Girl Scout Cookies
I sold them as a girl. I also ate them. I may have eaten more than I sold! I just read in a blog post that young scouts are starting to take orders on January 7, however the actual cookies don’t arrive until February. To mark the Girl Scouts’ 100-year anniversary the organization is introducing a new treat, Savannah Smiles. “Every cookie has a mission. To help girls do great things.”
Here are some of the ingredients in Girl Scout cookies:
Ingredients: Enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), sugar, whole grain oats, soybean and palm oil, peanut butter (roasted peanuts, hydrogenated rapeseed, cottonseed and/or soybean oil), dextrose, invert sugar, contains two percent or less of whey, salt, leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), cornstarch, natural flavor, soy lecithin.
Ingredients: Sugar, vegetable oil (soybean and palm oil, partially hydrogenated palm kernel and/or cottonseed oil), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk (condensed milk, sugar), contains two percent or less of sorbitol, glycerin, cocoa, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, cornstarch, salt, caramelized sugar, soy lecithin, dextrose, natural and artificial flavor, carrageenan, leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate).
In the comments made about the blog post that I refer to above, one wrote, “Too much bitching about hydrogenated oils in these cookies. Sheesh, have some balance in your life. A little fat won’t kill you. Open a box at work (have a few), share them and enjoy the pleasure you get making your co-workers smile.” Another person admitted, “Thin Mints are my crack.” So for some, the notion of “a little” is not realistic.
With the exception of coconut listed as one of the cookie ingredients, I could write a very long blog about what is wrong with the list. I’ll focus on the statement made: “A little fat won’t kill you”. I would wholeheartedly agree and even assert that a lot of traditional fat will enliven you, except in this case …
Not all fats are created equal
Partially hydrogenated margarines and shortenings are even worse for you than the highly refined vegetable oils from which they are made because of chemical changes that occur during the hydrogenation process. Under high temperatures, the nickel catalyst causes the hydrogen atoms to change position on the fatty acid chain. Before hydrogenation, pairs of hydrogen atoms occur together on the chain, causing the chain to bend slightly and creating a concentration of electrons at the site of the double bond. This is called the cis formation, the configuration most commonly found in nature. With hydrogenation, one hydrogen atom of the pair is moved to the other side so that the molecule straightens. This is called the trans formation, rarely found in nature. Most of these man-made trans fats are toxins to the body, but unfortunately your digestive system does not recognize them as such. Instead of being eliminated, trans fats are incorporated into cell membranes as if they were cis fats—your cells actually become partially hydrogenated! Once in place, trans fatty acids with their misplaced hydrogen atoms wreak havoc in cell metabolism because chemical reactions can only take place when electrons in the cell membranes are in certain arrangements or patterns, which the hydrogenation process has disturbed.
Referred from the article The Skinny on fats.
I would love to see Girl Scouts of America offer nutritious cookies such as these:
Gluten-Free Almond Cookies Made with Arrowroot Flour
Hazelnut Almond Shortbread Cookies
Nourishing Traditions “Macaroons”
Sprouted Flour Shortbread Cookies with Grass-fed Butter
Sprouted Flour Christmas Cookies
I found this early Girl Scout cookie recipe from the 1930’s. While we don’t recommend sugar, or grains that haven’t been sprouted or fermented, at least this list is comprised of recognizable ingredients. Some of these them include links to recommended brands via our Amazon affiliation.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar plus additional amount for topping (optional)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla, such as Rodelle Organics, Frontier and WellBee Foods
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt, such as The Spice Lab, Celtic Sea Salt and Real Salt.
2 teaspoons baking powder, such as the aluminium free Rumford and Bob’s Red Mill
Cream butter and the cup of sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Makes six- to seven-dozen cookies.
Update – after this post, one of our community members offered us this: Nutrient Dense Girl Scout Cookies?! “Thin Mints”
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good post and good point about ‘for some, a little is too much’. Thin mints used to be my crack too, and I can’t just have a few. I sold them too and now I say that I’ve eaten my lifetime share already. :) I wish this whole cookie sale thing would just go away! I doubt they will go back to good ingredients unless the public speaks out. (btw thanks for the link!)…
It is you I thank Kim — for your valuable resource: http://theNourishingCook.com/ – I appreciate you taking a moment to comment with positive feedback about my post!
