Your Help Needed: Mom Campaigns for Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookie

Today, I’m hoping we can all rally around a cause near and dear to my heart. I’m guessing it’s a fond memory for many of you, as well.

Of what cause am I speaking? Only one of the most formative experiences of a young girl’s life: the selling of Girl Scout cookies.

Say what you will about the merits of Girl Scouts; those cookies are an American icon that most of us encounter on a yearly basis. And if you’ve lived any portion of your life as a gluten-eater, you’ve probably got a favorite (mine were Samoas, which sometimes masquerade under the name Caramel deLites).

Despite the approximately 132,000 Girl Scouts with food allergies (out of a total 3.3 million Scouts nationwide), there’s never been a gluten-free Girl Scout cookie. One dedicated mom is trying to change that. As a community, I think we can help.

Stacy Malinow’s daughter Elle is dutifully selling cookies on behalf of her local troop on Long Island. As a celiac child, though, she can’t enjoy a single one. The local Examiner has a good overview of the situation, so I’ll just link to that article and pull out the detail I find most heart-rending:

Malinow said, “When my daughter is asked what’s your favorite cookie, she has a tough time with that, because she can’t answer that. She generally says Thin Mints, because she knows she likes mint, but she’s never had the cookies.”

As with everything, money talks. The two companies that manufacture Girl Scout cookies have indicated that were demand high enough, they would consider creating a gluten-free cookie.

What can you do to help? Go to and sign the petition. Then, share the link.

6 thoughts on “Your Help Needed: Mom Campaigns for Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookie”

  1. I used to buy TONS of Girl Scout cookies- up to 24 boxes some years! (Another guy in my office and I sometimes had a friendly competition to see who would buy the most- and the daughters of others in our office benefitted!). Since being diagnosed with Celiac four years ago, I haven’t bought any. Several times I’ve told adult leaders sitting with Girl Scouts selling cookies outside my regular grocery store why I can’t buy them, and they say they are hearing that more and more. I’d love to have a Girl Scout cookie that I could eat, and could buy to support the Girl Scouts.

  2. I signed the petition and hope this will come to fruition. Kids and parents both deserve to enjoy eating something that is a true American icon. I always give the girls money, but can never order the cookies. I can imagine how difficult it is for the kids who suffer from gluten intolerance.

  3. I was a girl scout til I graduated high school, I was diagnosed in 7th grade. I still sold cookies with my troop at booth sales (which eventually became the only thing we did) and my mom signed a waiver so I wasn’t required to come up with personal sales. A gluten free line would be wonderful, not that the girls get much for the cookies but I do miss eating them, especially since I grew up on them! I still buy my mom a box of thin mints every year. I really hope they can come up with something I’m definately signing!

  4. My daughter is a girl scout too & also suffers from Celiacs. Watching the video of your daughter was like looking in the mirror @ our own story! Thank you for taking the time to make a difference!

  5. I think that this is one of the products that I miss the most after having gone allergen-free. Now I pass by the tables in front of the stores and hand them a couple of bills for a donation. But the girls are a little disappointed that I don’t take a box of cookies with me.
    I’d like to see this happen. I know that if there are girl scouts that are gluten-free, this has to be pretty difficult for them to sell cookies that they can’t even touch. That alone has to be reason enough to do so.

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