Ok class, raise your hand if you have ever eaten Green Eggs and Ham? Ever done a science project with a bottle of Sprite? How about taken a bag of cheerios to school on the day you learned to count to 100? Food makes learning more fun. It’s just a fact! So if you have any littles who love to learn AND EAT then today’s dirt dessert recipe is for you! (And even if you don’t have kids, this lesson is a tasty treat!)
I believe there are few better places to learn and build relationship with your children than in the kitchen. It is a special place to make memories and teach lessons that will last for generations. But you can also use cooking to help drive home lessons they are learning in school- math, fractions, reading, following directions, creativity, really I could go on and on. Food brings families together and it makes learning fun… today’s dessert is no exception!
I pulled the idea for this soil layered dessert right off a page of Kansas Farm Bureau’s book series, Kailey’s Ag Adventures. On the Kansas Farm Bureau website, you’ll find that they are so passionate about educating others on Agriculture that they’ve created an entire section that provides lesson plans, books, and learning activities for children and adults of all ages! Each lesson plan includes hands-on activities, games, and resources to make learning about agriculture fun. So, while soil might not be that interesting to a child (unless they’re playing in it), dessert usually gets their attention. It would be fun to have the child(ren) spoon the ingredients into clear plastic cups as you explain all of the different layers of soil… then they can EAT IT!
Kansas Soil Dessert
5 oz. mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 boxes butterscotch instant pudding, mixed according to package directions
1 box chocolate instant pudding, mixed according to package directions
1 German chocolate cake mix, mixed and baked according to package directions
1 pkg gummie worms, divided use
8 oz. whipped topping, colored with green food coloring, as desired.
In the bottom of a very large trifle dish or clear glass bowl, place marshmallows and 1 cup graham crackers crumbs, mixing them together a bit.
Top with prepared butterscotch pudding to make subsoil layer, spreading out evenly over marshmallow layer.
In a separate bowl, combine 2/3 of baked German chocolate cake with prepared chocolate pudding; stir in half of the gummie worms, then spread this mixture over the butterscotch layer.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup graham crumbs over chocolate layer.
Spread green whipped topping over all as the last layer, then add more gummy worms on the top, along with green frosting placed in little bundles on top as “grass and plants”. Chill well and serve.
Now You’re Cookin’,
**This recipe was featured as part of Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen on WIBW 13 News, August 2016. Special thanks to the farmers and ranchers of the Kansas Farm Bureau for making this segment possible!
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