For some of you, Girl Scout cookie time is like a holiday, a time you look forward to all year round. Starting in January, Girl Scouts hit the streets, going door to door taking orders. Come late February, you’ll start seeing those well-known cookie tables pop up outside your local grocery stores.
For vegans, however, Girl Scout cookie time was a thing of the past…until now.
This year, Thin Mints are officially vegan. That’s right, no more animal-based products in the Thin Mints. So what’s in them?
- Enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid)
- Vegetable shortening (palm and/or partially hydrogenated palm kernel oils)
- Cocoa (processed with alkali)
- Caramel color
- High fructose corn syrup
- Baking soda
- Soy lecithin
- Natural and artificial flavor
- Peppermint oil
Though we haven’t got our hands on a box yet, one Girl Scout cookie fan says the new vegan version isn’t as good. John P. David wrote in his piece for the Huffington Post, “Uh-Oh, Girl Scouts Changed Thin Mints“:
“…I’m telling you, they’re missing something (butter and eggs, duh) that gave them that richness and texture that added to their addictiveness.”
Though we couldn’t find any ingredients list for Thin Mints that included either butter or eggs (it was whey and condensed milk that seemed to be the non-vegan culprits), the concept still stands that for some, these new Thin Mints may be a disappointment. For others, however, it may be a chance to re-enjoy a favorite from the past.
Opt for Homemade
Though some are all about supporting these girls through cookie buying, there are others who still want to make these guys at home. Since Thin Mints weren’t vegan for so long, a lot of recipes exist out there for plant-based versions. One recipe, by Chloe Coscerelli, an award-winning vegan chef, not only allows you to make these yourself, but cuts out some of the not-so-great ingredients. Her recipe includes:
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free all-purpose flour)
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup vegan margarine
- 3 tablespoons soy, almond, or rice milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
Or if you’re digging the homemade vibe but don’t have the time to make them, TheComfortingVegan shop on Etsy sells 100% Vegan & Organic Thin Mints in packs of 2 dozen (24) cookies, for just $20.