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Foolish Food: How to Trick Them With Treats

As the target of one too many April Fool’s pranks, I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the “holiday.”  However, I do think a little bit of harmless fun is okay, and I think I’ve discovered one of the best ways to trick your friends and family without hurting anyone.  What’s that, you ask?  Fool them with food!

I’ve been seeing tons of tutorials for crafts that look like food lately, and to take that trend one step further, it seems a lot of people have been making food that looks like other food.  By that I mean cake that looks like pizza, Tootsie Rolls that look like hamburgers, mashed potatoes that look like ice cream, rice krispie treats that look like Hershey Kisses, cupcakes that look like corn on the cob, and a bunch of treats where you think you’re biting into one thing but suddenly taste something completely different.  Fun, huh?

Here are some easy-to-make foods “in disguise” that will be so much fun to whip up for April Fool’s Day:

Think this fried egg looks yummy?  Think again!  This seemingly-delicious breakfast item is actually more of a dessert.  It’s made from vanilla yogurt and canned peaches!  Clever, no?

It’s hard to stop your mouth from watering when you see an entire Kentucky Fried Chicken meal laid out before you. But what if that meal wasn’t really the crispy chicken, buttery corn and baked beans you were expecting?  The “faux meal” pictured is actually created from a bunch of different sweets, from Twinkies and jelly beans to rice krispie treats and pretzel sticks!  You’d never guess it just by looking, which is what makes this a recipe for success when it comes to an April Fool’s Day food fake out!

This is what you would call the opposite of a sweet surprise. These frosted “cupcakes” may look like dessert perfection, but really they’re filled with a meat loaf center and a mashed potato frosting on top. Imagine your friend’s reaction when they find out the cupcake you gave them is more savory than sweet!


These Faux French Fries are the perfect trick for the fast food lover in your life.  Just set this basket of fries in front of your unsuspecting “victim” and watch their face as they discover their favorite finger food snack is actually frozen pound cake!


This last one isn’t even made of food, but it sure looks like it!  If you’re pretty sure your intended target won’t fall for your prank, this is a good one to try (so they don’t get harmed!).  These Cupcake Bath Bombs may look delicious, but they’re actually made out of soap!  Leave one of these tasty-looking treats out on your kitchen counter and see if your target takes the bait.  It’s pretty hard to resist this tempting cupcake, so he or she may just end up with a mouth full of soap!

Now even though these food pranks are all in good fun, you might want to have a plan of action in case the person you fooled is looking to get you back.  After all, the last thing you’d want is to end up with a mouthful of meatloaf cupcake!


Who are YOU planning to prank this April Fool’s Day?  What are you planning to do?


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