The Best April Fools’ Food Pranks (We’re Not Kidding)

Looking to prank your family this April 1st? Here are some hilarious April Fools' food pranks that'll get a giggle out of your kids.

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Let’s face it. Pranks are that much funnier when they involve food. When it comes to April Fools’ Day food pranks, we think these modern versions take the cake, and you can easily try them at home! Here are seven of our favorites.

1. Surprise jelly beans

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Jelly Belly jelly beans come in all sorts of delicious flavors. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, inspired by the Harry Potter films, come in all sorts of disgusting and unexpected flavors. We’re talking Sardine, Black Pepper, Grass, Horseradish, Vomit, Earwax, Earthworm, Spaghetti, Spinach and Soap. Switch up some of the delicious for some of the disgusting, and watch for the reaction!

2. Swap sugar for salt

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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 them a lesson: put sugar in the salt shaker, and see what happens next.

3. Brussels sprouts lollipops

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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. Once they’re ready, just attach each Brussels sprout to a lollipop sticks and wrap it in its covering.

After you pull this prank on your kids, you can use the leftover sprouts in any of these Brussels sprouts recipes. Your kids may like it so much, they might even decide not to prank you back!

4. “Pizza” delivery

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“How about some pizza, kids?”

“Sure, Mom” they say…until they open the pizza box and see that it’s filled with fresh vegetables. After a round of groans (theirs) and laughs (yours), you can serve the actual pizza. In fact, you can make it yourself with these easy pizza recipes that are even better than delivery.

5. Frozen cereal

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“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. “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. Cauliflower popcorn

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Movie night takes a surprising turn when you swap popcorn for this healthy veg. Follow our cauliflower popcorn recipe and toss each piece into a popcorn box for extra shock value. It’ll be hard to notice the difference! Serve with dipping sauces, like buffalo sauce, to make it a kid-friendly healthy snack.

7. “Frozen” milk

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Another prank from Family Education 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. Then, mix the gelatin into the warm milk, and refrigerate for two hours. Finally, offer a plate of after school cookies with the glass of milk and wait for their reactions.

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Lauren Cahn
Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly in The Huffington Post as well as a variety of other publications since 2008 on such topics as life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. She is also a writer of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.