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

Looking to prank your friends and family this April 1st? Here are some funny food pranks to inspire your tricks!

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. Of course, there was no such ceremony. But people fell for it year after year, according to National Geographic.

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

1. Switch the Jelly Belly Beans 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 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.

Looking for “nicer” recipes to make in April? Try our monthly meal plan.

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 Better Brussels Sprouts recipe. Your kids may like it so much, they might even 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 vegetables. After a round of groans (theirs) and laughs (yours), you can serve the actual pizza. In fact, you can make the pizza yourself with recipes for homemade pizza that are even better than delivery.

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. “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 Family 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 like this. 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 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 one of our best after-school cookie recipes for kids?

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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.