2018-2019 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. For product inquiries or concerns call us at 1-800-962-1718; or visit littlebrowniebakers.com
How can I know the Girl Scout Cookies I’m buying aren’t from last year’s season?
We prepare our cookies especially 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, 2019 are for the 2018-2019 season.
How many packages of cookies are in a case?
For all varieties of our cookies, there are 12 packages 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 registered Girl Scouts participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and only during your local council’s cookie season. To find cookies and learn when cookie season starts in your community, and locate cookie sale booths visit www.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 U.S. 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 allergen statement which is located below, or within, the ingredient statement. The allergen statement clearly lists 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 of concern is not listed below the ingredient statement, we are confident that the product is safe for consumption. Please trust the labeling. 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.
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.
Why do my Girl Scout Cookie Nutrition Labels look different from last year?
In May 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.
• The new label will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices.
• Large food companies had until July 2018 to put these new labels on their food packages; and we complied with the new law beginning in the 2017-2018 cookie season
• Information from the FDA can be found at http://go.usa.gov/xkHru
• The 2018-2019 cookie season is the second year that all Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers have displayed the new Nutrition Facts label on pack.
An overview for consumers can be found at www.kelloggs.com, click on "Nutrition" at the top of the page and then select "A New Look for Food Labels" https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/nutrition/a-new-look-for-food-labels.html
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 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 the Girl Scout S’mores® sandwich cookies, the Do-si-dos® or the gluten-free Toffee-tastic™ cookies.
Do you have any gluten-free cookies?
Yes, Little Brownie Bakers offers the gluten-free cookie, Toffee-tastic™ to all of the 76 Girl Scout council markets we serve across the country (and overseas). Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies, first introduced in 2014, are crispy, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits. Gluten-free Toffee-tastic cookies are offered in select markets. To find out if your local Girl Scout council is offering the gluten-free cookie, please contact your council.
How can customers be sure the Toffee-tastic cookies are gluten-free?
The 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 kosher?
All Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers are certified as kosher dairy; except the Thin Mints® Girl Scout Cookies which are certified Kosher Pareve.
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. Please check your cookie package for ingredients in your cookies.
Do LBB cookies contain partially hydrogenated oils?
No. The Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers (all varieties) do not contain partially hydrogenated oils.
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?
We were able to shift our palm oil to use RSPO 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 Mass 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 https://www.rspo.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 contributes to the production of palm oil 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 https://www.rspo.org/ to learn more about RSPO.
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 by visiting: http://crreport.kelloggcompany.com/
Are there GMOs in Girl Scout Cookies?
At the current time, there are genetically modified agricultural crops (GMOs) in the Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers. We recognize that many people have concerns regarding GMO ingredients, and we monitor this matter while simultaneously addressing industry trends; scientific trends and, of course, consumer preference.
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.
Is the packaging recyclable or made from recycled packaging material?
Today, almost all of our packaging contain recycled fiber or 100% recycled paperboard. 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 packages are usually accepted by recycling facilities which accept magazine or mixed paper. The plastic trays are all polystyrene 6 (PS 6) and can be recycled if your local recycling facility takes #6 plastics. We provide instructions on how to recycle our materials on many of our packages.
Many Little Brownie materials are printed on paper made from recycled materials as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Why are the Girl Scout S’mores sandwich cookies packaged differently this year?
Girl Scout S’mores® sandwich cookies will be produced in soft-pack packaging, without a paper carton, for the 2018-2019 cookie season. The packaging contains the same number of cookies and net weight as the prior season. The contemporary, glossy film overwrap is similar, yet of a stronger thickness than the protective wrapping found inside the boxes of other cookie varieties, and is recyclable. Film overwrap packaging is currently the “greenest” packaging available for Girl Scout Cookies, helping to eliminate thousands of pounds of paperboard from the waste stream. By eliminating the paper carton, we’re reducing about 33% of material while preserving the quality and freshness of the cookies.