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Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies - Horrible!

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#1 sschevychevelle

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 12:11 PM

Hey everyone, this is my first post since being diagnosed with Celiac in December (2013). The forum has been incredibly helpful, and I'm excited to become part of the community. Now, on to the post...

 

It's unfortunate that my first post is a negative one, but ever since finding out about the pilot program for gluten-free girlscout cookies a few weeks ago, I had been dying to see what they came up with - I'm a thin mint addict every year when they come out, and love most of their other cookies, so I figured they'd be able to put together a phenomenal gluten-free cookie.  WRONG.

 

My coworker, who's daughter is a Girl Scout, brought in one single Girl Scout gluten-free cookie for me to sample today. They only gave her one sample cookie in a sealed plastic bag, and knowing I had just been diagnosed with Celiac, she kindly saved it for me to sample.  It was REALLY bad.  Super sugary sweet, crumbled into a very fine powder in my mouth, and had a strange flavor that reminded me of something ..... had me racking my brain for a minute.....  then I came up with it - it tasted exactly like candy cigarettes, the white sugary ones.  These: 

 

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That is not how a cookie should taste. The only good part was the chocolate chips.  Anyways, I'm extremely disappointed.  Try them out if you must, but I just want to save some people the 3.75 or whatever they will charge for them.  I can all but guarantee they won't sell them nation-wide next year because whoever tries them during this pilot season is going to absolutely hate them. 


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#2 bartfull

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 12:24 PM

I never bought girlscout cookies even before I went gluten-free. Too expensive, and hardly any of the money raised actually goes to the girl scouts.


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:15 PM

If you want thin-mints...try an almond or coconut based one. I *think* Elana's pantry has a recipe. I've been too chicken to try (I have mint flavoring issues) but I may since I've had luck recently with an organic mint extract.

I'll probably get violent d, but what the hell.
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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:25 PM

I just looked up Pamela's cookies and I didn't see a thin mint, but their double chocolate mini cookies are really good. I haven't tried all the flavors because a lot of them have corn (which I am intolerant to), but if the rest of their stuff is as good as these chocolate mini's, I bet you'll be delighted. Maybe you could make some sort of mint "dip" to use with them.

 

Or you could google gluten-free thin mint recipes and make your own.


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Nightshades now seem to bother me too.

 

BUT I CAN STILL PLAY MY GUITAR AND THAT"S ALL THAT MATTERS!

 


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:28 PM

That is quite disappointing.  My area isn't a part of the test areas, but I was hoping for it next year.  I always like to support Girl Scouts, when I was a kid I would sell a lot of boxes so I could get free summer camp.   Ah well, my hiney size doesn't need cookies anyways!


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 03:39 PM

I never bought girlscout cookies even before I went gluten-free. Too expensive, and hardly any of the money raised actually goes to the girl scouts.


No, the troop gets about 70 cents per box. The rest of the profit goes to the council who must pay for volunteer training (from how to safely camp to child abuse identification....the classes are endless), fingerprinting and background checks (that exceeds fifty bucks per adult), liability insurance for every single Girl Scout event including meetings, etc. Like you, I was skeptical. It is unfortunate that we live in a sue happy society where even the scouts are not immune.

Our cookie troop profits cover the costs of our events like camping, but also we cover vests and dues to those who can not afford to be in scouts. Girl Scouts is primarily run by volunteers like me and most of our female Senators, Congresswomen, astronauts, etc. we're once scouts.

I will get off my soap box now. But I really believe in the Girl Scout organization. It is not perfect, but no group is!
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Posted 16 January 2014 - 03:56 PM

I apologize. I knew the troop only kept a small percentage but I assumed it was like a lot of the school fundraisers where a COMPANY kept most of the profits. Now I know better. Thank you.

 

I was a 4-H girl when I was young. And whether it be 4-H, Scouting, Boys and Girl's Clubs, or other kid's organizations, there is no doubt in my mind these things are great for kids.


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Nightshades now seem to bother me too.

