Updated Apr 1, 2023 - Economy

Is it an April Fools' prank, or just a weird product?

Photo illustration: Courtesy of Nissin Foods

Be on high alert for April Fools’ Day jokes and pranks today, including fake product announcements.

The big picture: April 1 is a good day to have some trust issues.

  • In 2021, Volkswagen announced a few days before April Fools' that it was changing its name to Voltswagen, only to admit that it was a prank.

Yes, but: Some products that sound like pranks turn out to be real.

  • When we heard Nissin Foods launched "Cup Noodles Breakfast" at Walmart this week, we immediately were suspicious of the limited-edition product that “blends ramen with your favorite breakfast flavors, including pancakes, maple syrup, sausage and eggs.”
  • But Nissin Foods confirmed to Axios that the product is indeed for sale at 3,000 select Walmart stores and online.

Also not a joke: The Van Leeuwen limited-run Hidden Valley Ranch ice cream, which Axios NW Arkansas co-author Worth Sparkman recently taste-tested.

Be smart: Trust nobody Saturday, especially not the pranksters in your family or sneaky coworkers.

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