust us, you will want to try a Panet during your visit.

Crazy Cool Ice Cream Feast in Girona Video

Watch our video to see what it’s like to eat crazy, cool ice cream at Rocambolesc Gelateria in Girona. 

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Rocambolesc Gelateria’s flagship shop is located at Carrer de Santa Clara, 50, 17001 Girona, Spain, with additional locations in Platja d’Aro, Barcelona and Madrid.


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We thank Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona for supporting our visit to Costa Brava. We also thank the team at Rocambalesc Gelateria for their generous hospitality.

Rocambalesc Gelateria serves cool ice cream with a Willy Wonka style. Watch our VIDEO to see this unique Costa Brava ice cream shop in Girona.

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Comments

  1. That must really be a feast and the candy floss is special to photograph as evidenced by your photo.

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      We loved the candy floss, or as we call it, cotton candy!

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      You will love cotton candy on ice cream. It’s a wonderful combination!

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      Lara – you will love Costa Brava and Rocambolesc. Definitely add both to your list.

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      The toppings were so uniques and delicious. In fact, we’re craving them now!

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      The ice cream wasn’t so sweet, in fact the yoghurt was on the tart side. The toppings, however, were indeed sweet. Everything was delicious, so I’m sure you will find the perfect combination when you visit.

  2. Oh, ho, ho!!! We always travel with the kids and boy would they LOVE this!!! They have favorites but I know the candy floss would be a must try – it looks so delicate!! We find food a great way to explore and enjoy a destination!

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      Your kids will be in ice cream heaven but so will you. Rocambolesc is a great spot for kids of all ages!

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      Sure – just get on a plane to Girona. You won’t be sorry!

  3. Oh, my! Thanks so much for a guide to this tempting treat in Girona. Aside from beer, we always love to grab a gelato when we visit a new place. Great way to get a nice refreshing flavor of a destination. Also, many thanks for the toppings suggestions. You rock!
    — JR

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