2016-2017 Girl Scout Cookies®
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I'm not satisfied with my Girl Scout Cookies?
Contact Little Brownie Bakers if for any reason you aren't satisfied with a package of Girl Scout cookies you purchased. Our baker contact information is listed on each package.
How can I tell if the Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers I bought are fresh?
We bake all of our cookies fresh for each annual sale. Every Girl Scout cookie package is stamped with a seasonal "Use or freeze by" date. That date corresponds with each cookie season. This means that Girl Scout cookies with a date of September 1, 2017 were baked fresh for the 2016-2017 season.
How many cartons of cookies are in a case?
For all varieties of our cookies, there are 12 cartons per case. The size and weight of the case varies by cookie.Where and when can I purchase Girl Scout Cookies?The only way to purchase Girl Scout Cookies is from local Girl Scouts and only during your local council’s cookie season. To find cookies and learn when cookie season starts in your community visit girlscoutcookies.org.
How do I find the allergen and ingredient information for Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers?
Peanuts, tree nuts, egg, cow's milk, wheat, soybean, fish, and shellfish account for 90% of food allergies in the US. These allergen ingredients are required to be labeled on food products when they are present as an ingredient. On our products the side panel provides an allergy statement which is located below, or within, the ingredient statement. The allergen statement clearly states the top eight allergens contained inside each package. We encourage consumers with food allergies to check the ingredient statement on each package for the most current ingredient information because product formulations can change at any time. If the allergen in concern is not listed below the ingredient statement, we are confident that the product is safe for consumption. Please trust the labeling. We do use a may contain statement for peanuts and tree nuts when the product is produced on a line that shares equipment with another product that does contain peanuts or tree nuts. Scientific evidence has shown that consumers with peanut and tree nut allergies can have a severe reaction to amounts that are below the current detectable limits based on existing technology. For this reason, we have chosen to warn consumers allergic to peanuts and tree nuts of the potential for extremely low levels by using a may contain statement. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned in between processes and we follow Good Manufacturing Practices in all of our facilities. Beyond the top eight allergens, all ingredients are declared within the ingredient statement. If you are concerned about a specific ingredient, please review the ingredient statement to determine if it is part of the product formulation.
Do Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers contain high fructose corn syrup?
No. The Girl Scout cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers do not contain high-fructose corn syrup.
Do Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers contain added preservatives?
Girl Scout cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers do not contain added preservatives.
Do Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers contain artificial colors?
No. The Girl Scout cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers do not contain artificial colors.
Do Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers contain artificial flavors?
We use no artificial flavors in our new S’mores sandwich cookies, our Do-si-dos® or our gluten-free Toffee-tastic™ cookies. We are working towards removing artificial flavors from all Little Brownie cookie varieties in the future pending approval by the national Girl Scout organization.
Do you have any gluten-free cookies?
Yes, Little Brownie Bakers offers a gluten-free cookie, Toffee-tastic™ in participating council markets. Toffee-tastic Girl Scout cookies are crispy, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits. The gluten-free variety will be offered on the Girl Scout’sLast Updated 08.16.163traditional and/or digital order card in 72 Girl Scout council markets across the country. To find out if your local council is offering the gluten-free cookie please contact your council.
How can customers be sure the Toffee-tastic cookies are gluten-free?
Our Toffee-tastic™ cookies have been certified gluten-free by the third-party organization, NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) and verified through testing as meeting the FDA guidelines for labeling gluten-free. The NSF certified gluten-free logo will appear on the side of the Toffee-tastic™ cookie package. For more information about NSF visit the website: http://www.nsf.org/
Are Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers vegan?
Little Brownie Bakers offers Thin Mint cookies that are vegan and Kosher Pareve.
Why are the Thin Mints vegan?
Some cookie customers prefer vegan products and the Thin Mint vegan callout on the cookie flyer and cookie order card allows customers to have more choices and provides consumers more options for a variety of dietary needs or preferences.
What ingredients were taken out of the Thin Mints to make them vegan? Which ingredients will serve as a substitution? How will it affect the cookie? Taste or texture?
Whey (a form of dairy) was removed from the ingredient list from the previous Thin Mint nutritional labeling. Also a flavor was replaced with a non-dairy flavor but had no impact on the ingredient list. The cookie taste and texture are unaffected.
Are Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers kosher?
All Girl Scout cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers are certified as kosher dairy; except Thin Mint cookies which are certified Kosher Pareve. Thin Mint cookies are now labeled vegan as the dairy-based ingredients, which were the only animal derived ingredients, have been removed.
Do Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers contain trans fat?
Girl Scout cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers are “zero grams trans fat per serving” according to the FDA guidelines for the “zero grams trans fat” declaration. This year we are glad to offer the following cookie varieties with no partially hydrogenated oils: Trefoils®, Do-si-dos®, Girl Scout S’mores™, Savannah Smiles® and gluten-free Toffee-tastic™. We are phasing out PHOs in Thin Mints, Samoas® and Tagalongs® in this 2016-2017 cookie season. Please check your cookie carton for ingredients in your package.
Why do some cookies contain partially hydrogenated oils?
This year we are glad to offer the following varieties with no partially hydrogenated oils: Trefoils®, Do-si-dos®, Girl Scout S’mores™, Savannah Smiles® and gluten-free Toffee-tastic™. We are phasing out PHOs in Thin Mints, Samoas® and Tagalongs® in this 2016-2017 cookie season. Please check your cookie carton for ingredients in your package.