Sadly, I don’t see that chance coming anytime soon. I consumed boxes of these cookies as a child. I snuck them out of the family freezer and hid them under my bed. I was a proud and happy Girl Scout. I loved all that we did. Now, when it is cookie time, I donate money and say no thanks to the cookies.
Charity, I like that solution! I am going to suggest it!
that isn’t a bad thing anyway because the troop itself only ends up with about 40 cents per box of cookies. The rest stays up the chain…
Right on! I like the notion of the troop itself keeping the funds!
I used to donate the cost of a box or two to all the girl scouts who asked me to buy cookies. However, I have stopped doing that because they don’t actually keep all the money. They buy a box of cookies to send to our soldiers. I believe it was the policy of the GS troops in our area to do that with “donations”.
It’s a killer for me, because I’m an assistant troop leader, and this year I’ve started following the Weston Price diet guidelines. I haven’t had a Thin Mint in 3 or 4 years mainly because I can’t eat just one…. it usually results in me eating a sleeve. So I promote them and help my girls sell them, and yet last night I made myself a batch of the Arrowroot cookies… except with the Jelly. :) As my troop gets older, I’d like to slowly teach them more of these things…. I’d absolutely LOVE to make the trefoils with them that you posted as an introduction to this topic!!! It also makes me wonder… if these things are a crazy $4.00 a box…. what would they charge with REAL ingredients?!! Though I have to say, it seems to get easier all the time to get people to donate their boxes to the military troops, because they want to support the girl scouts, but they don’t want these things in their own bodies, either
my mom had a friend that had to take the thin mints and open the boxes and wrap packages of 5 cookies in tinfoil and “hide” them all over her freezer. That way when digging for frozen meals, she’d find a pack like a surprise, and couldn’t eat the whole thing…
And trefoils with peanutbutter are just DEVINE!
The truth is as you said it – what would a box cost with REAL ingredients? They wouldn’t be able to sell them, I am sure. And that is sad since at $4.00/box the troop still only gets back about 40 cents for all their effort. Its a shame there isn’t a way to raise funds so that the girls keep more of their effort. It is a good experience, and I think the switch to selling at store fronts is a good one (I still went door to door, and that wasn’t all that much fun!).
Kudos to you for your efforts to teach the girls about what REAL food is, and offer them a view of life that they might not otherwise get.
Hi Angela, My Mom told me stories of when she was a girl (in the 1930’s). Back then, the girls baked the cookies themselves and sold them. It seems to me an opportunity for your troop to learn about nutrition, offer a much better product and keep all the profits. And the extra bonus… It is an excellent opportunity for your customers to learn more about the health risks of trans fat and vegetable oils.
This is awesome, Sandrine.
As a veteran blogger whom I greatly admire, your positive feedback means a lot to me, Jenny! I am a newbie to the world of blogging but, I think all of my Facebook posts have proven to be my training wheels.
I just heard an interview on our local public radio station with a Doctor from Oregon Health and Science University talking about foods that lead to diminished brain funchtion and nutrients that improve brain function (mainly talking about the elderly) The number one thing they found is that hydrogenated oils and terrible (big shock) and one of the worst things you can consume if you want to have a healthy brain into old age. I will stick with my Gluten Free brownies in the kitchen made with coconut oil and old fashioned butter.
What a great post, and a great collection of cookies. I need to try a few of them, and a few are on my “tried and true” list of cookies that I make regularly!
I hope they go back to whole food ingredients too, but I agree that the public outcry will have to happen first.
Thank you, Kendahl! Imagine a collection of Girl Scout cookies comprised of this list instead! I actually think sales would increase.
I just signed up to be cookie manager for my daughter’s troop. I don’t eat the cookies, but let my kids have a few. I’m a health nut/gym rat and steer clear of these things. Every year I say, we aren’t selling these because I don’t want to support unhealthy eating habits, but people buy them and look forward to them so we wind up selling them. I just don’t know what to do. My other qualm is that we barely get any profit from them…..63 cents per box. Sheesh.
I dream of a day that our culture can embrace real food again!
Amen! Slowly, slowly – there is a movement!
