They say children are the harshest critics and that was certainly the case when a group of under tens from America were asked to try French food for the first time.
The youngsters were served classic dishes from the country including frog’s legs, steak tartare and dessert cheese in a video made by digital content agency The Cut and asked what they thought.
Their hilarious reactions ranged from shocked to disgusted as they learnt what their peers across the Atlantic ate for breakfast, dinner and dessert.
The hilarious reactions of American children ranged from shocked to disgusted after they were asked to try French food for the first time
One of the little boys was not impressed with the French breakfast choice of cereal with chocolate milk
A young girl agreed that chocolate milk and cereal didn’t mix, saying she felt bad for French children as it tasted ‘horrible’
Another of the boys loved the idea of chocolate milk on his cereal, saying the French were ‘living it up’
The children were first told to try what a French child would typically have for breakfast – chocolat chaud avec un croissant et des cereales – aka cereal with chocolate milk.
When one of the boys tried it and asked where he thought it was traditionally eaten, he exclaimed: ‘Let’s say a crazy country, a very crazy country where children think chocolate milk is regular milk and they dump it in cereal!’
Another blonde haired boy, fond of saying ‘oh no!’ about everything he sampled, said of the breakfast: ‘Oh man I don’t like this much sugar!’
He added: ‘You would have this in French all the time? Oh no! I hope I never live in French or move.’
Most of the children, like this boy, didn’t mind the taste of frog’s legs but where shocked when they were told what it was
Mussels didn’t go down well with this little girl who had to spit them out
These siblings agreed that steak tartare was ‘horrible’ before arguing over who should try the mussels
A young girl of a similar age agreed saying: ‘I feel bad for those kids, this is horrible.’
But one little boy was impressed. He said: ‘Instead of milk they pour hot chocolate onto their cereal? They are living it up!’
The main meals the children were served that their French contemporaries might eat for their lunch or dinner also made a big impression.
They were asked to try Tartare de boeuf el moules sauce roquefort (steak tartare and mussels) and Cuisses de grenouilles et Pate (frog’s legs and duck pate) before being told what they had eaten.
Many were horrified to be told they had eaten raw meat after tasting the steak tartare.
This youngster was not keen on being given mouldy cheese for dessert
One of the little boys concluded ‘French people are not so fancy’ after sampling what they would typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner
One boys said the food had put him off visiting Paris and another agreed saying: ‘I hope I never live in French or move’
One of the dishes the children were asked to try was steak tartare
‘Raw cow meat? My whole day’s ruined!’ said one of the boys, who originally thought he was eating salmon.
Another added: ‘Oh no I ate my sister’s favourite animal, why are you giving me this?’
Many found the mussels perplexing, with one boy asking ‘is this eels?’ and another attempting to eat the shell before being told the delicacy was in fact inside.
One little girl had to ask for permission to spit her mouthful of mussel out as she couldn’t bear to eat it.
The frog’s legs fared better – until the children were told what they were, prompting one of them to ask: ‘How come everything is gross in French?’
One girl commented that it ‘tastes like fish but it looks like chicken – is it chicken-fish?’ before being told the truth.
The duck pate was equally ill-received with one boy trying it and then concluding: ‘I am never going to Paris’, and another stating: ‘French people are so not fancy.’
The children were shocked to be told their French contemporaries could drink wine, with one boy saying he didn’t need it as he was ‘crazy’ enough already
This boy enjoyed a sip of wine, after being assured his father gave him permission to try it
The children were also unimpressed by the French option for dessert – Plateau de fromages (a cheese board).
‘I think this is from “we don’t have dessert land”,’ one of the boys said cheekily.
Another who was told what he thought was garlic on his cheese was in fact mould exclaimed in shock: ‘Are the French out of their minds?’
The children also reacted with shock when they were served a glass of red wine and told they could have a sip, as boys and girls their age could do so in France.
Many were reluctant to taste it as they knew their parents would not be happy.
‘My mum said I can’t have wine till I am 21,’ one boy said. He added that he thought the French were mad for letting their children drink it.
‘As much as I want, they’ll get kids drunk! And I am already kids drunk, I am crazy!’ he said.
Another made sure he had his father’s permission before he had a try.
‘I hope that’s not wine. I don’t want this,’ he said initially. After being told his father said it was fine, he double-checked: ‘Is it OK, dad?’ before taking a sip and finding he liked it.
‘Ahh, wine is actually good!’ he said. Asked what he thought of children drinking wine in France, he said ‘it’s fine!’ while taking another gulp.
He then added looking at his father: ‘Promise me you will never tell mommy!’