The people who posted this video initially have taken it down after a lot of backlash. Funny enough, they call themselves "HonestGirlScouts" on YouTube. If you want to go troll them, here's there page: http://www.youtube.com/user/HonestGirlScouts
If you want to see an awesome response video, here it is:
She's my Girl Scout hero!
So this got me into further researching the Girl Scouts of America. Seeing as I used to be a Boy Scout--and they are FAR less inclusive than Girl Scouts appeared to be--I was interested in seeing if this was true of Girl Scouts. I know that Boy Scouts of America has been in the news previous for denying homosexual scouts, as well as homosexual scout masters from being a part of the scouts. So what I found out about Girl Scouts was even better! Apparently, Girl Scouts has turned into a group that is very conscious about social justice. I think that is awesome! The stuff I found can be more easily summed up by a picture that I saw on Facebook this morning, so I thought it'd be perfect to go with this blog post. Here it is:
(Courtesy of Geneva Conway.)
So basically, despite being vegan, I had every intention of buying as many of those Girl Scout cookies this year as I can get between my grubby little mitts! What I actually found was quite surprising. Some Girl Scout cookies actually are vegan! But I'll warn.... you fellow vegans out there have to be careful. Girl Scout Cookies are actually made by two different companies. That is why sometimes they have slightly different names (for example: Shortbreads/Trefoils, Samoas/Carmel deLites, etc.). Each year, these two companies are actually the ones who choose what variety of cookies will be out that year. Each company chooses eight cookies, and those are the ones they produce for the Girl Scouts that year. Those two companies are ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers.
Just so you are aware, NONE of the cookies made by Little Brownie Bakers are vegan! Not one. However, there are FIVE varieties that are made by ABC Bakers that are vegan!
Here are some tips to know which bakery your local troupe uses:
- Obviously--if they're sitting right in front of you--you can check the box.
- If they're selling Thanks-a-Lots, Shout Outs!, or Lemonades, they're selling from ABC Bakers (as Little Brownie Bakers are not making those varieties this year).
- If they're selling Savannah Smiles, Dulce de Leche, or Thank U BerryMuch cookies, they're selling from Little Brownie Bakers (as ABC Bakers are not making those varieties this year).
- Also, if you check the website for your local Girl Scouts troop--which you can typically find via the Girl Scout website when you go to look for cookies--They will likely have a resource for the troop leaders about placing their cookie orders, which will tell you who they are ordering from.
Lucky for me, my local troop uses ABC Bakers! I know you've been waiting for it, so here are the five varieties that are vegan from ABC Bakers this year:
And I know you've all been waiting for this one..................
(All Courtesy of ABC Bakers.)
For the first time ever, a vegan Thin Mint cookie! Too awesome for words......
Now, I'm sure there are some stickler vegans out there saying, "Well a few of those aren't vegan! They're made on equipment that is used to process milk products!" or "I doubt any of those are vegan! They're cookies! Come on! Sugar! Bone Char! Come on BFGV! Get your head out of your ass!"
To this, I say:
1. I am definitely not a stickler vegan for products with those warning labels, "Allergen Information: This product is manufactured on equipment that processes products containing milk." I might be more concerned if I were actually allergic to milk, but I am not. Also, if you know much about these types of large factory settings, you'll know that they are generally very diligent about cleanliness. If they weren't they'd be shut down in no time. So I typically trust that they're vegan-friendly.
2. If you also know enough about these large factory type operations, then you'll know that sugar refined using bone char is more expensive than sugar that is refined through other means--or even unrefined. Therefore, companies who are making products like this--both in such large quantities and in which you'll never actually see the sugar--rarely will use the more expensive stuff. So you're looking at a better than average chance that this sugar is completely vegan.
I will note for the masses that I am not advocating for the mass consumption of cookies. However, moderation never killed anyone. Nothing drives me more crazy than the snotty vegans who say, "Oh... I'd never eat that stuff." Also, when you're given an opportunity to help an organization that is as socially aware as the Girl Scouts seem to be, you'll make an exception!
So go buy your cookies!