Few people know that there are several layers in a plastic pudding cup. Even fewer know that, with a bit of perseverance, you can separate the layers and have a super-cool-neato bag of pudding and an empty plastic cup. Read on to find out how.
You will need:
an unopened plastic pudding cup (your choice of flavour)
fairly thin fingers (If you have enormous meaty hands, forget it. You're just going to make a huge mess.)
about 10-20 minutes (depending on your skill level)
Also, it makes it a lot harder not to pop the bag if you have grotesque, talon-like fingernails, so cut them to a reasonable length before you begin. If you have extremely short fingernails, this might be pretty hard for you. Fingernails 1-2 mm long are ideal.
Step 1: Preparation
I would also suggest washing your hands first, in case you do break the pudding open and still want to eat it. Nine year olds have filthy hands, and any food touched by them is teeming with death.
As an aside, I am almost positive that this will not work with yoghurt. You can try if you want, but be prepared to fail and become the laughing stock of grade 4.
Step 2: Begin the Extraction
Examine the edges closely. You should be able to see three layers if you look hard. The top layer is the metal lid bit. The bottom layer is the plastic cup. In between, there should be a fairly thick layer of soft plastic.
You want to separate the middle layer from the bottom layer. Separating the middle layer from the top layer is referred to as "opening" the pudding cup, and let me tell you from experience, NO ONE will be impressed if you do this.
Wedge your thumbnail in between the bottom two layers, and slowly pull them apart.
Step 3: Continue the Extraction
Continue lifting the middle layer around the edges of the cup.
Step 4: Getting Down to Business
This part is why you can't have big sausage fingers (though since you're nine, you probably don't). Your fat fingers will pop the bag and you'll get pudding all over yourself, your friends will laugh and you will cry.
You should be able to tell where the middle layer has pulled away from the cup. I have pointed it out for you in the pictures.
This part takes a while, but keep going. It's worth it!
Step 5: Getting Closer
Step 6: Finished!
When they get bored of that, simply pull on the bag, and voila! You have separated a bag of pudding from the cup! Congratulations, you awesome person, you. Everyone's gonna want to be your friend now.
As for what you do with the bag, well, that's really up to you. You can play catch with it, you poke a hole in it and squeeze out all the pudding, you can give it a name and keep it in your locker until it starts to go moldy and stink up the hallway and your teacher yells at you to throw it out, so you pretend to but actually keep it and throw it at her car later because that'll show her! (Don't do the last one. No, seriously.)
I'm assuming that the reason they have the liner for the cup between it and the pudding is because it's not entirely food-safe, so it's probably best not to eat out of the empty cup, regardless of how cool it is.
Above all, have fun!