Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

KFC Fried Chicken Bucket and Sides…APRIL FOOLS!

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Your kids are going to get a huge kick out of our KFC April Fools’ idea and this fun dessert is very easy to make!

April Fools Day KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken Meal & Sides Dessert

We always have a blast making April Fools food! I guess most of the food that we make could be considered a April Fools kind of thing to begin with since we make fun things out of our food. However, this is what we consider April Fools to be when making something with food.

We live in Marietta, GA …the home of the KFC Big Chicken! When people visit Atlanta or you just need to find a location here…I can pretty much guarantee that someone will direct you with the words….when you get to the big chicken turn left…or keep on going past the big chicken…etc… It’s our landmark here in Marietta and people just love it! What is not to love about a giant moving chicken!

April Fools Day KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken Meal & Sides Dessert

My 2 older boys actually have their own big chicken made out of wood that they keep in their room. Here are my boys with their smaller version of the Marietta big chicken…

April Fools Day KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken Meal & Sides Dessert

We thought it would be fun to recreate a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner with a dessert. This is how we made it.

Bucket of Chicken…

8 c. Kelloggs Rice Krispies
1 Bag Mini Marshmallows
4 T. Butter
White Candy Coating
Peanut Butter
Bran Flaks (we used flaks from Kelloggs Raisin Bran)
Large Pretzel Sticks

We first made our leg bones by attaching 2 small marshmallows on the ends with cookie frosting. Let that dry on wax paper. It will look like this…

Turn Rice Krispie Treats into a Turkey Legs for easy & fun for the Kids!

Melt the white candy coating (use package directions) and dip the rods to cover. Don’t bother dipping the ends that you are holding…that is going to be covered up anyways. Let that dry on the wax paper.

Now make the rice krispie treats. Place the butter and mini marshmallows in a large bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir… then add the cereal to coat. Let that cool just a bit. Spray your hands with cooking spray and mound on some of the krispie treats on top of the bones. Press it firmly and shape. Let that cool just a bit more. Flip it over and press on more of the cereal treats on the other side. Press firmly and let that set on the wax paper. They will look like this…

Turn Rice Krispie Treats into a Turkey Legs for easy & fun for the Kids!

These would also make great turkey legs for a fun Thanksgiving dessert!

Turn Rice Krispie Treats into a Turkey Legs for easy & fun for the Kids!

Keep the bran flakes ready in a bowl. We crushed some and left some of them. You could also use regular corn flakes, but my kids love Raisin Bran and that just looked more realistic to me. Take the left over candy coating and melt for 20 seconds in microwave…or until melted. Stir in just a little bit of peanut butter to that for a off white color. I am always trying to find excuses to add peanut butter into everything!;) Spread the candy coating on the outside. This will also help set the chicken legs so they don’t fall apart. Sprinkle the crushed flakes on the outside. Dip the larger flakes in the coating and press on the outside. That’s it for the legs.

April Fools Day KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken Meal & Sides Dessert

You could also make other chicken pieces instead of all legs. We made ours kind of big to fit in the KFC bucket, but I would make them smaller for kids. I wouldn’t let my kids eat a whole leg…they would be bouncing off the walls!

Corn on the Cobb…

Yellow and White Gourmet Jelly Beans
White Cookie Frosting
1 Yellow Starburst

I have seen Corn on the Cobb cupcakes before made with jelly beans, so we just changed that up a bit and used Twinkies. Looks a bit more realistic that way…and a lot easier! We also cut our jelly beans in half to save on some sugar here. Adding jelly beans to Twinkies seems crazy right?ha My kids would think it was more of a April Fools joke that I would let them eat a whole one of these (which I wouldn’t..just half). We cut off the ends of the Twinkies. We squeezed a little cookie frosting on the jelly bean half and lined them up on the Twinkie. Melt a Starburst in the microwave for 5 seconds and press that to look like butter melting. We did sprinkle some decorating white sugar on top to look like salt.

April Fools Corn With Jelly Beans

Baked Beans…

Sugar Babies (in any candy isle)
A Chocolate Pudding Cup
A Vanilla Pudding Cup (you could also use butterscotch instead of both)
A Dab of Red and Orange Food Coloring

These baked beans looked the most realistic to me and it was so easy to do. Just mix the puddings together until you get a med. brown color. Just put a tiny bit of red and orange coloring to get the right color. Don’t even put a drop…just add with a toothpick. Poor the Sugar Daddies in a bowl and add the pudding.

April Fools Day KFC Baked Beans Dessert

This was so fun to make and perfect to pull out for dessert on April Fools! The fake fried chicken legs turned out so tasty that I could have eaten a whole bucket full of them myself!

April Fools Day KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken Meal & Sides Dessert

Hmmm….is this really corn on the cobb? I love me some good ol’ fried chicken!

April Fools Day KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken Meal & Sides Dessert

If you like our KFC April Fools‘ idea, make sure to check out all of our other fun April Fools’ Day food ideas & pranks HERE!

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  1. Fantastic job! I bet they loved it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh my that is a riot! Perfect for April Fools Day! Great ideas! I can't believe how real the beans look!

  3. Thanks! They really did love it!

  4. Awesome! I'm currently working on my April Fools day menu. This is an awesome idea! Love the KFC buckets.

  5. This is stinking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE it and pinning it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Incredible and hilarious! The debate is do I make it to fool the kids or do I have them help create it to fool others? hehe

  7. Wow, this is awesome! Love it! :0)

  8. So much fun! I think I am going to try this.

  9. Wowness! This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it at Mrs. Foxs Sweet Party ๐Ÿ™‚ I am in awe!

  10. Your amazing! Who else would have thought of that! Love it all!

  11. Oh my gosh…I love everything you do but this is just FANTASTIC! I am so impressed, this is too darn cute! Great job ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Ha ha, this is amazing, Jill! At first I thought you just did the chicken and the corn, and you had real beans there to throw us off(somehow I missed it!). Then I read it again, and realized the beans are pudding and candy!?! They look so real! You sure fooled me. Your boys must have had so much fun with this:)

  13. Thank you so much! The beans definitely turned out the most realistic…even fooled my husband!

  14. This is amazing!!! Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially the chicken – WOW!!!! And yes, those beans really do look like the real thing! Great job.