Excellent post, Sandrine! Thank you for highlighting/exposing the harmful ingredients in these cookies. I have to believe that if the head of the Girl Scouts really knew what was in their cookies, she would have the recipes returned to the wholesome goodness the Girl Scouts are supposed to represent and instill in our young girls.
Couldn’t be a more perfect example of how processed food fractions and ersatz ingredients have infiltrated our food supply!
I will donate also if approached for a cookie sale!
I posted my concerns directly here https://www.facebook.com/GirlScoutsUSA and received this response:
Girl Scouts of the USA wrote: “Butter has a poor shelf life in boxed cookies, and when you bake billions of cookies (literally), that baking process can’t be done all at once, so the shelf life is important. In addition, there’s really no such thing as a “healthy cookie,” right? And we don’t think many people would buy them if they did exist. Girl Scout Cookies are a treat, and as with any treat, they should be eaten in moderation.
The sale of Girl Scout Cookies raises more than $700 million per year for Girl Scout councils, who use those funds to support girls as they develop the leadership skills they need to make your community — and the entire world — better. If you don’t choose to buy cookies, we encourage you to donate the money you would have spent directly to your Girl Scout council.”
In response, I posed all of the nutritious cookie recipes linked to in this blog post and they were deleted.
Actually, there is such a thing as a healthy cookie. You just can’t buy them in a store.
I hate to say it, but the Girl Scout industry is a business. Their bottom line is profit from these sales, not whether they are selling a wholesome product. One would like to think it matters to them, but when it comes down to it the corporation makes the business decisions. They leave the shaping of girls’ attitudes and character development to the troop leaders.
I am a former GS and troop leader.
Kenny Friedman also commented on Girl Scouts of the USA’s link – and his post was deleted:
Kenny wrote: “I’ve been following this thread, and frankly, I can’t believe the “it is what it is, so deal with it” position GSOA is taking here.
My daughter was a GS and I still remember the oath she repeated at every meeting – On my honor … yada yada …. if GSOA were truly abiding by their own oath to be helpful and caring people and to truly make the world a better place, their position would NOT be what I’m reading here.
With rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease going up in percentages and affecting younger and younger children each year …. largely due to trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oils) and high fructose corn syrup, GSOA has an obligation to be mindful of the products that are sold that bear their emblem.
There’s an opportunity right in front of you to teach these little girls about reading ingredient labels and what to look for that is harmful to their health and WHY. It’s not that hard to do.
These children are the future…it’s vitally important that they know what’s in their food because THEY are the ones getting sick from it. We, as adults, are responsible for ourselves and what we put in our mouths to eat — they are at our mercy, and if we’re not teaching them what/what not to eat as well as providing them with healthy-yet-still-delicious alternatives, then we are failing. We are raising a generation of unhealthy children who don’t/won’t know what hit them.
GSOA, I’m calling you out to be leaders in food education. If your do-nothing attitude persists, then you are supporting the obesity/diabetes and heart disease epidemics, rather than steering children toward a brighter, healthier future. I’ll be checking back frequently…
If you want further guidance what can be done to sell a healthier product, I am happy to assist.”
Wonderful post I love the girl scouts cookies but haven’t ordered in two years from my start of traditional cooking. Thank you!!! I am going to try the recipe! maybe I can have a good girl scout cookie after all.
Let us know! Someone else tried it and said it was delicious – with sprouted flour and honey/maple syrup substituted.
Shelf life and expense will keep them from changing back to whole ingredients.
You are likely correct on this – but, perhaps more and more will refuse the cookies and just make a donation?!
Whatever, if I’m going to eat anything it might as well be made with the best, most natural ingredients possible, basic and natural like the creator made it. Why eat/ support man- made science experimental crap/ fake chemical laden food? Love yourself and go eat an apple instead. :)
Sorry if that comment was bit angry, (please feel free to delete both comments, obviously) there is just so much injustice and craziness in this world do to everyone chasing the green paper and destroying ourselves while doing so its overwhelming how scared people are of change.
I will not delete! I honor your voice!
Also, palm oil is used in a lot of GS cookies. Production of palm oil devastates rain forests in tropical areas of Asia, Africa and South America, and threatens endangered species like orangutans, elephants and tigers. Many food manufacturers rely on this ingredient because of its low cost and ability to withstand high temperatures during cooking or frying.
