As a Celiac with the opportunity to try the highly anticipated gluten free Girl Scout cookie that launched this year, I feel it is my duty to the gluten free community and to the Girl Scouts foundation to provide feedback. I first blogged about the possibility of the Girl Scouts launching a gluten free cookie in June 2012 HERE and am excited that progress has been made!
First and foremost I would like to thank the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for acknowledging those with a gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance and/or Celiac Disease. Speaking on behalf of the gluten free community, we are excited for the opportunity to order a box of Girl Scout cookies, just like everyone else.
The Cookie: Gluten Free Goodness
Since it’s estimated that three million people have problems when they eat foods that contain gluten*, ABC and our council partners expect this cookie to be a huge success. Our new bite size Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie:
The cookie is made of rice and tapioca flours, as well as "real chocolate chips and real butter" and cane sugars. "They contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no high fructose corn syrup, no palm oil, and no hydrogenated oils," the website says. Four bite-sized cookies have 130 calories.
I would be doing a disservice to both parties if I were not to provide my honest opinion, so here we go! Being a Celiac, I do not want to settle. The gluten free world has made huge strides over the years, so why stop now?
Overall, I applaud the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for including over 3 million Americans who are on a strict gluten free diet, although like any product, there are a few areas that need improvement.
* American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2001, 2006; University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, Celiac Disease Facts and Figures, CeliacDisease.net.