A cafe has sparked a heated debate by removing gingerbread men from its menu, replacing it with ‘gingerbread gender neutral person’ instead.
A gingerbread man biscuit is a Christmas staple around the globe and dates back to the 15th century.
However, a cafe named The Tannery, in Auckland, New Zealand, changed the name to be more inclusive.
Owner Andre Cettina told Stuff the name change after a number of customers questioned why they had been called gingerbread men in the first place.
‘It started off a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it’s actually become a focal point and started a bit of a discussion at the counter with a lot of people taking photos,’ she said.
Since the name change, she said more adults have been reaching for the tasty treat.
‘It used to be that 90 per cent of the time we sold [the gingerbread biscuits], it was to kids. There’s a lot more people buying them now, which is quite funny,’ she said.
Some customers were upset at removing the gender from the gingerbread snack.
‘PC gone mad, always been ginger bread man, why change now. It’s a biscuit, not a living creature. I find this all so sad,’ one person wrote.
‘This ridiculous, PC gone mad, what’s next, the world’s gone bonkers,’ wrote another.
‘Boycott them just for their gross stupidity,’ another wrote.
The New Zealand cafe is not the first to change the name of gingerbread men.
In 2018, the coffee shop at the Scottish parliament changed the name of the biscuit as well.