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  • El Niņo Pudding

    El NiņoUnderstanding weather patterns on Earth requires a view from space. Through the use of NASA's high-powered satellites and state-of-the-art equipment, we receive topographical data that maps Earth's weather patterns. Here's your chance to create your own topography map... and eat it, too!

    Caution: Since you must boil water for this recipe, please share this activity with an adult.

    Supplies needed:

    1. Four small packages of gelatin mix (such as Jell-O®) in the following colors:
      • Purple (grape, blackberry) or blue (blue raspberry)
      • Green (lime)
      • Yellow (lemon)
      • Red (cherry, strawberry)
    2. 1 quart lemon or pineapple sherbet
    3. Whipped cream
    4. Glass casserole dish or glass bowl that can hold 8 cups of liquid
    5. Measuring cup
    6. Four mixing bowls (or fewer, if you wash them out between colors)
    7. Whisk or beater


    1. Follow these steps for each color of gelatin:
      • Dump the gelatin mix into a bowl.
      • Add 1 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
      • Important: Let the gelatin mixture cool to room temperature.
      • When cool, add 3/4 cup of the sherbet and mix in with the beater or whisk.
    2. One color at a time, carefully pour the pudding mixtures into the glass dish in this order:
      • Purple/blue (bottom)
      • Green
      • Yellow
      • Red (top)
    3. Put pudding in refrigerator until completely set.
    4. When ready to serve, scoop out the servings at an angle so you can see all the different layers from the top. Use whipped cream to make white El Niņo patterns in your pudding.
    5. Enjoy!

    Credit: "The Space Place"

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