I heard a crazy rumor this morning, and after a little bit of research, it turns out to be true! The Girl Scouts have reformulated several of their cookie recipes – including Thin Mints – and they are now vegan!
The cookies come from ABC Baking company, and here are the deets from their FAQ:
- Does ABC offer any vegan cookies?
- Yes, ABC has 4 vegan cookies in our product line – our Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Patties are all vegan.
Vegan Thin Mints!
The vegan Thin Mints are from ABC Bakers. It looks like The Girl Scouts are using two companies to make their cookies this year, so if you want the vegan ones, ABC Bakers is the brand to grab.
Now, I know that Girl Scout Cookies aren’t exactly health food, but they are a big part of popular culture here in the U.S., and veganizing the iconic Thin Mint cookie is a big step for vegan advocacy in my opinion. Millions of people – vegan an omnivore alike – enjoy those cookies, and now that they’re vegan they could help change folks’ minds about vegan baked goods in general.
Vegan baking has come a long way from the kind of sandy, kind of bland, fall-aparty cookies and cupcakes from back in the day, and showing that you can have treats like a Thin Mint without giving up taste might be the thing that helps someone on the fence decide to take the vegan leap.
I know that when I was considering veganism, one of the deciding factors was when I learned that there is plenty of good, vegan chocolate out there.
But what about palm oil?
There has been a lot of controversy in the past few years surrounding the palm oil in Girl Scout Cookies, and with good reason. Conventional palm farming for palm oil uses notorious slash and burn techniques to clear out rainforests and make room for palm plantations. This is a huge problem from a biodiversity perspective, and it was decimating local orangutan populations.
I was happy to see that this round of cookies is using certified palm oil.
The oil is certified by Green Palm Sustainability. Here’s their mission, from their website:
Exclusively endorsed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the GreenPalm programme is based on the principle that the best way to encourage people to work in a sustainable and responsible way is to reward them for doing so.
Not too shabby, right?
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to toast this news with an ABC Bakers Thin Mint!
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