Food has a way of bringing us joy in life, and it does so in many different ways. The first and most obvious way is by feeding us — just being nourished by food and not becoming a victim to hunger is a joy in itself. There’s also the pleasure we get from eating it; a gooey macaroni and cheese, a decadent chocolate cake, or even a crispy, salty potato chip are all pleasurable acts of feeding ourselves. Last but not least, there’s the fact that food brings us joy by connecting us with people, whether it’s at a family dinner party, on a first date at a restaurant, or helping out at a soup kitchen.
One way food brings us joy, which may not come up that often, is through laughter. As a universal necessity to all humankind, and something that can be manipulated by our own hands, food is actually a great vehicle for creating a few laughs here and there — whether by accident or on purpose.
Who can forget the classic scene in Harold Ramis’ Caddyshack, when a candy bar was thrown into the pool and caused everyone to panic because, er, well…you know. Or what about in NBC’s The Office, when the humble yet jokester Jim played by John Krasinski decided to handicap his coworker’s staplers in a block Jell-O?
That’s just the beginning of it, though, because there are plenty of food pranks that can bring a smile to our faces. Did you ever think about the fact that mayonnaise has the same consistency of a donut? You will now. Or how about the fact that people can be so blindsided by the sight of a cookie jar, that they don’t even take the time to stop and realize that they’re eating a dog bone? From switching out ingredients of popular foods to using food to create a gross factor, these are some of the funniest pranks in the food world, and just reading about them will bring you some comedic joy.
Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce