|Alternative names||Wackelpudding, Wackelpeter|
|Place of origin||Germany|
|Main ingredients||Gelatine or other gelling agent, sugar, flavourings, food colouring|
Götterspeise (literally: food of the gods) is the German name for a dessert made of gelatine or other gelling agent, sugar, flavourings and food colouring, it is similar or identical to jelly or jello and other gelatin desserts. Other German names include Wackelpudding or Wackelpeter, green Götterspeise is also known as Froschsülze. Götterspeise is usually eaten with whipped cream or vanilla sauce. The best-known flavours are the following:
- Woodruff (Waldmeister) - green
- Raspberry (Himbeere) - red
- Cherry (Kirsche) - red
- Lemon (Zitrone) - yellow
The green Götterspeise is not coloured with woodruff, the latter only gives the dessert its characteristic aroma. Because the coumarin contained in woodruff is toxic, only artificial woodruff flavouring is used in the trade.
A special type of Götterspeise is the triple-layered and three-coloured (red, yellow and green) Ampelpudding ("traffic light pudding"), which is made using three layers of separately cooled flavours.
Götterspeise is usually coloured with artificial food colouring, azo compounds often being used.
Origin of the name Wackelpeter
The name Wackelpeter has its origins in the 19th century, when the name "Peter" was often used as a nickname if one wanted to describe something humorously (see also Hackepeter and Struwelpeter). Moreover, the gelatine mass of the pudding wobbles (wackelt) when shaken. Wackelpeter or Wackelpudding also means a pudding.