With Hallowe'en just round the corner and children poised to head off trick-or-treating, a Bath writer and photographer, came up with a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that chocolate-covered brussels sprouts would make the ideal treat for costumed youngsters.
Many children hate the traditional Christmas veg so disguising them as chocolate might seem like a good wheeze. Mark Sparrow Tweeted about it:
His Tweet has taken the Twitter world by storm. It has already been Retweeted more than 9,000 times and related Tweets have also got a huge response.
Some people went with the joke - forget toffee apples, how about toffee onions? And a Bath chocolatier has even made chocolate brussels sprouts.
Mark meant this as a joke but has borne the full brunt of Twitterdom with people reacting and/or taking exception on all levels - some people claiming the post as racist.
Follow the exchanges on Mark Sparrow's Twitterfeed
Mark Sparrow has been taken aback by the response
When ITV News contacted him, he couldn't resist another joke though:
The chocolate Brussels sprouts was a joke. No one will actually be fed sprouts on Halloween. Scurvy still has a chance to get a toe hold.