Few things satisfy like watching children learn that food is more confusing than mystery-flavored Airheads. For instance, the vegan alternatives to any and everything, now that plant burgers bleed and algae, of all things, pass for eggs. For its latest installment, HiHo — the YouTube channel where kids try things they would’ve refused if they’d fully understood the situation — tricked a bunch of grade-school victims into trying their first vegan dishes. They’re fed “chicken” nuggets, “cheese” nachos, a “bacon burger,” and “ice cream” sandwiches, all scrubbed of their animal-product-containing ingredients. The grave concern on their faces when someone says, “What if I told you there’s no chicken in that?” is worth the trip alone.
In the end, their responses to veganism aren’t that different from the country’s at large: One kid says no way is she ever going vegan. One insists that there are “no vegans in Texas,” and declares veganism “sad.” A third cleverly evades a question about giving up meat by saying, “No, I want to be American.” A fourth learns “alcohol” is among fake bacon’s umpteen ingredients, and seems ready to reconsider it. And the last girl actually claims to now “love vegan food,” but does so while staring off miserably into the distance.