What Do French Bakeries Sell on April Fools?
What Do French Bakeries Sell On April Fools Day?
If you’ve ever visited a bakery in France on April 1st, then you may have been delighted to find that they all sell the special pastry known as a Galette des Rois. This flaky, sweet dough is filled with frangipane (an almond-based cream), which can be found at most Parisian bakeries.
The chocolate-covered version is the most beloved. But there are other delicious variations too, like salted caramel and rose.
Making French pastries at home is an enjoyable way to try something different and many people appreciate them for being slightly different from standard pastries. Plus, making them at home can be quite enjoyable!
In addition to the Galette des Rois, they serve a type of cake called Buche de Noel. This round, chocolate-filled treat is typically served during Christmastime.
Another tradition is the creation of a Croquembouche, or tower of cream puffs. This impressive dessert option can be perfect for parties or family dinners.
These pranks can be hilarious and it’s worth testing to see if your friends or family members will join in! You could even try it at work to see if you can pull off a successful prank!
Poisson d’avril, also known as April Fish or April Fools, originated in 1564 when King Charles IX changed the French calendar from March 25th to January 1st. Despite this shift in timing, many rural French citizens continued celebrating their New Year on the old date.
In France, it’s believed that pranksters played practical jokes on those slow to adopt the new calendar. As a result, some would be labeled “fools” and their homes/businesses decorated in disparaging colors and decorations.
Though its exact origin and how it became associated with April Fool’s Day remain a mystery, some believe that it may have been inspired by other symbols borrowed from Greek, Roman and Egyptian religions and cults.
The fish was often associated with ichthus, a symbol of fertility and good luck. Thus, people believed that using the fish as an object for pranks was appropriate.
In the past, many people sent cards featuring fish as a way of wishing others good fortune. Surprisingly, these early 20th-century postcards are quite valuable today!
There’s also the fun tradition of sticking paper fish on other people’s backs. Children love doing this!
This prank is simple and the kids have a blast creating it. What’s even better, they never seem to get tired of it! They come up with creative ways of sticking them on other people’s backs without anyone ever noticing!