The Girl Scouts Are Going Gluten-Free
Gluten-free Girl Scout cookies are on the way for the first time Girl Scout history.
The Scouts are offering three new varieties this year—not like we’d ever get sick of Thin Mints—and two will be gluten-free. You’ll be able to try the new options starting February 27 through March 1, which is when the new varieties will go on sale for National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. This 2015 Cookie Weekend marks the 98th year of Girl Scouts selling cookies.
The two new gluten-free offerings include: “Toffee-tastic,” which is described as “buttery cookies with toffee bits,” and “Trios,” which are made with peanut butter, chocolate chips, and whole grain oats. The third new cookie, which is not gluten-free, is called “Rah-Rah Raisins,” and is an oatmeal-raisin cookie made with whole grain oats, raisins, and Greek yogurt chunks.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest, most successful girl-led business in the world, and its power to teach girls business and financial skills that will serve them throughout their lives is unrivaled,” said Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, in a statement. “Every year, nearly 1.5 million Girl Scouts sell about 200 million boxes of cookies—close to $800 million worth; and every year, our young cookie entrepreneurs reinvest that money into troop activities and projects that make their communities and our world a better place. There is no other program that allows girls to gain such valuable experience and understanding of how they can transform their world, all while having fun and engaging in the excitement of the cookie season.”
According to Girl Scout reps, 100 percent of the net revenue raised through Girl Scout Cookie sales stays with local councils, and the girls themselves get to decide how the money is spent. Visit girlscoutcookies.org to find cookies near you.