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The Greatest Food Pranks of All Time


Happy April Fools’ Day. While you are planning to pretend your dog transformed into the mailman or to replace the eggs in your house with oval-shaped balls of Play-Doh, why don’t you take a few minutes to stroll down memory lane? In honor of the holiday, here are the best food pranks in movies.

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Meatless Monday: Zucchini Ribbon Pasta

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Some of the best April Fools’ jokes have been food-related — remember the left-handed Whopper and Cheetos perfume? While we wait and see what creative fast ones restaurants will pull on us this year, you can play a higher-brow culinary prank at home by tricking everyone at the dinner table into eating more veggies. Using a mandoline, slice green and yellow zucchinis into a tangle of vibrant ribbons that are easily disguised as noodles. Topped with a flurry of Parmesan, parsley, basil and red pepper flakes, the snappy strips of squash blend so seamlessly with whole-wheat fettucine, we bet your unsuspecting diners won’t realize the hoax until they’ve devoured the entire veggie-loaded plate.

Zucchini Ribbon Pasta

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Devour’d: Ice Cream Baked Potato

Ice Cram Baked Potato

This baked potato is "loaded" with fabulous, unexpected flavor.

Just another loaded-up baked potato waiting to be devoured?

Think again.

This big bad baked spud is actually dessert in disguise. The “potato” is ice cream, complete with a cocoa-powdered skin. Whipped cream masquerades as the sour cream, and frosting fills in for butter. The pièce de résistance? Dyed green pecan “chives.”

This sweet look-alike is good enough to mislead the most astute spud-spotter. 

I recently took on this Texas-sized treat (with a group of friends, I swear) and was pleasantly surprised that it’s authentic look didn’t affect it’s down-home delicious dairy taste. The vanilla ice cream was rich, the hot fudge was sweet, and well, it was too cute not to eat. 

You, too, can enjoy one if you “mozie on down” to Cowgirl in the West Village neighborhood of New York City.

Not in NYC? Well, you’re in luck: Food Network convinced the crew at Cowgirl to share the recipe.

Get the Recipe (and fool your friends): Cowgirl’s Ice Cream Baked Potato

Or for a simpler take baked potato deception, try Food.com’s version

Yee-haw and Happy April Fool’s Day, y’all!

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