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How Austin Restaurants Are Pranking People for April Fools’ Day

From Easter Basket cookies with Peeps to brewing up THC cider

Tiff’s Treats’ Easter Basket cookie
Tiff’s Treats’ Easter Basket cookie
Tiff’s Treats/Facebook
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Ah, April Fools’ Day, the one day when you can’t really trust anything you read on the Internet and elsewhere. As usual, Austin restaurants and food/drink companies are participating in annual pranks, and here’s what’s out there so far:

Sweets delivery service Tiff’s Treatsfake offering of the day was the Easter Basket cookie, which sounded actually pretty realistic and decent. The cookie involved marshmallow Peeps, jelly beans, marshmallow cereal, sour candy, and red licorice.

All-day restaurant Better Half faked that it was going to get rid of its beloved cauliflower tater tots, but no, the tots are staying on the menu.

Pinthouse Pizza pretended to one-up fellow brewery Austin Beerworks with its pretend-announcement of Pinthouse Beerworks in South Austin, complete with a mechanical unicorn.

Local cider company Austin Eastciders pretended to release two new hot ciders within its Maker’s Stash lineup: the spicy wasabi-ginger cider and the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol aka the psychoactive component of cannabis ) cider. Why? “because why stop at ginger and why stop at CBD?” (The latter is the non-psychoactive cannabis component.)

Whataburger fashioned burger-scented candles.

Austin distillery Deep Eddy Vodka feigned a collaboration with California hot sauce company Tapatío with a hot sauce vodka.


601 Barton Springs Road, , TX 78704 (512) 477-9586 Visit Website

Pinthouse Pizza

2800 Hoppe Trail, , TX 78681 (512) 717-0869 Visit Website

Tiff's Treats

1806 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 473-2600 Visit Website

Better Half

25 North Fremont Street, , OR 97227 (971) 347-3152 Visit Website

Austin Eastciders Tasting Room

979 Springdale Road, Suite 130, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

2250 U.S. 290, , TX 78620 (512) 994-3534 Visit Website