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10 Culinary Shenanigans for April Fools' Day

April Fools’ Day will be here in just a few days, which means there’s still plenty of time to plan your culinary shenanigans. I love trying to pull the wool over my family’s eyes, whether it’s with candy sushi (pictured above) or giving them “spaghetti” that’s actually ice cream (you won’t hear any complaints about either). To get your mischievous wheel turning, we have put together 10 tasty and totally fake-out-worthy treats for the big day. You can find them all in the slideshow after the jump!


  • Candy Sushi 1 of 10
    Candy Sushi
    Rice Krispies Treats are the perfect canvas for culinary shenanigans. Add a little candy to them, and you have eerily realistic sushi.
    Make candy sushi
  • Fried Rice Cupcakes 2 of 10
    Fried Rice Cupcakes
    Take-out, anyone? Cereal and candy are the culprits behind these "fried rice" cupcakes.
    Make fried rice cupcakes
  • Meatloaf Cupcakes 3 of 10
    Meatloaf Cupcakes
    Just wait until the kids peel back the paper to realize that these sweet cupcakes are anything but. Instead they'll find meatloaf and colored mashed potatoes! Gotcha!
    Make meatloaf cupcakes
  • French Toast French Fries 4 of 10
    French Toast French Fries
    Start the day off on a silly note with French toast French fries. Don't forget the "ketchup"!
    Make French toast French fries
  • Watermelon Jell-O Shooters 5 of 10
    Watermelon Jell-O Shooters
    Even though watermelons aren't in season yet, everyone will love these bite-sized melons. Leave out the alcohol to keep things kid-friendly.
    Make watermelon Jell-O shooters
  • Grilled Cheese 6 of 10
    Grilled Cheese
    This will be the sweetest grilled cheese you've ever tasted — because it's made with pound cake and icing!
    Get the recipe from Family Fun
  • Hamburger and Fries 7 of 10
    Hamburger and Fries
    Would you like a shake with that hamburger and fries? You might want one once you indulge in this sweet cupcake in disguise.
    Get the recipe from Bakerella
  • Spaghetti Ice Cream 8 of 10
    Spaghetti Ice Cream
    Spaghetti for dinner and dessert. It's possible when you make it with ice cream and strawberry syrup.
    Get the recipe from bell'alimento
  • Gag Lunch 9 of 10
    Gag Lunch
    Can you imagine the look on your kids' faces when they open their lunch only to find they've been bamboozled?!
    Get the recipe from Family Fun
  • Fake-out Bacon, Egg and Toast 10 of 10
    Fake-out Bacon, Egg and Toast
    Here's breakfast you won't have any trouble getting your kids to eat. You might, however, have to stop them from laughing long enough to actually eat.
    Get the recipe from PBS

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