You can find palm oil in many processed foods like Girl Scout Cookies, Cheeze-Its and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Its almost as pervasive as high fructose corn syrup, another no-no in our house. Remember, the easiest way to let a company know you don’t like an ingredient is to not buy the product in the first place!
I like the message of the Girl Scouts – girl power, girl teamwork, girl leadership, etc – but these cookies have gotten so unhealthy (and so expensive) that I can’t justify buying them anymore :(
High quality, fair trade, eco-harvested palm oil is actually good for you (much like a quality coconut oil). When it’s processed and heated and chemically treated, that is when it is harmful. So while the palm oil in most processed foods is a terrible choice, there are reputable and quality palm options, often available at your local health food store.
I was once a girl scout, but found the organization had become too politicized and entangled in the very things which were against the foundational principles of the organization. A box of Girl Scout cookies costs little to manufacture. It’s the marketing tools, the top execs, and the several degrees of profiteers that make a box so pricey. Troops get anywhere from $0.40/box to $0.63/box, Councils get a bit more on top of that…and since the cookies get sent directly to cookie mom homes without expense to the councils for overhead/storage during cookie season, and the salespeople are paid commission of $0.40/box, the true cost compared to a box of oreos is comparable, if not less. No distributors…just direct from manufacturing facility to councils. Think of what Nabisco would charge if they were in the same position as Little Brownie Bakers, ABC, or whomever is making them these days.
Troops: Investigate the possibilities of having your own bake sales. You’ll learn more about the cost ratio and also learn how to effectively reduce costs, maintain quality, and make something more delicious than what’s being manufactured now.
Kids have become a tool for manipulation and sales. The buck stops with you, and me, and all of us. Education is the key. Thanks for posting about this. Glad to see other people feel similarly about GSUSA as I do, who see the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
I’d love to find a mint cookie recipe! I LOVE the thin mints, and I cannot eat the “real” ones now. We switched to whole foods this year and all feel so much better, I don’t want to regress. But I am craving the mint cookies! (It’s not a pregnancy craving I’m proud of, but golly they sound good! In theory)
Shall we launch a challenge for folks to explore recipes?!
I found this – I envision that this can definitely be converted to a more nutritious version: http://bakingbites.com/2005/10/thin-minties/
These are the best ones I’ve found:
Thanks for these, Isobel. This reply was routed to “pending” awaiting my moderation … I guess because there were 2 links – I’ll check on my preferences. As we’ve already discussed on Facebook – for those who are just reading here – we would recommend folks forgo the agave nectar and replace it.
I will try that recipe this weekend and post back. I have sprouted whole wheat flour and arrowroot powder to sub for the cornstarch. I have 90% cacao chocolate too.
Lara, this has been publicized in our community: http://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/blogs/all-natural-thin-mint-cookies-even-better-than-the-girl-scout-version — of course, Sally Fallon Morell does not recommend chocolate … https://nourishingourchildren.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/avoid-chocolate/
I personally don’t bake or eat cookies these days but, do empathize with those who want to have a more nutritious version!
Thanks for the recipe! My daughter and I made them using sprouted flour. They turned out great! So delicious! Would like to tweak the recipe with sucanant or honey instead of sugar next time!
Haha! Sorry! In my enthusiasm I forgot to say which one! :) We made the Original Girl Scout cookies. They were so good! I am sitting here trying to resist eating another one!! We plan to try the others as well!
Yes – makes sense now — next time you’ll use a natural sweetener and this time you used sprouted flour! Got it! Good to know that they are delicious!
Could not agree more! I always felt conflicted about my daughter selling these as I really don’t believe in the ingredients in the current cookies. May be one of the reasons we let the girl scouts go. Too much emphasis on selling those darn cookies– oh I am so glad I am not dealing with that this January! But when the nice little neighborhood girls come by I grit my teeth and buy a box because I don’t want to offend the little girls who are just pawns in this game. I do with gs would go back to the cookies of 100 yrs ago and I would enjoy those as “treats” every now and then….
I will check out From Processed to Pure! I like the name!
Heidi Swanson of 101cookbooks.com has a mint cookie recipe that’s quite good: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001370.html and Baking Bites has a recipe for coconut cookies: http://bakingbites.com/2008/01/homemade-girl-scout-cookies-samoas/ Enjoy!
Thank you for this – I have passed this on to our Facebook readers as well!
