March 27, 2011

April Fools! Candy in a Fruit Can

A couple of months ago, I came across this AWESOME idea for a Chocolate Emergency Valentine at Making Memories with Your Kids.  I absolutely loved the concept (and her whole blog full of great ideas), but I didn't have time to make them for Valentine's Day.  I bookmarked it for next year and then realized, I don't have to wait that long!  It will make the perfect April Fools' prank for my kids.

Check this out...

It looks like a sealed can of fruit, but it's filled with candy!!


I cannot wait to fool my kids on April 1st!  Plus, it was really simple to make.

LAST MINUTE UPDATE:  I added a more nutritious prank to their lunchboxes to go along with this one.  Check out Carrots in a Candy Box HERE!

SUPPLIES:

* Pop top can of fruit (make sure the bottom does NOT have rounded edges)  Delmonte and our store brand were fine
* Can opener (one that removes the whole lid like THIS one by Oxo would be best, but I made do with a regular one, I just had to be careful with the sharp edges)
* candy of your choice ( I used Hershey's kisses and Starbursts because they wouldn't be too rattle-y)
* tissue paper or shredded paper
* hot glue gun

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Use your can opener to open the BOTTOM of the can of fruit.  If you are using a regular can opener, don't cut around all the way.  Leave about 1/2 " - 1" intact.  If you have one of the handy can openers that removes the whole lid without sharp edges, you can cut all the way around.

Notice I left part of the lid intact.

2.  Empty out the fruit.  (Save it so they can have a healthier snack after they eat all their candy!)  Rinse out your can and dry the insides.

They will still have to eat the fruit, just not today!

3.  Fill the clean, empty can with your candies, then put in some tissue paper so the contents don't shake around and give away the surprise.

I wrote a little note and put it in first.
Filled with candy.

Stuffed with tissue paper.


4.  Using hot glue, seal up the bottom of your can.

It's not perfect, but they really won't be looking at the bottom.

5.  Try not to giggle when you pack it in their lunch or serve it for a snack.




51 comments:

  1. What a super fun idea! Thanks for sharing this Laura. I'm going to snag this one for April Fools too! How fun!

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  2. Super cute! I will have to file this away for when the kiddos are older.

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  3. What a cute idea! I think I'll pass it onto all of my dieting friends too! =) Tee hee hee

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  4. Of course i don't mind! Thanks for linking back to me! I LOVE them for April Fool's Day! How perfect!

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  5. So fun! I'm trying this, too.

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  6. Darling idea! Can't wait to try this one. Thanks :)

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  7. Adorable!! I will definitely be doing this this year! Thanks so much for sharing and would love it if you got the chance to come visit my blog!

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  8. Very cute, you're an awesome mom!

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  9. That is AWESOME! I will have to use this at some point :) Thanks for the idea!!!

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  10. Oh my goodness is that a cute idea! My kids pack all the time. I can't wait to put these in their lunches. Thank you :)

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  11. So fun! I am totally going to try this one out on my neice (or maybe even my hubby...is that too terrible ? :))

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  12. what a great idea. thanks for sharing this one. ;)

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  13. Amazing idea! I wonder if you could bake in them while they were upside down, surprise brownies would be super cute!

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  14. eeekkk....so CUTE!! this is for sure on my to-do list! thank you for sharing! i'm also your newest follower. LOVE all your wonderful ideas for the little ones.

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  15. Laura, I've included this idea in my April Fools Inspirations. You're welcome to grab a featured button (A++ at Sun Scholars) to post on your page!

    Thanks again for a fun idea! I can't wait to use this one Friday with the kids!

    :)rachel http://sunscholars.blogspot.com

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  16. Such a fun idea! This would work great for kids, teens - even my husband would have a good laugh out of this one. Co-workers...there's so many great uses!

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  17. I love this idea. I am such a dunce when it comes to this holiday so this is perfect for me! Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  18. absolutely LOVE this...just featured you! I'm definitely going to try this!

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  19. Too too cute and funny! Stopping by from Tip Me Tuesday!

    Kerri

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  20. What an awesome idea!!! I will be doing it, too! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  21. this is hilarious! What a fun trick. :)
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  22. super cute idea and perfect for April 1st! So happy to see you on Craft schooling Sunday, you're a great addition to the party!

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  23. GREAT IDEA!!! FUN!
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    Daniela
    http://isreview1.blogspot.com

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  24. What a fun idea--I have been looking for something fun to do for April Fool's.

    I would like to invite you to share this in my Idea List link-up

    www.StashHappy.com

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  25. Cute idea! I'm including it in my Friday Favorites this week!

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  26. What a fun idea!!! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  27. This such a cute project, I may try it with my co-workers, I'll be sure to link back if I'm successful :) Visiting from Tip Junkie

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  28. My kids and I made these for their teachers for April Fools Day. Great idea!

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  29. Wanted to let you know I did this last night and posted about it here http://aturtleslifeforme.blogspot.com/2011/03/april-fools-day-snack.html Thanks so much for the idea!!

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  30. What a super idea...will definitely try that with my kids tomorrow! Happy April Fool's Day :)

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  31. Nice idea!

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  32. This is a great idea, and so simple. Would put a big smile on my face. I found you on the Tuesday pink party at Running with Glitter.

    I shared this post on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/03/prank-candy-in-fruit-can-tutorial-by.html

    Feel free to grab my Featured Button.

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  33. So fun! I featured you on Foodie Friday!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/04/foodie-friday-april-fools.html

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  34. I totally pulled this too!

    FYI - I use a can opener that opens the cans edge (not the inside)so the bottom seal was a little cleaner.

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  35. He hee! I giggled when I saw this and I DON'T giggle! I don't send that kind of fruit in my kids' lunches, so I used a yogurt container and cut a hole in the bottom but didn't cut it the whole way out so that it had a hinge.

    I then emptied it, cleaned it, dried it and added the note and candy. I then put packing tape over the hole. I cannot wait to pick them up from school today to see what they say!!! I have been giggling all day!

    Thanks for the awesome idea!

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  36. Thank you so much for the great idea! It worked perfectly for all of my kids! And as a bonus, I was proclaimed a really awesome mom by several kids (and by a couple of lunch room aides) in three cafeterias.

    I'm not sure how I'll top this April Fool's Day prank next year.

    P.S. My husband wanted to put dog food in the can, but I insisted on candy!

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  37. I did this and posted about it on my blog. Thanks for such an amazing idea. I also added your button to my blog.

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  38. this is so funny! Can't wait to try it.

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  39. This is such a fun idea, and is so much fun to receive!
    A word of caution...
    I worked at an elementary school, and one of my students and his siblings brought these in for some of the teachers. They had re-sealed the can with rubber cement (seems like a good idea, right?), but the fumes had permeated the candy and made several of the teachers very sick. It's a super fun idea, and I say go for it, just follow the directions and use hot glue!

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  40. Looking for some fun ideas for my family party- this is great! Have you tried- cauliflower mashed potatoes?

    www.familyreunionhelper.com/

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  41. Such a fun idea!! Thanks for sharing!

    I featured you on my blog today, come check it out:
    http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/04/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-28-april.html

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  42. I REALLY love this idea, am totally using it tomorrow in my girls' lunches. I am also sharing it on my April Fool's post today. THANKS. Come check it out!
    www.32turns.com

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