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The earliest April Fools’ prank on record dates back to 1698 and involved people in London being invited to watch a ceremonial washing of the lion statues at the Tower of London—there was no such ceremony, and yet people fell for it year after year, according to National Geographic. But let’s face it: pranks are that much funnier when they involve food. But when it comes to April Fools’ food pranks, we think these modern versions “take the cake,” and what’s even better is you can try them at home!
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1. Switch the Jelly Bellies for Bertie Bott’s Beans
Jelly Belly jelly beans come in all sorts of delicious flavors. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, inspired by the Harry Potter films and which are actually also manufactured by the Jelly Belly Company, come in all sorts of disgusting and/or unexpected flavors (for example, Sardine, Black Pepper, Grass, Horseradish, Vomit, Earwax, Earthworm, Spaghetti, Spinach, Soap, Sausage, Pickle and Bacon). Switch up some of the delicious for some of the disgusting, and watch for the reaction!
2. Switch the sugar for the salt
Don’t you hate it when you cook a nice meal, and someone grabs for the salt-shaker before even having a taste? Well, here’s your chance to teach ’em a lesson: put sugar in the salt-shaker, and see what happens next.
3. Brussels sprouts wrapped up like lollipops
For this one, you’ll need lollipop sticks and either wrapping paper, aluminum foil, or actual Tootsie-Pop or Blow-Pop wrappers. We suggest NOT cooking the brussels sprouts first because the aroma of cooked brussels sprouts would likely give this prank away.
After you pull this prank on your kids, you can use the leftover sprouts in this Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts recipe. Your kids may like it so much, they might decide NOT to prank you back.
4. “Pizza” delivery
“How about some pizza, kids?”
“Sure, Mom!” they say…until they open the box and see that it’s filled with fresh veggies. After a round of groans (theirs) and laughs (yours), you can serve the actual pizza. In fact, you can make the pizza yourself with this homemade pizza recipe.
5. Frozen cereal
“Fix a bowl of cereal the night before and stick it in the freezer so it’s frozen when breakfast time rolls around,” advises the Family Education website in its rundown of harmless pranks you can play on your children. “Before serving your kids, splash a little milk on top to hide the frozen cereal underneath. For an added bonus, freeze the spoon in the bowl, too!”
6. “Frozen” milk
Another prank from the Familly Education website involves milk that won’t pour. It’s not frozen (because that would be too obvious). Rather, it’s milk that you solidify with powdered gelatin. Simply mix the gelatin with water and let stand for five minutes while you you warm up a glass of milk in the microwave. Mix the gelatin into the milk, and refrigerate for two hours. After school, offer a plate of cookies with the glass of milk.
To take the sting out of this particular prank, you’ll want to make sure the cookies are really delicious, so might we suggest this Never Fail Cutout Cookies recipe?