A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from October 18, 2016
“How do you make an apple puff?"/"Chase it around the garden.”

An apple puff riddle is:

Q: How do you make an apple puff?
A: Chase it around the garden.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1975.

“How do you make a cheese puff?"/"Chase it around the block,” “How do you make a cream puff?"/"Chase it around the block,” “How do you make a lemon puff?"/"Chase it round the garden” and “How do you make a potato puff?"/"Chase it around the garden” are similar riddles.


Wikipedia: Puff pastry
Puff pastry, also known as pâte feuilletée, is a flaky light pastry made from a laminated dough composed of dough (détrempe) and butter or other solid fat (beurrage). The butter is put inside the dough (or vice versa), making a paton which is repeatedly folded and rolled out before baking.

14 December 1975, The Sun-Herald (Sydney, Australia), “Riddles,” Comic Sec., pg. 6, col. 5:
Q. How do you make aa apple puff?
A. Chase it round the yard.
-- Judith Flegg (10), Toongabbie

Google Books
The Ha Ha Bonk Book
By Janet Ahlberg
New York, NY: Puffin Books
1982
Pg. ?:
How do you make an apple puff?
Chase it round the garden.

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Apple Puff…
Steve Cross
12/3/98
How do you make an apple puff?
Chase it around the garden.

Google Books
The Sleepover Joke Book
By Sandy Ransford
Illustrated by Emily Bannister
New York, NY: Puffin Books
2003
Pg. ?:
How do you make an apple puff?
Chase it round the garden.

Twitter
Stuart Hehir
‏@StuartHehir
@jemimakiss: how do you make an apple puff? Chase it around the garden.
9:16 AM - 17 Dec 2008

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2011
Pg. 115:
How do you make an apple puff?
Chase it round the garden.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/ljeyres September 4, 2015
How do you make an apple puff?
Chase it round the garden. Usually followed by ‘how do you make a sausage roll? Push it down the hill’

Google Books
1001 Kid’s Jokes
By Kay Barnham
London: Arcturus Publishing
2016
Pg. ?:
How do you make an apple puff?
Chase it around the kitchen.