When I originally posted this silly “punch” on The Fountain Avenue Kitchen several years ago, I did it on the afternoon of April Fool’s Day, right after my kids had sucked hard on the straw and got….nothing.
We laughed so hard over this and an unexpected dinner that I figured I should repost the recipes－but this time with a full week for you to prepare your bag of tricks!
We don’t often have lots of juice or soda on hand, so when I offered tall glasses of fruit punch last April Fool’s Day, my kids were rather excited. I served the glasses right side up, but the picture illustrates the point.
While away with family a few weeks earlier, I saw the idea in a Real Simple magazine I was flipping through. I couldn’t resist. I truly wish you were with us in our kitchen to see how hard we laughed when they tried to sip from the straw.
If you don’t get around to this silly prank this year, have your Jell-O ready for next year. (Also, feel free to comment or email me if you have a favorite April Fool’s food hijinks. I need a good idea for next year!)
Update: Eight years after my original post, they may have figured out the trick but enjoy it every bit as much! ⇩⇩
- 1 (3-ounce) box cherry-flavored Jell-O (or number to make desired amount of servings)
- 2 straws
Mix according to package directions, pour into glasses, and insert a straw before placing the glasses in the refrigerator to set. Punching a piece of plastic wrap over the straw will keep it upright, although allowing the straw to tilt against the side is the “natural” look, as it would normally rest.
Get ready to laugh!
- A standard serving of Jell-O is 4 ounces (or 4 servings per 3-ounce box), but that is not quite enough to fill most glasses.
April Fool’s Meatloaf Cake — And don’t save this just for April foolery, the meatloaf recipe is one of my favorites!