Sydney cafe makes 'diabetes' dessert menu gaffe

July 2, 2014, 10:50 am Nicola Heath Yahoo7 Lifestyle

Sydney cafe Paramount Coffee Project learns the hard way that diabetes is not a dessert.

Sydney cafe makes diabetes dessert menu gaffe

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The 'Diabetes' dessert. Credit: Twitter

A popular Sydney café has apologised after launching an 'offensive' secret menu item.

Last week the Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills announced the launch of a new dessert via a Facebook status update.

“DIABETES: the first addition to our secret menu. It won’t be written down, you have to ask for it…So come on in and ask for DIABETES,” read the post.

The dessert in question was a jam cronut with peanut butter ice cream, dulce de leche, drenched in espresso – a decadent dish that Elvis would have loved.

PCP deleted initial post after it attracted hundreds of often abusive comments from people offended by the flippant reference to a serious illness.

Irate commenters then took to the café’s reviews page to vent their disapproval.

“Would you name a dessert after Muscular Dystrophy? Or cancer? These are diseases, not names of food,” wrote Sara Lee Brown.

Although PCP have tried to hose down the furore with an apology issued via Facebook, the social media storm continues.

The cafe's apology. Credit: Facebook

Many of the critical Facebook comments came from type 1 diabetes sufferers who took offence to the implication that they caused their illness by eating OTT desserts like this one.

Parents of children with diabetes also registered their disapproval of the name.

“Have you ever held a child of 3yo in your arms as they convulsed from a hypoglycemic seizure, screaming in pain, eyes rolled back in their head while you tried to dial paramedics? How about sitting bedside praying your child doesn't slip into an irreversible coma due to hyperglycemia. Your pathetic dessert doesn't even come close to diabetes,” wrote Laurie Bell.

An angry Facebook comment. Credit: Facebook

Others couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. James Fitzell wrote that he found the joke "witty and not at all offensive."

"No one bats an eyelid when a restaurant calls itself "Heart Attack Grill", with burger names like Quadruple Bypass but for some reason a clever name for a sugary dessert gets everyone up in arms. Personally it sounds like an awesome dessert to me, I want to try it!"

If, like James Fitzell, you want to try the controversial dessert too, you still can. Just ask for the Candy Mountain.

What do you think of the Diabetes dessert - humorous or in poor taste? Let us know at the Y7 Lifestyle Facebook page.

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  1. Gavin K09:27pm Friday 18th July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    No need to be insensitive about this. It's just a desert. The 'heaven' desert, for example isn't intended to insult those who have someone who has gone to heaven.

  2. chris06:04pm Sunday 06th July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    so the chef wants diabetes? Is that what it is about?

  3. Peter01:21pm Thursday 03rd July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    There are a few meals named after Heart Attack. Like those the name infers its not a health option but something to enjoy if you like that type of food. It would not matter what name they used some one would say something but at least this name got them in the headlines. They will make some sales for sure.

  4. Jeremy12:14pm Thursday 03rd July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    The difference is that, for a lot of people, Diabetes is the result of their own gluttony. Not always, so I agree that this is in very bad taste. It makes me look at the picture in disgust too. On the other hand, I have no sympathy for "sufferers" of obesity which is a self-inflicted disease, nor for those whose gluttony and laziness and reckless choices have led them to "suffer" from anything at all. Same goes for smokers with "diseases" - if you do it to yourself, stop complaining. I just feel sorry for the children of parents who set such a bad example and lead them onto a path of similar problems before they are old enough to control their destiny themselves.

  5. Nicholas11:50am Thursday 03rd July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Oh my god, those sub-human monsters! How could they even contemplate such a despicable action? They deserve to be hung, drawn and quartered for this outrage! /sarcasm-mode … honestly, this has gotten people far more worked up than I can understand. As a type 1 diabetic of 19 years myself, I did not find this offensive at all. It’s a clever name for a dessert rich in simple carbohydrates and fats, not a premeditated attack on all diabetics everywhere. I understand not everyone has the same taste in humour, but just because you don’t find it funny doesn’t mean you have to rage and scream all over the internet.

  6. Mike11:21am Thursday 03rd July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Does this make them "desertist"?

  7. Amypendragon09:53am Thursday 03rd July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Oh..mind you..The Heart Attack Grill in the US has had a few patrons actually have heart attacks after eating their maybe this cafe is just forewarning you...

  8. Amypendragon09:49am Thursday 03rd July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Waah Waah Waah. Australians have been reduced to snivelling babies. Grow a thicker skin will you. When the terms 'heart attack on a plate' or 'cavity on a stick' are used, they are just is actually talking smack about those with bad hearts or holes in their teeth. Oh sorry, I almost be Australian these days you must use the words 'bullying' and 'racist' in each sentence too. *Phew* just squeaked those in.

  9. Daniel02:11am Thursday 03rd July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Seriously how could these people be THAT stupid. I've been a chef for a long time, and naming a dessert after a serious illness isn't unique or quirky its insulting and moronic. This café should REALLY be ashamed and I'm hoping for there sakes they were delusional when they wrote this menu idea, because I feel that NO-ONE in a normal state of mind could be THAT stupid.

  10. Attitude as it used to be.01:59am Thursday 03rd July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Another example of facebook providing a forum for people wanting their 15 minutes of fame..


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