Did you fall for any of these April Fools’ Day pranks?

Mash Direct proved to be the (ice) cream of the crop of today’s April Fool tricks as the NI company posted about a radical new direction.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 12:00 pm
Mash Direct introduced three flavours of mash-infused ice cream

The Comber-based vegetable producers chose April 1 to introduce a new range of mash-infused ice creams.

On its website the company said it had blended luxury ice-cream with its award-winning mashed potato, champ and carrot and parsnip.

Fresh from the family farm the three new ice-cream flavours were – ‘Champ-ions’, ‘Bon Ap-potato’, and ‘24 Carat & Parsnip’.

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The company said: “Our newest range can be enjoyed in the warm weather or as one of your five-a-day and is perfect for a variety of occasions, such as entertaining your bubble outdoors.

“The best thing about our new ice-cream, ensuring that it is streets ahead of any competitors, is that it doesn’t melt so you NEVER have to worry about how quickly to eat it.

“Another amazing bonus for those of you with sensitive gnashers is that we have mastered the art of getting the most perfect temperature, texture and consistency meaning you are able to BITE straight into it – two words... Life. Changing.”

Those who’d fallen for the prank were told the product was only available for a limited time, “so get it while it’s warm”.

Still on the chilled theme weatherman Barra Best tricked some of his followers with a post on Twitter showing snow on Black Mountain.

Along with the video he commented: “It’s a winter wonderland morning. Lots of fresh snow over hills and mountains. This is Divis & Black mountain in Belfast. Snowman time!”

Fellow TV weather personality Angie Phillips replied: “You ain’t fooling me.”

Veteran Broughshane newsagent Eugene Diamond went for a similar prank posting a video of snowfall outside his premises.

Many replied to say he’d fooled them until they checked the date.

The News Letter came up with its own attempt to pull the wool over people eyes on April 1 when we revealed that Holywood residents were running for hills over plans for a £1.5m Hollywood-style sign.

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We reported that the Co Down town was to follow in the footsteps of its glitzy US namesake, Hollywood, Los Angeles, after planners gave the go-ahead for the erection of a giant sign.

We said the project was the brainchild of local businessman Crawford Wylie-Fox, who would be footing the entire bill.

Columnist Alex Kane’s April Fool came with a barb of sarcasm.

He shared a fake post from the Executive Office stating that: “The First and deputy First Minister have, with immediate effect, recommitted to collectivity, consensus, civility, parity of esteem and an end to confusion. There will be a press conference before noon.”