Just discovered your blog and I love it! My husband and I have been WAP eaters for a few years and make our own Kombucha and yogurt and eat only grassfed meats. People think we are nuts, but the health benefits we and our kids have noticed are incredible! Thanks for your insight and information! I love it! :)
Welcome, Kim! How did you find us? Do you know about Nourishing Our Children? It may be of value to you: http://www.nourishingourchildren.org – even as an “old timer” …
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Lucky for me, I’ve always naturally leaned toward traditional foods and fats, and I have never liked GS cookies! I’m just not a sweets eater in general. I am sharing this post, thank you so much!! I wish this information would catch on with everyone!
We’ve had well over 1,000 views in about 2 hours! One woman reported she was resigning from the Girl Scouts!
I left a reply about the fact that they deleted your comment! It is under the “Girl Scout Blog: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Message to Girl Scouts” I think we should continue to voice our opinions. I know when I have children, I don’t want them involved in an organization that advocates selling these potential deathtraps to others!
Thanks, Cindy! Other folks joined the conversation and all of the posts were deleted …
Sandrine, great post! We don’t purchase Girl Scout Cookies, but as a former Scout I do make a donation. I am always up for a baking challenge, and I think it would be fun to try to create a “healthier” version of these cookies…I’ll keep you posted.
Laura, that would be an incredible contribution – please do keep us posted!
Sandrine, the first batch of Thin Mints were a hit! They however were not “crispy”. I’m working on batch number 2 now to see if I can get them to have more of a crunch. Let me know where I can send the recipe for your review.
Laura, the truth is that Sally Fallon Morell places chocolate firmly in the “avoid” category https://nourishingourchildren.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/avoid-chocolate/ and has asked me not to promote it in relationship to Nourishing Our Children so — another version of the cookies would be welcome but, not those with chocolate unless you are using carob.
We may be reached at email@example.com or http://www.nourishingourchildren.org/Contact.html
I used Carob :) I’ll forward the recipe for your review.
Hooray – I will check the Nourishing Our Children inbox! Ok – just checked! Do you have a photo?! I’d love to publish this widely as your recipe – excellent list of ingredients! While I haven’t tasted them, I sense that you are clearly talented. Will you send your phone number to me?! I may like to collaborate on a book with you!
Thank you for the lovely compliment Sandrine! I have sent the information requested, and will have a photo sent to you shortly.
“All-Natural Thin Mint Cookies (even better than the Girl Scout version)” = http://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/blogs/all-natural-thin-mint-cookies-even-better-than-the-girl-scout-version
Your blog is going strong already!!!! :)
As I said on FB, the little girls at my door selling these nasty cookies bug me as much as the kids selling CAFO meats… I won’t buy either. If it’s a family we’re close to we give a little donation to their organization instead, they get more profit that way anyway.
Thanks so much, Kelly! It is wonderful to see you stop by! Almost 2,000 views on this post alone in less than 24 hours! I love the participation — and we’ve had robust discussions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150458846005172
https://www.facebook.com/nourishingourchildren/posts/324647750903430 We are collectively shaking things up! I love it!
So glad to see this post. It’s about time someone says something about this. I always feel sheepish about it since so many people have such a strong emotional attachment to the girl scouts (and of course, the cookies). But they need to know the truth and I can’t wait to re-post this tomorrow. Thanks Sandrine.
Thank you, Craig! I have had it on my mind for some time that I wanted to address the Girls Scout slogan, “”Every cookie has a mission. To help girls do great things.” — I love the message of empowerment however, I don’t think these cookies empower those who eat them, especially in large quantities!
Another person who wants to support Girl Scouts (I was one for years) but refused to buy the chemical laden food. I’d even be willing to buy a sugar/ white flour cookie (stuff not in our normal diet) but not all the stuff they include. A few years back I ate a thin mint and I have to say the chocolate tasted like plastic. Yuck. I guess my taste buds have changed. I think our memories are better than reality.
