Get Baked bakery in Leeds, UK, has had to stop making its best-selling cookies and Birthday Bruce cake with sprinkles that have been deemed illegal.
A bakery in the United Kingdom has been forced to stop making one of its beloved biscuits because the sprinkles are illegal.
Yes, you read that correctly – the sprinkles are illegal. The incident, which involved Get Baked in Leeds, had been dubbed “Sprinklegate” by owner Rich Myers.
It began on October 4 when a West Yorkshire Trading Standards inspector visited the store informing them a report had been filed on their alleged illegal sprinkles.
The sprinkles were imported from the United States via a UK-based wholesaler, and were found to contain the E127 food colouring (Erythrosine), which was only approved for use in the UK and EU for cocktail cherries and candied cherries, according to the BBC.
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Myers told the BBC he at first laughed when the inspector told him they had reports of the illegal sprinkles.
“I know it sounds like a small thing, but it is a big deal for my business, we use them a lot,” Myers said.
“Our best-selling cookie, we’re not going to be able to sell them anymore. For a small independent business that only has a small menu, it’s a problem.”
Before the investigation had concluded, and he was told to stop using the sprinkles, Myers had been sharing updates on social media and saying he would not change his recipe.
“If I can’t use them, I won’t use any. I will be on sprinkle strike and won’t budge for no man.”
He went on to say on Facebook the sprinkles in the UK weren’t the same and didn’t bake the same.
The Trading Standards ordered the bakery to immediately stop using the sprinkles, and the Get Baked team were understood to be complying.
The illegal sprinkles were used on the bakery’s iconic Birthday Bruce cake and the raspberry glazed doughnut cookies – two menu items Myers said were “utterly sensational”.
“It is highly unlikely that we will find any legal sprinkles that we will use as a replacement. British sprinkles just aren’t the same, they’re totally s… and I hate them.
“I am extremely passionate about sprinkles.”
Myers, who takes a sarcastic approach on social media, said they would need to make some adjustments to the menu to “compensate for this truly horrendous ordeal”.
His message to whoever reported them: “Dear lord, what a sad little life Jane.”
“My daughter, who is now 7 months, has to live with the fact that daddy can’t take her to Disneyland because the man can’t sell any … cookies.”