Earth Month fast food specials, April Fools’ Day jokes and more vegan news of the week


It seems that every week in vegan diet news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. Vegan fast-food chains Veggie Grill and Next Level Burger are celebrating Earth Month with new menu items and promotions. An Everything Bagel flavored vegan chocolate just launched for all your 4/20 needs. And this year’s April Fools’ Day jokes — presented by vegan favorites like Tofurky — were funnier than ever. Read on for more.

1Earth Month arrives at Veggie Grill

Eating traditional fast food — with all its polluting beef and dairy — is not a good way to honor the planet. However, when this fast food is vegan, it’s a whole different story. And vegan fast-food chain Veggie Grill is celebrating Earth Month with several new initiatives.

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First, the chain is helping plant-based newbies broaden their horizons on VG Rookie Day (April 25). On this day, every customer who brings a vegan newbie to a Veggie Grill location will receive a BOGO meal. What is the chain for? Think shareable apps like buffalo wings and big vegan chicken salads, along with classic burgers with all the fixins, sides, and desserts. All the things that help keep beginner vegans on track.

Veggie Grill is also helping the planet with their VG Classic Burger, which consists of a Beyond Meat burger, American cheese, special sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion, and is served on a vegan brioche bun. During the month of April, Veggie Grill will donate a portion of proceeds from the VG Classic Burger to Grades of Green, an organization that provides young people with tools and resources to build a greener future.

2Spicy spring menu at Next Level Burger

The Earth Month celebrations continue at fast food chain Next Level Burger (NLB), where spring is all about spice. The chain is adding 16 new options, including burgers, sausages and chicken sandwiches, many of which come with a kick of heat.

Notable spicy items include the Fire Chik’n Burger (covered in homemade Next Level Ghost Sauce); Ghost Pepper Popper Burger (featuring a spicy Ghost Pepper Ranch); and Spicy Kraut Brat (which gets its spiciness from pickled jalapeño and spicy brown mustard).

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Also on the menu is a new Good Catch Crispy Fish Burger with a Good Catch fish patty, lemon herb hayo, lettuce, tomato and American cheese. This vegan fish burger not only saves the ocean by replacing fish with a vegan alternative, but through April 30, 10 percent of its proceeds will benefit the environmental non-profit organization Ocean Blue Project.

Owned by vegan couple Matt and Cierra de Gruyter, NLB has been serving eco-friendly fast food since opening its first Oregon location in 2014. The chain has since expanded to locations in Whole Food Markets in California, Washington, Texas, New York and Colorado with plans to open 1,000 locations coast-to-coast.

3All bagel spice on a candy bar?

On April 20, Earth Month celebrations turn to celebrating a specific plant, and a collaboration between two Los Angeles-area companies takes this year’s snacking to a whole new level. Cleverly named bagel chain Yeastie Boys and upscale edibles brand Kiva Confections have combined their talents to create this year’s Munchies Bar – a candy bar that Kiva releases in small batches each year.

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This year, the cold-water hash-infused dark chocolate bar is generously sprinkled with Yeastie Boys’ signature salty Everything Bagel seasoning. That means the bottom of this slightly sweet chocolate bar is pressed with sesame and poppy seeds, garlic, onion, and salt for a filling sweet and salty (… and garlicky) snack.

Everything Bagel Seasoning Munchies bars — each containing a total of 100mg of THC — are available for $20 each at select dispensaries across California while supplies last.

4Funny vegan April Fools’ jokes

April Fool’s Day is that divisive holiday that has everyone’s lie detection skills on high alert and vegan brands brought up some great jokes this year.

Chickpea pasta brand Banza teased its Just the Sauce packs of macaroni and cheese sauce, one of which was made plant-based. The joke here is that Banza was pretending to make a real product based on customer feedback on Banza’s (actual) new mac and cheese meals. It turns out his customers just want to use the sauce for other things, and Banza’s April Fools’ suggestions include granola, apples, and just a spoonful.

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Other brands have also gotten involved in the stupidity. Tofurky apparently bottles meaty scents that have run out of their steam ovens into three delicious “pure furkin” seltzer flavors: Slammin’ Smokehouse, Poppin’ Pepper, and Grateful Gravy. Vegan chain HipCityVeg offers a (completely fake, but maybe delicious?) sweet potato fries shake served with a drizzle of raspberry ketchup. And raisin brand Sun-Maid launched “Grape Jerky,” which is made by drying grapes in the good old sun—and if that “jerky” sounds a lot like regular raisins, that’s because it is.

Over in Europe, German brand GREENFORCE – whose ambassadors include vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian – took fans back to the 1600s with the “introduction” of their dodo burgers, real vegan burgers that taste just like extinct dodo birds… and the joke came with a strong message.

“The world has not seen a dodo since 1681. It is in many ways a tragedy and an example of human-caused extinction,” Baboumian said in a statement. “Who knows… if tasty plant-based meats existed back then, we might still have dodos today. We need to find a way to ensure this doesn’t happen again and give people alternatives to eating animals.”

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Also, did you know that Starbucks has finally dropped its vegan milk supplement? But here’s the rub: It only applies to its new CauliMilk, a vegan milk made from delicious, indulgent, and slightly sulfurous cauliflower.

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