Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookie Part of a Pilot Program
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Sep 13 2012

Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookie Part of a Pilot Program

I never thought I would see this day come – the day when “gluten-free” and “Girl Scout” were used in the same sentence.  I started to get really excited when I first saw the link to this article that I received in my email inbox.  It seems that the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan is part of a pilot program that was launched just this past weekend.

More information about the program:

“We have been getting requests for years from people with celiac disease to offer a gluten-free alternative,” said Jan Barker, chief executive officer of GSHOM, in a statement. “We recognize their dietary limitations and are very pleased to be able to offer these snack bites to the lineup of their food options.”

“We’re the first Girl Scout group to enter the gluten-free market with a baked good which addresses the needs of individuals with celiac disease and others who are interested in a gluten-free diet,” said George Franklin, owner of Franklin Public Affairs and a supporter of GSHOM who helped facilitate the pilot program.

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The cookie was developed by WholeVine in a partnership with the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.  The cookies are part of a pilot program, $5.00 a package and there are no plans to make these a permanent part of the line-up.   The cookies were sold out by Tuesday, but have been reordered.  They can be purchased at the Kalamazoo Regional Center at 601 W. Maple Street.

WholeVine is a company that makes products consisting of an “exciting new line of wholesome offerings with all-natural ingredients sourced from fine wine vineyards in and around Sonoma County, the historical heart of California’s wine country.”

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More about their gluten-free products:

No more compromising on taste to get the benefits of gluten-free. Grapes don’t just come in red and white, they arrive here at WholeVine with familiar names like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, and more. Each contributes its own characteristics to the final product whether it’s wine or cookies. Yes, cookies
Our Sonoma Style cookies are gluten?free and full flavored, with recipes developed and refined by sharing them among cookie lovers. This is finger food crafted from recipes that use our unique grape seed flour to provide all the nature-born nutrition and rich natural flavors that each vine offers up, and that you come to expect and deserve.
The resulting rare treasure is a cookie you’ll crave for the taste, and your body will appreciate. Oatmeal California Currant, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chocolate-Chip, and 2-Chocolates Chip are our tantalizing inaugural recipes.
And remember, best of all, our WholeVine cookies are entirely gluten-free, each and every one.

I don’t know about you, but I am very interested in sampling not only the cookies from the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, but some of the other varieties WholeVine makes.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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