Been concerned about this myself – my daughter had to sell these a couple years ago – there is still a box of these cookies on my son’s shelf – still the same as when he bought them – I am almost keeping them on as an experiment now. Yes – greatest idea – give a donation to the Girl Scouts group but skip the cookies – will even post this on my Lake Clear Lodge and Resort FB wall as well as my personal one – thanks for the reminder. WAPF Chapter Leader/ Adirondacks NY
Thanks for sharing your perspective, Cathy! “Eat food that rots, but eat it before it does!” …
Since I posted this, I have discovered allies in our community who have expressed similar concerns:
Re: Palm Oil
The Weston A. Price Foundation does recommend palm oil as a traditional fat and this is one I’ve seen used widely in our community: http://www.junglepi.com/products/red_palm.html I haven’t used it myself – my fat of choice is butter however, my understanding is that there are in fact, sustainable sources. http://www.rspo.org/?q=page/509 – the Jungle Red Palm Oil is certified RSPO.
Also, another voice: http://undergroundwellness.com/are-girl-scout-cookies-socially-irresponsible
Thanks for this post, Sandrine. How much more empowering for little girls to learn how to feed themselves in a way that builds health, than to just teach them salesmanship. It’s been many years since I’ve had any Girl Scout cookies, though I’ve had similar quality elsewhere from time to time, I’m sorry to say. True, a little won’t kill us, but why go there when you cane make delicious, healthful alternatives such as the recipes you provided?
Hi Jeanmarie — The cookies may not kill us upon eating them but, they won’t enliven us either … and when we say over and over … “this, that and the other won’t kill us” — it is cumulative!
Thank you, but we’ll pass. The artificial flavors in those cookies cause my son to act like a wild banshee. No thank you.
Yes – I think it is a miracle that I developed at all with the number I consumed as a young girl scout!
I have skipped buying girl scout cookies for years because one of my kids is sensitive to artificial flavors and colors, and I don’t really like the whole premise of it (guilt people into buying overpriced, bad-for-you stuff in order to get a tiny bit of money as kickbacks to kids?). It’s the same with the overpriced chocolates and such the kids sell door to door for fundraisers.
When I’ve offered to make donations instead, the kids have always acted disappointed. One told me that I *couldn’t* donate because the only fundraising was through the chocolates or some such. One problem is that the kids are often trying to sell enough cookies/candy/crap to earn prizes, so they don’t want the money for their club/band/troop and they just care about their numbers. It was a real disappointment for me, as I had generally offered a $20 donation and that would earn as much for the cause as selling dozens and dozens of cookies or candies, but I was met with anger and disappointment by the kids every time. :(
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Love that you’ve brought up Girl Scout cookies and called them out as unhealthy! In reference to the person who wanted “a little balance” in regards to fat, I find it’s precisely the people who have that attitude who end up eating far more unhealthy food that I think they even realize. Yes, balance is a good thing, but we must be intentional about what we eat (or don’t eat)!
beyond comprehension how such an important thing to sustaining our bodies can be ignored by a wonderful community like the girl scouts. their whole point is to teach leadership (they should be leading THIS fight) along with mind and body strength. Diabetes is on a real and HORRIBLE rise as is heart disease and other obesity issues in the youth. This type of product is THEE problem in our society as we now know it – as oppose to 1920’s ingredients.
oops, meant 1930’s
Finally got a chance to read this, and thank you for saying it Sandrine! I wonder how they were able to do those original cookie recipes then, just lack of volume?
Good reminder about just making a donation. I was never in GS but I did go to Girl Scouts camps for a few summers. They do a lot of good work and we should support them.
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One of my biggest problem with this product is that the girl’s make very little money from it. They do all the advertising and sales and some company gets rich off of little kids. I can’t remember how much the girls received for each box, but it wasn’t what I would call a fair deal for the girls.
When I was in Girl Scouts, my mom wouldn’t let me go door-to-door because she didn’t want my neighbors to buy junk just because they like me and supported me. Instead my parents paid for G.S. trips and I had to do extra chores around the house. I know not all people can afford this, but there seems like there should be a better way to fundraise than a company getting rich off of little kids.
My mom should have spent that money on grammar lessons. *problems *girls*liked Why don’t I proof read before posting? Maybe someday I’ll learn.
Folks, the Girl Scout cookies are garbage, we know it, they know it. As one post mentioned, they don’t even taste good. We parents are conflicted every year but we are REQUIRED to participate in the sales in order to do any other fundraising each year. Until someone comes up with a better way for Girl Scouts to earn as much money as cookies do for the local councils who get a little over half of the $4, we will have these things to deal with. FYI the posts where people inaccurately refer to the “Girl Scouts of America” or “GSOA” will be removed as the there is no such organization. It’s Girl Scouts USA.
