3 new Girl Scout cookies join the ranks

On Monday, Jan. 5 2015, the Girl Scouts of America announced that they will add three new cookie options to their repertoire this cookie season.

The cookies
Along with the classic Thin Mints, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Shortbread/Trefoils, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Thanks-A-Lots, Savannah Smiles and Samoa/Caramel deLites, select Girl Scout troops will also have two new gluten-free options, Toffee-tastic and Trios. There’s also another brand new flavor called Rah-Rah Raisin.

The Rah-Rah Raisin cookies are oatmeal cookies with raisin and Greek yogurt chunks.

The Trios are gluten-free oatmeal peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips.

Toffee-tastics are gluten-free butter cookies with golden toffee bits.

Why gluten free?
According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness around 1 percent of the Americans have Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack itself whenever gluten is consumed. Many people in the U.S. are on a gluten-free diet because of Celiacs or as a life choice and they are not able to eat much of what is on the cookie market because it is made of wheat and other products that contain gluten.

Get your hands on some
The newest flavors are only available in certain test markets, according to the Girl Scouts. You can purchase cookies in person from your local Girl Scout troop or online on the Girl Scout USA website. Visit the “Find Cookies” box at the bottom of the home page to see what varieties are available in your area and where to find a local troop to purchase them from. You can also order online from the comfort of your own home. The Scouts operate in 245 communities nationwide to sell the sought-after cookies from February to March.

Location and cost
Colorado residents can enjoy Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Rah-Rah Raisins and Toffee-tastic cookies. People living in Texas have access to different options, depending on which Girl Scout area they live near or are willing to travel to. The cookies run for $4 a box, $0.18 of which goes to fund development, $0.95 goes to the troop and service unit, $0.99 covers the cost of the cookies, $1.65 to programming and the last $0.23 helps with management and administration.

If the flavor you’re looking for isn’t available in your area, you can always use your healthy baking training to make your own version of the tasty treats.

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