The 15 Best April Fool’s Pranks from Your Favorite Fast Food Chains
Not content to serve up convenient meals, fast food chains are getting in on the April Fool’s action with stunts to tickle your funny bone.
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In 2018 Arby’s teamed up with eyewear purveyors Warby Parker for the ultimate April Fool’s prank. They introduced “WArby’s” featuring an Onion Ring Monocle. In a tweet Warby Parker put out the following message: “When the only thing you have in common is four letters, but it still feels kind of right. Introducing #WArbys, a new partnership sandwiched somewhere between vision and at least eight different kinds of meat.”
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Who can resist the smell of warm buttery pretzels in the mall food court? Auntie Anne’s knows the answer is no one. Their take on an April Fool’s prank is the fake-out pretzel perfume from the “House of A.” Scents included Salty, Freshly Baked, and Cinnamon. We’ll take all three to go, please. Check out these secret facts fast food workers won’t tell you.
We don’t know many people who hit the drive-thru with the intention of ordering a supplement to their workout, but White Castle approached April Fool’s Day with their hilarious Whey Protein Powder. In a press release, the company said, “Each individual serving includes 27 sliders scientifically granulated into 189 grams of pure whey protein, perfect for those who are training to be the next heavyweight champion, or simply looking to maximize their muscle mass for the summer season.” Find out all the thing you never knew about White Castle burgers.
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Spell-check enthusiasts may take umbrage at the name of doughnut chain Krispy Kreme, but you can’t beat their melt-in-your-mouth product. Their UK division decided to have a little fun with the spelling, tweeting that they were officially changing the name to Krispy Cream. At least then the brand would have half the name spelled correctly. According to Food & Wine, some media outlets took the announcement seriously, reporting on the change as fact, instead of an April Fool’s joke. Here’s the secret to getting the freshest Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Burger King: The Whopper Toothpaste
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If you go to a pediatric dentist, you’re likely to find a slew of fun toothpaste flavors that would appeal to kids, like bubble gum, strawberry, and even chocolate. Burger King’s French division decided to go one further and promote a Whopper toothpaste for April Fool’s Day in 2017. There was even a commercial made for the faux product. As much as we love burgers, a Whopper toothpaste would have to be a hard pass. Don’t miss the oddest things people have tried to return to stores.
The Halal Guys
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The French shouldn’t have all of the foodie toothpaste fun. On our side of the Atlantic, Middle Eastern fast food chain The Halal Guys cooked up their own prank with White Sauce Toothpaste, similar to the brand’s signature sauce used on just about every dish they serve. “Our proprietary teeth whitening recipe not only tastes great, it gives you a more radiant smile! Get it today at your local restaurant,” the chain posted on Instagram. That joke was a big success unlike some other April Fool’s jokes that went horribly wrong.
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One reason pizza chain Papa John’s has a loyal fan following is because of its signature garlic sauce included with each pie. As an April Fool’s joke, they posted a video promoting a $9.99 Garlic Gallon, essentially a bottle of the stuff the size of a laundry detergent container. Fans were bummed when Papa John’s admitted it was a prank, and the chain responded by offering an extra two cups of garlic sauce with use of a promo code for a limited time. These fast food items are improving the economy.
McDonald’s: The Micro Mac
Fast food restaurants are known for super-sizing their menu items. As a joke, McDonald’s decided to go in the opposite direction by introducing the Micro Mac. “It packs all of the flavor of the iconic Big Mac at 1/48 of the size for when you’re only a tiny bit hungry,” the company said in its ad for the minuscule burger. You won’t believe these 75 mind-blowing facts about McDonald’s.
Burger King: Chicken Fries Shake
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Burger King has been known to get a little adventurous when it comes to their treat offerings, like their Scary Black Cherry Slushie for Halloween. As an April Fool’s prank, they promoted a Chicken Fries Shake. It appeared golden yellow in color with a whipped cream topping, delivered in a cup sporting a chick face—the same as the one that graces their Chicken Fries box. Thankfully, in reality, there was no such thing because…yuck. Find out 10 things you never knew about the Whopper.
McDonald’s: The Subscription Box
In an age where you can get a subscription box for just about anything (makeup, snacks, accessories, etc.), McDonald’s decided to prank on the fad with their own version—the Mmm Box—with three varieties to choose from: The Artisan, The Ribster, and The Minimalist. Each had a hilarious description; for example, The Ribster box included a McRib, a mustache-shaped comb, a plaid napkin, and irony. Check out the most expensive McDonald’s Big Mac in the world!