Tis’ the Season for Girl Scout Cookies

It seems everyone in my office is indulging in the seasonal guilty pleasure of Girl Scout cookies. I could knock back a box or two, particularly Samoas and Tagalongs, in my youth.

Of course, I wouldn’t do it now for health reasons, but also because my favorites aren’t always what I’d like them to be. Ideally I’d love them to be vegan, but some I don’t really consider vegetarian. For instance, Tagalongs (aka Peanut Butter Patties) are listed as having whey, which I haven’t necessarily considered vegetarian because I was told it may come into contact with animal rennet.

Judging from the ingredients, five varieties of Girl Scout cookies may be vegan.

  • Thanks-A-Lot
  • Thin Mints (ABC)
  • Lemonades
  • Shout Outs!
  • Peanut Butter Patties (this one’s confusing cause PB Patties are supposed to be the same as Tagalongs)

However, some may have concerns about bone char sugar and/or palm oil, among other ingredients.

If you prefer to have more control, try these:

An alternative on the go that I was excited to find when I wasn’t looking for it is the Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar. The verdict isn’t unanimous; some love em’ and some hate ’em…but isn’t that how everything is? Personally, I’m pro; they remind me of Samoas.

Happy scouting…for cookies.


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