Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a little bit of a trickster. I loved being a little devil. All mostly harmless of course, but there was nothing more fun than watching someone turn rosy out of embarrassment from a well placed whoopee cushion. I used to love going into magic shops and novelty stores to buy all the gags I could. Fake mustaches, color changing gum, soap that makes you smell bad, a dollar bill on fishing line – I loved all the classics. And now that I’ve grown up, not much has changed!
My favorite gag of all time though, was the Snakes-In-A-Can. It looked like a normal jar of nuts or peanut brittle, but when you opened the top, two spring loaded snakes would jump out at you! With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, I thought I might do a little twist on this gag gift. Here is my recipe for Snakes-In-A-Can! (actually filled with a delicious blend of sugary spiced nuts, get it?)
What You Need:
• An opaque container. I used a round tin.
• 1-1/2 egg whites
• 1 tablespoon water
• 1-1/2 cups walnuts
• 1 cup pecans
• 1/2 cup unblanched almonds
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Step 1: Beat egg whites and water together until frothy.
Step 2: Add your nuts and spices and stir gently till nuts are coated with the mixture.
Step 3: Spread in a single layer on a greased baking pan and bake at 300 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.
Step 4: Let them cool and pack them in your Snakes-In-A-Can jar for a delicious April Fools surprise!
I work at a pretty wacky place and I know there will be some April foolery going on. I’m going to give these to my boss and some other co-worker friends and I know they’ll just get a kick out of it. And the best part is, with a gift this good, how could they be mad at all the other pranks they are going to get?
- Tin Labels • I chose the “Boxicle” style in the color Spice and uploaded my own drawing of a snake.