If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it must be a duck!!! Hmmmmm, Lets see. Is it really a Cake Pop or is it an Aprils Fools Joke??
Origin of April Fools Day
The true history of April Fools Day is not clearly known , but it is thought to be related to the changing of the calendar from Julian to Gregorian. Changing to a different calendar changed the start of the New Year from April 1st to January 1st.
People back in the 1500’s were accustom to the New Year starting with the spring equinox ( the last of March or beginning of April). There were some people not knowledgeable of the change and they continued to celebrate New Years on April 1st making them the butt of jokes and hoaxes that became know as ” April Fools”.
Pranks, when done right, can be fun and funny. Many people have fallen victim to practical jokes or hoaxes on April 1st.
My April Fools Day Joke
Frequently, I send John off to work with goodies for the guys. I am always trying out new combinations of flavors and creating recipes. John’s buddies are my taste testers …really guinea pigs 🙂 SO who better than to prank than the guys!!
I knew it would need to be a baked good to be believable, so I thought what would look like a baked good , but not really be a baked treat???
I came up with Cake Pops. I knew that any food product that was rounded off and dipped in chocolate would look like a cake Pop. Now, what should the food item be? My imagination went wild. First thought was a meatball. A meatball is perfectly round, but then I thought about the taste. A cold meatball covered in chocolate would not be appetizing. John does work with theses guys, so I did not want to be mean.
My goal was to have their brain register and expect a bite of cake because of what they were seeing, but actually get something else that would taste good and still be surprising. That is when I thought about oranges. Baby oranges…mandarin oranges. They are small, round,sweet, juicy, and seedless.
How I Made My Cake Pops
- Peeled and removed the strings from a dozen mandarin oranges
- Place white chocolate pieces into a micro-wave safe bowl and melted the chocolate
- Place one end of the cake pop stick into the chocolate and then placed the stick into the orange. The chocolate holds the stick in place when it dries.
- Dipped the ” cake pop” – the orange into the melted chocolate and coated the orange all around
- Added sprinkles to the “cake pop”
How was your April Fools Day? Did you pull off a prank?
Maybe you can pull off this quick and easy one. If you do, please share about the experience. From what I have heard, the guys liked it. They were surprised, but also liked the combination of the orange with the chocolate.
Cheers…..HAPPY BAKING !!!!