Tomorrow marks the silliest day of the year, April Fools. The hilarious holiday has been celebrated by many cultures, and on many different dates, but the exact origins of the holiday are widely unknown. One of the most accepted ideas of April Fools origins dates back to France in 1582, when the country switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the New Year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and pranks.
In those days, a good prank was to have a paper fish placed on your back and referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person. During the 18th century, the debauchery of April Fools continued with people being dispatched on pretend errands, having fake tails pinned on them, or the always classic joke, a “kick me” sign on the back.
Oh, April Fools! Some of us who live with pranksters dread it, some of us ignore it, and others look forward to the mischievousness that ensues. April Fool’s is a day we are allowed to be a little ridiculous, and we have a few playful food prank ideas to keep your April Fools Day on point.
Cut a hole in an apple and tuck a gummy worm inside.
Freeze a bowl of milk and cereal the night before and serve it to an unsuspecting breakfast eater.
For a tricky eye opener, swap sugar for salt in the coffee sugar bowl.
Scrape the frosting out of Oreos and re-fill with toothpaste for a minty surprise.
Fill individual vanilla pudding cups with mayonnaise.
Cover Brussels sprouts in melted chocolate and offer your friends “decadent chocolate truffles.”
Add salt to sour candies. (Spray with a water bottle first, then add salt and allow to dry before tricking!)
Fill a doughnut with mayonnaise.
Make and serve a “grilled cheese” with store bought pound cake and orange frosting.
Offer an afternoon of milk and cookies, but solidify the milk.
Finally, Serendipity is able to announce our newest venture! From now on Serendipity will be making gourmet pet food pastries along with our regular menu items. Pet food pastry will include creamy tuna éclairs, peanut butter beef bone shape cookies, and trout pot de crèmes! Your pet will love our highly specialized pet pastries and chances are, you will too (We had to test them ourselves before we gave them to our four legged friends.) ….
APRIL FOOLS! As much as we love our pets, we are sticking to what we do best, great human food and exceptional event planning.