According to Leeds Live, Get Baked received an unexpected visit from Trading Standards agents on October 1, who informed owners that they “must stop using their sprinklers with immediate effect.”
In a now-viral Facebook post, popular North Lane bakery Headingley called the request “very boring” because their best-selling pastries are covered in a colorful topping.
They have been told that the glitter used is imported from the United States and contains a coloring ingredient that does not meet British standards – something the bakery has called ‘crazy’.
In protest, they said the bakery would go on a “spray strike” because “won’t budge for anyone.”
‘SprinkleGate’, as it has been dubbed online, has been shared tens of thousands of times online with many foodie supporters alongside the bakery.
The saga began on October 3, when the bakery posted Trading Standards’ “nice visit” to Facebook after an unhappy customer filed a complaint.
The post said: “This weekend has been absolutely sensational, we’ve had customer visits from countless cities, sold f *** tons of Bruce in various forms, oh and not to mention a lovely one. Visiting Trading Standards Friday after someone reported us for using what are apparently illegal sprinkles.
Still defiant, three days later they released another update stating that they would continue to sell their sweet treats with the illegal sprinkles.
They said, “I still haven’t heard from Trading Standards regarding the Sprinklegate scandal.
“Therefore, at the moment, the raspberry iced cookies are still available. “
But unfortunately, on October 11, they were forced to throw in the towel.
In an exasperated post, they said they would no longer serve baked goods with the nuggets.
They said the person who complained had “such a sad little life, Jane” – a reference to perhaps the most famous scene from Come Dine With Me.
And added that their seven-month-old daughter couldn’t go to Disneyland anymore because “the man can’t sell f ** king cookies.”
The now viral Facebook post read: “This is not good news.
“We have heard from Trading Standards and have been told that we need to stop using our sprinkles with immediate effect.
“Obviously, we will follow the rules and remove them now.
“While this might seem like not a big deal, it’s actually pretty boring, as A LOT of people ask for Bruce’s Birthday and Donut Rasperry Frozen Cookies are not only our best-selling cookies, they are quite sensational.
“It is VERY unlikely that we will find any legal glitter that we will use as a replacement. “
He said he was “extremely passionate about sprinkles”, adding that UK sprinkles “just aren’t the same” and hated them.
He continued: “I have to think about it, obviously we will have to make some adjustments to the menu in order to compensate for this really horrible ordeal.
“To anyone who has reported us to Trading Standards, all I have to say, dear Lord, what a sad little life Jane.
“My daughter, who is now 7 months old, has to live with the fact that daddy can’t take her to Disneyland because the man can’t sell fucking cookies.
“Done and done. “
Deputy manager Roisin Taylor, 25, said the whole situation was “totally ridiculous” and said they just wanted to bake the “best cakes” to “bring happiness to people”.
The bakery, famous for its 24-layer Bruce chocolate cake, said it was angry with the complaint which was a “massive shock.”
Roisin said: “It was a bit ridiculous if you ask me.
“These are amazing nuggets, and everything we do, we do it to make the best product possible and American nuggets are simply the best.
“It’s the only thing we use from overseas, but it makes the biggest difference.
“It has upset us all and I can’t believe anyone would go out of their way to do it.
“We just want to bring joy and happiness to people with our sweet treats and make the best product possible. “
EU rules that are still in place in the UK have banned the use of E127 coloring in foods because it contains coal tar coloring, and scientists have linked the use of E127 to hyperactive children and behavioral problems.
The addictive dye is used in America as a cherry dye in cake decorating and sprinkles.
Defending the bakery, Vanessa Crooke said: “Like someone really reported you for illegal watering, people have too much free time. “
Twitter user @viqqyy, whose tweet has been liked and retweeted nearly 50,000 times, urged people to show their support for the independent business.
She tweeted: “Go like them on Facebook and enter their contest where the guy will literally come to your house anywhere in England and deliver a giant cake called Bruce. “