Some of the best April Fools' pranks of all time have been food-related: the BBC's report on the Swiss spaghetti harvest in the 1950s; the left-handed Whopper from Burger King; Taco Bell's purchase of the Liberty Bell.
In that spirit, we turned to Homaro Cantu, noted chef, food prankster and host of Planet Green's "Future Food," for a little help in coming up with something to fool our friends.
4 tablespoons squid ink (available from gourmet retailers or online)
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
pinch of salt
1 loaf unsliced white bread
4 cups vegetable oil
What to do:
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the squid ink, rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan to 325 degrees.
3. Cut all of the crust from the bread.
4. Cut rounded cubes to resemble charcoal briquettes or rip the bread to resemble natural charcoal.
5. Toss the bread in the squid ink mixture until fully coated. Lay on a cooling rack with a tray under it to drip dry for 10 minutes.
6. Carefully drop your "briquettes" into the hot oil and cook 2-3 minutes until crispy.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun