Monday, January 27, 2014

Girl Scouts to offer Gluten Free Cookie this year!





How would you love to see this on your order form the next time you get approached by your co-worker to buy girl-scout cookies from their adorable daughter?  I for one would love to not only buy my obligatory “good co-worker” cookie boxes that I do each year (and give to my non-celiac husband)- but buy a box for me- the new Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread!

The new GF bite sized Chocolate Chip Shortbread is certified GF, contains no artificial flavors or colors, has no high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils and will be sold in a 5 ounce re-sealable foil pouch.

Now- before you readers on Long Island get too excited, the Girl Scouts of America are only test marketing this new GF Girl Scout cookie in certain areas where ABC Bakers is the official baker of Girl Scout cookies which means for us, not here on Long Island.  It seems that the closest pilot test area is in Western NY- which is the following areas:  Depew, Batavia, Jamestown, Lockport, and Rochester.  The cookies will not be on the order form during this test year- it will be sold only at booths- which is unfortunate, because I do not feel that this will give a good indicator of the actual demand for this product.  I know for me, I walk straight past any Girl Scout booths I see at the supermarkets or malls, knowing I cannot eat any of the cookies.  The only time I actually buy, or look at the order form, is again, when my co-workers adorable daughter is selling them.  I’m hoping that the word gets out and that people in these test market areas do stop at the booths or that the Girl Scouts (and their parents) make a sign for their booths that a Gluten Free cookie is now available so that other Celiacs and those with Gluten-Sensitivities will stop and look!

If you have friends in test areas encourage them to buy a box or two to help sales (they can even send them to you!).  The following are the 2013-2014 test markets….

These participating councils include:

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast
Girl Scouts of Central California South
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Girl Scouts of Citrus
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Girl Scouts of Heart of Central California
Girl Scouts of Maine
Girl Scouts of Minnesota Wisconsin Lakes & Pines
Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines
Girl Scouts of Orange County
Girl Scouts of Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont
Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto
Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline
Girl Scouts of Western NY
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast


As suggested on the Girl Scouts Website:  “If you know a Girl Scout in one of these councils, be sure to reach out. Or download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for iPhone or Android, and find a cookie sale near you.”

For more information on the new Gluten Free Girl Scout cookie please visit their webpage at http://www.abcsmartcookies.com/gf-cookie-councils

-Sue