Do you offer a cookie for diabetics?
Little Brownie Bakers understands that people with diabetes have special dietary needs and food preferences. We currently do not offer a sugar free Girl Scout cookie baked by Little Brownie Bakers. According to the American Dietetic Association, most people with diabetes can enjoy sugars in moderation as a part of their meal plans, depending on blood glucose control and body weight. We encourage you to discuss the use of sugar in your diet with your doctor or registered dietitian.
Do you use palm oil in Girl Scout cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers?
Although we are a very small user of palm oil, LBB, as a socially responsible company, is committed to sourcing fully traceable palm oil, produced in a manner that’s environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable. To accomplish this, we are working through our supply chain — from suppliers to processors to growers — to ensure that the palm oil we use in our cookies is sourced from plantations that uphold our commitment to protect forests and peat lands, as well as human and community rights.In 2014, we were able to shift our palm oil use to RSPO* Certified Segregated and mass balance palm oil. You will see a logo from RSPO on our cookie packages that states that we have contributed to the production of certified sustainable palm oil. In order to use the RSPO Mixed Balance logo, our bakery was audited by the RSPO to ensure our compliance with their criterion.*RSPO stands for Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. The RSPO is a global association, established in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. For further information on RSPO, visit www.greenpalm.org.
What is that RSPO logo on the side of the Girl Scout Cookie package?
All Girl Scout cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers are RSPO Certified (Mass Balance) for palm oil.This Mass Balance System ensures that the palm oil Little Brownie Bakers uses is produced in a manner that is environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable.The RSPO logo signifies that Little Brownie Bakers has 'contributed to the production of certified sustainable palm oil.'In order to use that logo, the Little Brownie Bakers bakery was audited by the RSPO to ensure its compliance with the RSPO criteria. Visit www.greenpalm.org to learn more about RSPO.
What does “fully traceable” palm oil mean?
As part of the Mass Balance System, all global palm oil suppliers are required to trace palm oil to plantations that are independently verified as compliant with all of the RSPO principles and criteria which includes the assurance that the palm oil used in LBB cookies is sourced from plantations that uphold Little Brownie Bakers’ commitment to protect forests and peat lands, as well as human and community rights.
Is the cocoa used in Girl Scout Cookies responsibly sourced?
As part of our global sustainability commitments, Little Brownie Bakers, and its parent organization, Kellogg has committed to responsibly source our 10 priority ingredients by 2020, including cocoa, and to work with smallholders, cocoa farmers and workers, including women, in areas where cocoa is grown. We source cocoa primarily from Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Indonesia, the top 3 cocoa producing countries in the world. All of our global cocoa suppliers have signed our Global Supplier Code of Conduct, which clearly states that they must treat employees with fairness, respect and dignity, and promote a work environment that is free of harassment, forced labor, corporal punishment or other forms of physical coercion.Kellogg (Little Brownie Bakers) is a member of the World Cocoa Foundation, an industry association focused on bettering livelihoods, ensuring ethical supply chains and improving the environmental management of cocoa growing regions. We are also a member of Sedex, a data collaborative platform, which helps companies reduce potential risks within their supply chains. More information about our efforts in sustainable sourcing can be found in our Kellogg Corporate Responsibility Report.
Are there GMOs in Girl Scout Cookies?
At the current time, there are genetically modified agricultural crops (GMOs) insome Girl Scout Cookies. For the Girl Scout cookie consumers who prefer an alternative, our Girl Scout S’mores™ sandwich cookies are made with verified non-GMO ingredients. In response to the changing desires of cookie customers, our Girl Scout S’mores™ are made with natural flavors, no artificial coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, no preservatives, no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and verified non-GMO ingredients.It is important to note that there is worldwide scientific support for the safety of currently commercialized ingredients derived from genetically modified agricultural crops. The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the American Medical Association all share this assessment. In addition, in the future, GMOs may offer a way to help feed an ever-increasing world population.
Why are my Girl Scout cookie boxes labeled “Produced with Genetic Engineering” on the side panel?
At our core, we believe in transparency and that people should know what’s in their food and where it comes from. We understand that many of our customers want to know what is in their food and where it comes from. We will abide by the recently passed bipartisan legislation creating a nationwide mandatory labeling standard for products made with GMOs. Little Brownie Bakers is also responsible for distributing Girl Scout Cookies in the state of Vermont which previously enacted its own statewide GMO labeling legislations. Our decision to include a GMO disclosure statement on all our cookie packaging complies with this legislation
Starting with the 2016-2017 cookie season, all Girl Scout Cookies will include a GMO disclosure statement and labeled as “produced with genetic engineering” on the package, giving consumers transparency and choice.
For the Girl Scout Cookie consumers who prefer an alternative, our Girl Scout S’mores™ sandwich cookies are made with verified non-GMO ingredients.
How do I know Girl Scout S’mores™ are verified non-GMO cookies?
Our Girl Scout S’mores™ sandwich cookie package does not feature the GMO disclosure statement “produced with genetic engineering.”
Is the packaging recyclable or made from some recycled material?
Today, almost all of our cartons and packaging contain recycled fiber. Most of the recycled packaging material is made up of a mixture of newspaper, office paper, cardboard and printed waste paper from publishers and printing companies. Our cartons are usually accepted by recycling facilities which accept magazine or mixed paper. The plastic trays are all polystyrene 6 (PS 6) and can also be recycled.Many Little Brownie materials are printed on paper made from recycled materials as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
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