After watching this hilariously enlightening video, your kid heading back to school might not be complaining about that cafeteria sloppy joe after all.
The results are not only adorable, but rather unexpected.
“The worst reaction was probably the food from India,” Mike Gaston, Cut.com’s creative director, told ABC News. “Right off the top they were definitely not enjoying it.”
“I apologize in advance,” the first child began in the video when confronted with a bowl of the Indian food, a combination of Sambar, sweet kesari, rice and chaas. “It looks like a big piece of poo surrounded by corn.”
The chaas, a yogurt-based drink, did not go over so well.
“It’s not milk. I know it’s not milk,” the little boy said, hesitating before taking his first sip.
“I don’t like it,” said another, shaking his head.
The meal from Afghanistan, a high energy biscuit, was far and away the favorite.
“It was really interesting to see them get excited about the lunch from Afghanistan,” Gaston explained. “It was really surprising, actually. It’s basically a 900-calorie cookie. It’s a very dense, hard cookie.”
The children guessed that it was either a sponge cake, old bread or even a piece of cheese.
“I don’t know, but it looks delicious,” said one little girl staring at the Afghani meal.
“This is actually really sweet and tastes really good,” said another young girl.
Cut.com’s main goal for creating this video was “to show kids something about these other cultures that’s familiar so that when they are confronted with bigger international news it has more of an impact because it’s been contextualized into something they can relate to,” Gaston said.
He said the whole point of viral content is to entertain the online community, but at Cut.com, they hope to create moments that invite people to empathize with situations beyond their typical upbringing.
“What can we do to make other cultures relevant for kids in a real way?” Gaston said. “It’s interesting that American kids view other cultures in a way that’s always so academic or out of a textbook, but this gives them an opportunity to empathize and little bit with the kinds of things they would gravitate toward.”