Paul Owner, who runs the Cottage Bakery in Blackpool, claims it took people three years to even notice the change.
The biscuit’s gender identity sparked a mixed response when a picture was posted on Facebook, with some backing the decision and others dismissing it as part of the ‘woke agenda.’
The post – captioned ‘Non binary gingerbread people? What it’s really come to?’ – generated thousands of shares and comments.
But despite the ‘mental’ response, Paul revealed that he had been selling the non-binary gingerbread people for years without anyone realising.
Bakeries had to begin stringently labelling their products when ‘Natasha’s Law’ was laid in Parliament in 2019.
It required all businesses to provide full ingredient and allergen labelling on foods which are pre-packed for direct sale.
The law came after the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, a teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette.
‘The label is on the back so they can’t see it when it’s on the counter, and most people ask for a gingerbread man.
‘It wasn’t until the labels were on show that people started making silly comments.
‘It was done as a bit of a laugh because of people’s comments in the first place.
‘It wasn’t done to be “politically correct” and some people have thankfully taken it as a joke’.