Gluten Free Cookie Pilot FAQ
Do you offer a Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie?
For the 2013-14 cookie season, ABC will be piloting the first ever gluten free Girl Scout Cookie. The delicious new cookie is a bite-size Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie. By introducing this new cookie, we’re inviting consumers who avoid gluten to enjoy Girl Scout Cookies.
ABC will assess the results of the pilot after the first year and determine next steps. There are 20 councils across the country that chose to be a part of the pilot. See which councils are participating.
The new cookie has no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no high-fructose corn syrup, no palm oil, and no hydrogenated oils. And it’s made with real chocolate chips and real butter.
What does the Celiac Sprue Association® (CSA) logo on the gluten free cookie package mean?
The Celiac Sprue Association® is the major non-profit celiac support group in the United States with chapters and members across the country. The CSA Recognition Seal on our package means that we have agreed to adhere to CSA’s standards in representing this product to be free of wheat, barley, rye, oats, their crosses and derivatives in product, processing and packaging, and to have our product tested to ensure it is truly gluten-free.
What does the GFCO certification on the gluten free cookie package mean?
The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) is a program of The Gluten Intolerance Group. The logo stands for independent verification of quality, integrity, and purity of products. Products carrying the GF logo represent unmatched reliability. According to the GFCO website, GFCO certification provides a certification seal that is easily identified and provides consumers assurance that the product meets strict standards for gluten free. GFCO’s standard is 10ppm or less gluten in finished products.
Why do the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies have a different “Use or Freeze Before” date than the rest of the Girl Scout Cookies?
Due to the fact that this is a unique new pilot cookie, ABC conducted shelf-life studies to determine optimal product shelf life. The shelf life on the new cookie is slightly shorter than the rest of the product line.
Where can I buy the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies?
There are 20 ABC councils participating in the gluten free Girl Scout cookie pilot for the 2013-14 season. Please visit abcsmartcookies.com for a complete listing and links to each of the councils.