House Full of Unwanted Easter Candy? Turn them into April Fools’ Day Pranks for your Kids!

If you’re like me, you are surrounded by copious amounts of Easter candy. I wondered how I could creatively rid my household of these cavity creators, and then it hit me- April 1st was the day after Easter. What if I could combine my love for April Fools’ day with candy?! That was it! I headed to Google, Pinterest, Family Fun and other websites to find creative ways to “trick” my family and move some of this candy!  Below are a few of my favorites I found:

Chicken Pot Pie

I found variations to this trick, but the basics were using pie crust, vanilla pudding as the creamy sauce, yellow, green & orange starburst candies (shaping them like peas and carrots), apple slices for the chicken. (Even if you didn’t want to do this entire prank, softening the starburst in the microwave for a few seconds and shaping them like corn, peas and carrots and serving them as your “vegetable” for dinner seems simple and silly!)

faux chicken pot pie

Chocolate Broccoli

Basically a tootsie roll for the stem and a chocolate oatmeal cookie for the top, these look like  a fun no-bake project to do with your little one (if you didn’t want to fool them first). I just followed the recipe for Hersey’s Cocoa Haystacks (minus the nuts & coconut) then added the toosie roll when they were still warm.

Faux Chcolate Broccoli

Candy Coated Onions

Brilliant and simple. Melt traditional caramels in the microwave then roll a peeled onion in it. Place on wax paper and sprinkle a few walnut pieces on it if you’d like. Insert a popsicle stick and leave them out on a nice platter. (This would be a fantastic trick to play on Daddy…)

faux onions

Don’t have enough time but still want to prank those little ones (and want to keep that candy for yourself)?

How about these simple ideas:

  • Replace the eggs in your refrigerator egg carton with a few plastic eggs leftover from those Easter egg hunts.
  • Use food coloring to create purple milk for their cereal or blue scrambled eggs.
  • Draw faces or place googly eyes on a few of the items you kids will be getting our of the pantry.
  • Tell your kids they are having brownies for dessert, then show them a foil-covered pan on the counter and let them peel back the foil for them to find a few letter E’s cut from brown construction paper 🙂

What’s your favorite (G rated) April Fools’ Day prank?

Jessica Morgan
Jessica was born in the “Bold New City of the South" and loves her some Jacksonville. Not only is J-Ville the place where she was raised with her twin brother, but is it also where she met and married her super-handy hubby, Melvin. Together they have a lovely daughter named Lily and a very competitive son, Henry. Professionally, Jessica spends her days as the Activities Director at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club,- because her target audience is 5-11 year old children. Jessica has appeared on local television discussing topics ranging from Black Friday to couponing, - dirty hair, consignment sales and summer camps. Jessica enjoys showing up to parties in costume, Florida Gator Football, all things Disney, singing show tunes, making fudge, big ugly shelter dogs, reading Emily Post and writing in cursive. Keep up with all Jessica's antics at


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