Gluten-free eaters no longer have to feel left out when Girl Scouts start selling those colorful boxes of can't-stop-eating-them cookies this year: Come February (or March, depending on where you live), you'll be able to buy gluten-free goodies from the blue-, brown-, and green-vested girls.
The new Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies contain a mix of tapioca and rice flours, and boast "real chocolate chips and real butter" (the only kind we like). But before your mouth starts watering too much, know that they'll only be available in 20 test markets.
Tapping into another food trend, a whole-grain cookie also joins the lineup this year. Cranberry Citrus Crisps are made with whole-grain wheat flour, dried cranberries, and "zesty citrus flavor," and provide 9 grams of whole grains per four cookies. [Tweet this news!]
What you won't find in either of these sweet treats are high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, palm oils, or artificial colors or flavors, which are used in most Girl Scout cookies. But are they really any healthier for you than the classics? Considering they have about the same amount of sugars as Thin Mints and no variety in the entire collection has more than 1 gram of fiber per serving, remember: A cookie is just a cookie. However, keep calories in mind considering how hard it is to not consume an entire box in one sitting. Here's how every cookie stacks up based on calorie count per cookie.
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Savannah Smiles: 28 calories
Shortbread: 30 calories
Chocolate Chip Shortbread: 33 calories
Cranberry Citrus Crisps: 38 calories
Dulce de Leche: 40 calories
Thin Mints: 40 calories
Peanut Butter Sandwich: 53 calories
Thank U Berry Munch: 60 calories
Caramel deLites: 65 calories
Peanut Butter Patties: 65 calories
Lemonades: 75 calories
Thanks-A-Lot: 75 calories
Note: Two bakeries produce Girl Scout cookies. Names and calorie counts listed are based on the nutrition facts provided by ABC Bakers, and may differ in your region.