 

BUT I CAN STILL PLAY MY GUITAR AND THAT"S ALL THAT MATTERS!

 


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 03:58 PM

I have not tried the gluten-free Girl Scout cookies yet. I expect they'll be no better than other store-bought gluten-free versions, but remember, it takes time to forget what gluten/wheat tastes like. I expect Chevy Chevrolet ( my brother has a 1968 model), you have not been gluten free long enough!

In any case, our troop is selling them. I hope they sell well. I am excited that some little celiac Girl Scout will get to eat some cookies. How nice to feel normal!

By the way, You don't have to eat the cookies. Girl Scouts has a "Care to Share" program. These cookies are donated to our troops or our local food shelter.
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Posted 16 January 2014 - 07:53 PM

I have not tried the gluten-free Girl Scout cookies yet. I expect they'll be no better than other store-bought gluten-free versions, but remember, it takes time to forget what gluten/wheat tastes like. I expect Chevy Chevrolet ( my brother has a 1968 model), you have not been gluten free long enough!

In any case, our troop is selling them. I hope they sell well. I am excited that some little celiac Girl Scout will get to eat some cookies. How nice to feel normal!

By the way, You don't have to eat the cookies. Girl Scouts has a "Care to Share" program. These cookies are donated to our troops or our local food shelter.

 

I have only been gluten free for a month, however I've already had 4-5 different brands/kinds of gluten free cookies - not that that's something to brag about! - and they've all been very good actually.  I didn't mean to come on here and rag on the Girl Scout organization in any way, I was just shocked at how bad the cookie tasted.  I assumed if it was made by the Girl Scouts, it was going to be really good.  I'm also disappointed because it would've been great to see this become a regular part of their line-up, but now I'm doubting that enough people will buy these again after eating them and so they will most likely not continue to make them.

 

But I'm one person, so obviously try them for yourself before taking my word for it.  


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:45 PM

Too bad they didn't make gluten-free thin mints. No one out there has a version...everybody has chocolate chip.
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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:15 PM

I just returned from a cookie meeting and I guess I will have to wait until the end of the month to try the gluten-free cookies when they make the initial deliveries for our service unit. I am really hoping that they are decent. If not, maybe they will source a better supplier for next year. I did hear that they are better than those cinnamon "diet cookies" that they had in the past and have since discontinued.

I agree that there are too many chocolate chip cookies in the market. A nice brownie type cookie maybe. Of course I use to adore Thin Mints......

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#12 Juliebove

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 01:03 AM

They tried sugar free ones one year.  Anyway...   A girl kept pushing me to buy some.  I finally told her that we had food allergies.  Not quite true as they are really intolerances.  So she brightly said that they had sugar free ones!  Then I told her that we weren't allergic to sugar.

 

Apparently in PA they sold nuts and trail mix one year as I found some outdated packets in my MIL's cupboard.  We never had those here though.

 

I think they might do better if they switched to something smaller and less expensive.  Not sure what though.  The boy scouts have popcorn but that's even worse in terms of price.


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 07:16 AM

Girl Scout cookies are made in several different bakeries across the country and while they all produce the same core cookies (thin mint, trefoils, samoas, etc) there are other flavors that are unique to certain bakeries so one GS may sell a lemon cookie, for example, but that cookie isn't offered in a different state. So there's a possibility some gluten-free cookies are better than others.

I haven't heard anything about their baking process for gluten-free cookies though. I hope they are taking all the proper precautions necessary to avoid cross contamination. Knowing the Girl Scouts I bet they are but obviously I'd like to see that in writing before eating the cookies.
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Posted 19 January 2014 - 03:59 PM

:( I was looking forward to trying them, glad you let us know I would have been disappointed with a box full of nasty cookies...


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 07:17 PM

I can not figure out for the life of me why on earth they thought it was a good idea to make a gluten free Girl Scout cookie and not make it a thin mint. Frankly, the decision to go with something else entirely was (imo) the height of idiocy.


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