The worlds of science and philosophy rarely cross paths, but sometimes the scientists of NDSM need to get real deep and ask themselves the big questions:
- What is the meaning of life? What is our purpose in this universe?
- Are ethics and science ever compatible? Do the ends always justify the means in the name of discovery?
- What makes a dessert? Is it taste, appearance, structural integrity?
We have devoted our lives to finding the answers to these questions, and the path to enlightenment begins here, with vodka-filled giant jello shots made in a watermelon.
It might seem unusual to present this delicious summertime dessert in February, but booze and jelly are always in season. Disclaimer: this experiment was inspired by a post on BuzzFeed (yes we read BuzzFeed – scientists like lists of reaction gifs too!). You can find a detailed how-to over there. Our main focus for this post is: can this still be considered a dessert?
In this particular instance, we would argue that yes, giant jelly shots made in a watermelon do constitute a dessert. Why? Let’s examine the criteria proposed earlier:
- Taste: the jelly still tastes like jelly, despite the alcohol content. Verdict: dessert!
- Appearance: it looks pretty cool! Unlike regular jello shots, this would impress at parties, and could easily be found on Pinterest. Verdict: dessert!
- Structural integrity: Well, it’s solid, so… Verdict: dessert?
Naturally, we made our very own specimen to conduct this experiment, and we are happy to share our visual results as well. Obviously this picture is blurry because booze, duh.