The good news is that the girls DO make a difference in the organization: Girl Scouts Pledge to Promote the Need for Sustainable Palm Oil Practices http://www.girlscouts.org/news/news_releases/2011/sustainable.asp – All because of a five-year campaign by two teenage Girl Scouts from Michigan to make Girl Scout cookies rainforest-safe. “Madison and Rhiannon have done exactly what Girl Scouts teaches girls: find a cause you care about, connect with others, and take action to change the world,” says Hamaker. “They are shining examples of leadership in persuading a 99-year-old American icon to take on a serious global issue.”
Any parents/troop leaders out here ready to help your girls in such a campaign to make the world a better place? May your actovosm be nourished with this information.
My daughter wrote the National Girl Scout headquarters numerous times when she was a scout, asking them to make sugar free cookies for diabetics. We homeschool, and she did a unit study on sugars, filled her letters with facts about the number of people with diabetes, etc, and every time, got the same basic response: We tried healthy cookies once, and people didn’t buy them. We won’t do it again.
Very sad for me to read this! Perhaps they needed to have tried these: https://nourishingourchildren.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/nutrient-dense-girl-scout-cookies-thin-mints/
I myself am allergic to wheat, soy, cow dairy (goat is fine), cashews and a whole host of other things so I can not eat the cookies tho I would love some Thin Mints. I am trying very hard to stay away from all these allergins but dang everything has soy of some sort in it. I was horrified as was my husband when we started reading ingrediants. Both of us are now MOSTLY on a processed food free diet!
Tracy – did you see this post? https://nourishingourchildren.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/nutrient-dense-girl-scout-cookies-thin-mints/
The time is way overdue that SUGAR is TOXIC and addictive. It is also very destructive to the health of all. It needs to listed as A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE as are cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. It is well known that they all lead to serious and often deadly diseases.
Appears the SUGAR INDUSTRY has been able to buy the votes of those in power. Needless to say the drug and pharmaceutical industries have a vested interest. Illness / sickness supports their income !
Here, here Ann! I agree with you – sugar is not of value to us! None of the healthy population groups that Dr. Price discovered ate sugar, beyond what was found naturally occurring in whole foods such as fruit.
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There is a new “healthy” girl scout cookie called mango creme because they put vitamins in it. Gross. Not only that it has shiitake mushrooms in it. This cookie would kill my husband if he ate it. Healthy? I think not!
Thank you for that piece of information! I’ll have to check out the ingredient list on the Mango Creme!
I’m disgusted with Girl Scouts and how proud they are to use GMO’s in their cookies. They went on to say how GMO’s would help feed our growing population. Really? GM corn causes cancer in rats! I felt bad and I was thinking of making a monetary donation, but that’s not how it works. They send cookies to the troops in lieu of your money going in to the organization. In my opinion, the troops deserve better than chemical GMO cookies! This is not an organization I want to support. I was a Girl Scout many years ago. I won awards for selling the most cookies two years in a row. This cookie thing makes me a little sad :(
I share your sadness, Jennifer. Apparently, there is no way for the the troops to opt out of the cooking fundraising efforts.
I just saw this post! We have been having our own battle with the Girl Scouts… We told our local troop (before we even joined) that we wouldn’t be selling Cookies… but they encouraged us to join anyway.
I wrote this post –> http://onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers.com/2014/01/11/why-my-daughter-will-not-be-selling-girl-scouts-cookies/
which did NOT go over well!
They basically kicked us out of Girl Scouts.
I wish I had seen your Nutrient Dense Girl Scout Cookie post a couple of weeks ago when my Pixie (she’s not quite 6) was so sad she couldn’t sell the Cookies. I made her a bunch of good-ish for you cookies to make her feel better… but I somehow missed this post!
I am so glad to see you sharing this information!
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Here is another reason to skip these cookies. Bad for your body and for your soul! Did you know… GSUSA’s parent group, WAGGGS, while representing all GSUSA members, works with International Planned Parenthood Federation to promote abortion rights for youth? When you buy Girl Scout cookies, your money goes to promote abortion. http://speaknowgirlscouts.com
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