  15. Stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show you some blog luv! def enjoyed this post new follower! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Wow! These are too cute! i am going to make these! Will KFC really sell you the buckets empty?

  17. great job with these! looks so real, all 3!

  18. This is SO adorable! My kids aren't little anymore, but I think they would still enjoy a little "KFC" for April 1st.

  19. That is hilarious! So cute too! What a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. This was an awesome post! Very clever…..i am working on an april fools dinner and this will be perfect for the dessert. Found you at my daughter's site, Trendy Treehouse! I would love to have you visit my blog and follow if you wish….
    Have a wonderful evening….NeeCee

  21. this is amazing! How fun!! My boys would love this much better than fried chicken! Thanks for sharing!

  22. That's amazing! I've seen April fools food before, but this is by far the best!! The baked beans would even fool the colonel!

  23. That is seriously amazing. The buckets put it over the top. Love it!

  24. This is so cute! I love the Twinkie corn on the cobs! And those beans seriously look so real, I don't think I would be able to eat them!

  25. SOO Much fun! Lol, this would be awesome to take to a shared lunch sometime.

  26. You are AWESOME. Seriously….super genius! That is just about the coolest April Fool's food I have ever seen.

  27. I love this! So awesome. Now this is chicken my kid would eat.

  28. This is the coolest thing I've ever seen!!!! Genius!!!

  29. The corn on the cob is my favorite!

  30. Wow! I, too, thought the baked beans were real!

    My grandparents lived in Acworth beginning in the early 1960s, and I can remember the big chicken at Marietta! Thanks for that reminder from my childhood!

  31. Tooooooo funnyI'd like to invite you to share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Friday @Toys In The Dryer !

  32. I just can't get over how realistic this April Fool's Day meal looks. You did an incredible job. I'd love to dig into those baked beans. Yum!

  33. I love it…how clever! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Awesome April Fool! You always have such great ideas and I look forward to seeing what's coming next!

    Just stopping by to say Hi! And to let you know that you are the recipient of the Sunshine Award! You can find the details on this Saturday's post at A Pinch of Joy. Have a great weekend!

  35. Oh, My goodness! You are amazing. Those look so authentic.

  36. Oh my heck! how cute!….and your right, the "baked beans" are a dead ringer for the real thing!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  37. I can't believe how realistic these look. What a great treat any time but especially April 1st!

  38. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much!

  39. I love this, brilliant and well done! I'm putting it in my April Fool's roundup ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. You are ridiculously clever! I have to pin this I'm just trying to figure out which category… Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  41. What a great idea! I'd love for you to share this at Sweet & Simple Sunday!!

  42. OH My goodness you guys are awesome as I was browsing through your site for some easter craft ideas and I came across this as I was looking at it I thought it was really some KFC but oh my I'm really trippin you guys are very cool and talented (of course you know that already) so now I'm taking notes for everything including the easter craft ideas…. LOL <3

  43. This is soooo adorable! You really made "dinner" fun for your kids! My aunt lives in Marietta too. I've passed by the big chicken many times!

  44. This is too cute! I'm going to make this for the kids…thanks!

  45. You BLOW ME AWAY! This is amazingly creative & SO cute!! This is AMAZING! I featured this at TGIF this week – – Thanks again for linking up & sharing your creativity with the rest of us. I look forward to seeing what you link up this week!!
    Beth =-)

  46. These are so cute and very realistic looking – especially the beans! Thanks for sharing

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

    I featured you on my blog today, come check it out:

  48. Just did a blog about April Fool's Day food inspired by your incredible blog. Thank you for the great ideas!
    Here it is if you would like a peek –

  49. This are so cute! I made some for my cousins baby shower. Instead of corn I used your Mac and cheese. And I also left out the pretzals. I thought it would be a little more simple like that. They were a hit! Thanks so much for the great ideas.

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  51. OMG that is amazing. There is no way I would ever be able to make that. I am jealous!

  52. This is absolutely amazing!!!! I love it!!!

  53. But what are you gonna use now that there's no Twinkies?

  54. You can use Cloud Cakes from Little Debbie!:)

  55. This is genius! I absolutely must follow your kitchen adventures after seeing this!

  56. This is awesome! I work at KFC. I really need to try this and take it to work with me!! I love it!

  57. That is so awesome! Could be my favorite!


  58. This is awesome! I work at KFC. I really need to try this and take it to work with me!! I love it!

  59. I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week Jill. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}

  60. I made these for my daughters class today! They didn't turn out near as good as yours but still adorable! Thanks for the idea and will definitely give you credit when I blog about it!

  61. This is awesome! Thank you for the great ideas!
    KFC food Coupon

  62. I tried to make the chip legs and I can’t get the cereal to mold around the pretzel rod.
    The only thing I did different was microwave the butter and marshmallows.
    Could that cause the cereal to be loose.
    I did spray my hands with some oil and it didn’t make a difference.
    Would appreciate your thoughts ASAP as I would like to make them for Thanksgiving.
    Thank you!

  63. I needed a fake chicken leg for a church skit and made this using a few inedible items. I did use Raisin Bran and it worked great!!!ย 
    Thanks for a fabulous idea!! You are a creative genius!