Jello Juice (April Fools Juice Prank)

I love spending time with my kids. And as much as I want to be a good parent, there are times when we play basketball when I need to stuff the heck out their shot and show them who’s who (all in a very playful way that won’t cause years of therapy).

So when I have the opportunity to (innocently) prank them, I’m going to take it (remember, we’re trying to avoid years of therapy to get over bad parenting trauma). This morning when my kids go to sip their orange juice, they’re going to be surprised when they realize it’s jello.

What’s great about this recipe is it’s super easy to make and you can do it the night before. You can also use the same recipe for any juice. So if your kid isn’t crazy about orange juice, replace it with whatever they like.

One bit of advice. Don’t skimp on the quality of the juice. The first time I tried this out, I went super cheap. If you don’t like drinking the juice, you won’t want to eat it.

For the whole April Fool’s Day breakfast, check out: Breakfast Prank (Surprise Your Kids April Fools Morning)


  • 4 cups orange juice (or your kid’s favorite juice)
  • 2 packets Knox gelatin (about 5 tsp powdered gelatin)


  1. Measure 1/2 cup of the orange juice into a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin on top, stir, and set aside to bloom for 5 minutes.
Orange Juice and Gelatin
Orange Juice and Gelatin

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  1. Stir the gelatin mixture again (it should look like apple sauce by now).
Hydrated Gelatin
The hydrated gelatin should look the consistency of apple sauce.
  1. Heat the gelatin mixture in the microwave for about 15 seconds – remove and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Depending on the strength of your microwave, you may need another 15 seconds.
Heated and dissolved gelatin
After heating, the gelatin mixture will be much smoother
  1. Pour the gelatin mixture and the remaining orange juice into a large bowl (preferably something with a pourable lip). Stir until well mixed.

Dad Tip: If you’re at all bothered by any sort of lumps in jello, pour the whole batch of mixed jello juice through a strainer to get out any unmixed gelatin lumps. This step is totally optional.

  1. Pour the gelatin/juice mixture into juice glasses (you can also add some straws at this point if you want to up your prank level).
Orange jello juice in 3 different glasses
  1. Let the jello juice sit in the refrigerator until set (about 4 hours). Serve up with an April Fools Egg and Toast and enjoy watching your kids get pranked!
April Fools Breakfast

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Gregory Grabowski

Greg Grabowski is the principal creator of, a website for dads by dads. Inspired by his two boys Ben and Sam and his wife Dianna, Greg loves to make things, learn things, and loves doing fun stuff with his family.

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