Let’s be honest, April Fool’s Day isn’t much of a holiday. It’s more of an annoyance really. You go through the day questioning everything you see and hear from pranksters who revel in the day. Even news people get a little goofy this time of year. The most famous April Fools’ Day prank in history happened in 1957 when the BBC ran a news report showing Swiss farmers picking cooked spaghetti off of trees. The segment called, “Swiss Spaghetti Harvest” caused phone lines to jam with people asking where they could buy a spaghetti plant.
This year, I’ll do something a little less hoaxy, and a little more fun. Dessert imposters are a good way to help your family and friends enjoy the day without making them feel stupid about it. They’re basically sweet foods that look like savory dishes.
Start with a plate of what looks like bacon and eggs. It’s made out of candy so it’s more correct to call it Fakin’ and Eggs. I found the recipe from the site Making Memories with Your Kids and indeed this was a quick and easy project even young kids could do.
For a work potluck, bring along a plate of “Devilish Eggs” – Devilish because they’re not eggs at all, but cake pops covered in almond bark and decorated with piped yellow frosting and red sprinkles.
For dinner with the kids it’s Chicken “Not” Pie which looks just like the famous frozen dinner we all grew up with, but is made from vanilla pudding and vegetable-looking candies.
Enjoy your April Fools’ Day and remember if you do get fooled, at least you’ve gone in search of a spaghetti plant.
Fakin’ and Eggs
1 cube of almond bark, melted
2 yellow M&M’s
4 Midgie Tootsie rolls
Melt almond bark and put it into a piping bag or a plastic bag. Snip off the corner and pipe bark into 2 circles on a piece of waxed paper. Carefully place one yellow M&M into the center of each circle and let set until hard. Roll out 1 Tootsie Roll into long strip, cut in half. Roll out 1 caramel into long strip, cut in half. Mold 4 strips together to form a piece of bacon. Repeat until you have 4 slices of bacon.
Recipe altered slightly from Making Memories with Your Kids
1 box of white cake mix (and ingredients to prepare: oil, eggs, water)
2 tubs yellow frosting
Red food coloring
Prepare cake as per directions on the back of the box. Let cool. Crumble up cake into a bowl and mix with about ¾ cup frosting. Mold into egg shapes and place on a cookie sheet and keep cool. Melt approximately 7 cubes of almond bark. Dip cooled “eggs” into almond bark and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Let harden. Add 2 to 3 drops of red food coloring to the yellow frosting to give it a deviled egg color. Pipe mixture on top of cake pops in deviled egg design. Add red sprinkles to look like paprika.
Chicken “Not” Pie
1 (4 1/2-inch) aluminum foil potpie tin
1 refrigerated piecrust 1 egg (makes enough for 6 pies)
1 egg, beatenr
4 vanilla snack pack puddings
Assorted green and orange candies (I used orange and green Mike and Ikes and orange and green Tootsie Rolls
1 banana (optional)
2-3 dried apple rings (optional)
Yellow Tootsie rolls (optional)
Heat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Unroll or unfold a piecrust on your work surface. Using the upside-down pot pie tin as a guide, cut a circle of dough about 1/2 inch larger than the tin. Crumple a piece of aluminum foil into a 1 1/2-inch ball and set it in the pot pie tin. Cover it with a layer of foil to create a smooth mound, then lay the circle of dough on top.
Now press the tines of a fork around the edge of the dough to crimp it, then use the fork to gently poke a few holes in the crust. Beat the egg with the water, then brush the mixture over the dough. Set the pie tin on a baking sheet and bake the crust for about 10 minutes. Let it cool completely.
Scoop out 3 snack pack puddings into the pie tin. Cut up candies to look like mini peas and carrots. Add to the pudding. This already looks like pot pie and you could keep it simple and finish now by topping it with the pie crust. But if you’d like to add more ingredients to your “not” pie you can cut up a banana to look like potato chunks, 2 to 3 dried apple rings to look like chicken, and yellow Tootsie Rolls to look like corn.
Recipe altered from Melanie Campbell, Just a Pinch Recipes