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Girl Scouts introduce gluten-free cookie!

Gluten-free girl scout cookies?
Gluten-free girl scout cookies?Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

If you’ve been to the grocery store lately you’ve likely passed by a small but loud group of girl scouts selling those little yearly confections you feel you have to buy, after all it is for charity, and so you might as well! The hard part is deciding between Thin Mints or Samoa’s right? Oh just get both already. However, for those suffering from Celiac disease that choice was no longer available and one had no choice but to cordially say “no thank you”.

Well, good news for those of you who miss this yearly indulgence because of intestinal intolerance. Girl Scouts have introduced a new gluten-free treat in the form of a chocolate chip shortbread cookie made with a mixture of tapioca and rice flours in lieu of wheat. They are only available in certain test markets as of yet, but could bode well for the future if they are received well.

Apparently there was a call to action from hundreds upon hundreds of girls and consumers who wanted a gluten-free option for their customers. And their popularity might just grow beyond those who have no choice. According to the NPD group, 30 percent of adults say they want to cut out or cut down on gluten consumption.

Remember though that gluten-free doesn’t mean low calorie, even though there is no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, four tiny cookies still have 130 calories and seven grams of fat. That’s only about 30 calories less than the same serving of Thin Mints.

Hopefully if they are tasty enough, Girl Scouts will be able to offer them in more markets in the years to come. National Girl Scouts cookie week started on Feb. 7, and a list of test locations can be found here.