Cooking Up Giggles for April Fool’s Day

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There’s something mischievously fun about tricking a friend with a silly prank, and April Fool’s Day is the time when everyone has permission to get creative with the trickery. Play a joke on the taste buds this year by cooking up some real giggles with a food prank.


What’s a food prank? It’s a deliciously deceptive cooking adventure that even young kids can pull off with a little help from adults. Creating “counterfeit foods” that look like one thing but taste entirely different will happily amuse (and confuse) your guests.


Take fish sticks and French fries, for example. Typically, we expect salty, savory flavors when we bite into them. But when the fish sticks are actually made out of wafer cookies and the French fries are really fresh apples, our taste buds experience a shockingly sweet surprise instead.


From candy masquerading as cheese, crackers or vegetables, to meatloaf and mashed potatoes disguised as a frosted cake or ice cream sundae, food pranks are the perfect way to make tasty memories for any fun-loving group.


Follow these helpful tips to create utterly delicious, totally deceptive foods that will tickle the funny bone and make everyone laugh out loud.


1. Pay attention to details so friends will believe the illusions you’ve created. Try to duplicate the same shapes and details of real foods in your fake ones.


2. After presenting the faux food and getting some laughs, divide any large foods into smaller serving portions for everyone to enjoy.


3. Add paper décor such as snack packages and fast-food wrappers that look like the real thing.


4. Recruit an accomplice to carry out the undercover operation. Your most important mission? To have fun!


Fish Sticks and Tartar Sauce


8 sugar wafer cookie sticks, any flavor


1/2 cup creamy peanut butter


1 cup crushed cornflakes cereal


4 1-ounce squares white baking chocolate, chopped


1 teaspoon chopped pistachio nuts


French Fries


2 large apples


2 tablespoons lemon juice


1 teaspoon cinnamon


1/4 cup sugar




To make “fish sticks,” spread about 1 tablespoon peanut butter in a thin layer over all sides of each cookie stick. Roll in crushed cereal until well coated. Place two fish sticks on each serving plate.


To make “tartar sauce,” microwave white chocolate for 60 seconds; stir and repeat as needed until melted and smooth. Stir in nuts. Place a spoonful of tartar sauce on each serving plate, next to fish sticks, or divide among condiment cups.


For “French fries,” peel, core and quarter each apple. Use a crinkle cutter to cut apple pieces into sticks that look like French fries. Toss gently with lemon juice; drain on paper towels. In a medium bowl, stir together cinnamon and sugar. Add apple slices to bowl, a few at a time, and toss to coat apples well. Arrange some fries on each serving plate. Serve promptly—and let the giggles begin!


— Complimentary recipes provided by CQ Products. For more fun food pranks, look for “Fake Out Food” or its companion book, “Disgustingly Delicious,” available online at or at gift, toy and bookstores nationwide.