I never imagined Girl Scout Cookies would be safe for food allergies, but last year decided to do some research and was pleasantly surprised to learn there are many cookie options for people with allergies to common foods like milk, egg, peanuts and tree nuts!
Where do the cookies come from?
There are two different bakeries where all of the Girl Scout Cookies are produced, the ABC Bakers and the Little Brownie Bakers. Where your cookies come from depends on where you live in the United States. In Minnesota, our cookies come from the ABC Bakers but yours may be different!
How are they safe for food allergies?
Both companies have very clear allergy protocols and labeling standards which exceed the labeling laws in the United States. They both acknowledge on their web sites the seriousness of food allergies and promise to disclose if there is any chance of cross-contamination. They clearly list ingredients, call out specific allergens in a separate line AND include a warning if the cookies have been made on shared equipment. More on this below.
Which specific cookies are safe for me?
It all depends on which allergies you are avoiding. We’re trying to avoid all peanuts and tree nuts, eggs and milk for my daughter. The three cookies that are safe for her are Thin Mints, Lemonades and Thanks-a-Lot. It’s important for you to review each box to see which ones are safe for your family. They clearly list which allergens are included and a may contain warning for cross-contamination due to shared lines. However, please note the cross contamination warnings are NOT listed on their web site! So if you choose to research the cookies online first, please note that the warnings are only on the boxes (from what I’ve personally seen).
For example, at first glance, the Caramel DeLites looked like they might be safe based on ingredients listed on the web site. However, when looking at an actual box I noticed a warning that these cookies are manufactured on equipment that processes products containing peanuts.
How do the two bakeries describe their allergen practices and labels?
Here is what they share on their web sites about their allergen practices as of February 2015.
Little Brownie Bakers:
Are you sure this is really safe?
Every family has their own comfort levels when it comes to allergy practices. The processes of the two bakeries listed here work for me and my family because I appreciate their openness and how they describe their processes. However, if you are of the belief that you can have no food made in the same facility as your allergens, then you may want to pass on the Girl Scout Cookies.
Where can I find this information online?
Here are links to the FAQs on the bakery web sites where they list the allergen information:
You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.
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