So, you're probably well into your New Year's resolution of giving up sweets or eating healthier. After the past few months of indulging in Christmas cookies, holiday dinners and endless amounts of booze, the last thing you need is more sugary food. Unfortunately, you're going to have to put that diet on hold for a bit, because it's Girl Scout cookie season. And we all know how hard it is to resist buying a box of Caramel deLites, peanut butter sandwiches or Thin Mints.
Beginning Saturday, January 11, Girl Scouts will be knocking on your doors to sell you a box...or five...of their cookies. New cookies have been added to the lineup, and this year the newcomers are a bit healthier than the traditional selections.
The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is selling these two new cookies: gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread and cranberry citrus crisps. Customers requested that the organization add a gluten-free cookie to the lineup, so it answered with bite-size gluten-free shortbread cookies with chocolate chips. Each of these new cookies is free of artificial flavors, colors, high fructose corn syrup, palm oil and hydrogenated oils.
As one of the largest Girl Scouts councils in the nation, the GSSJC is one of 20 selling these two new flavors as a test. Both cost $5 per box, in contrast to the regular cookies, which cost $4 per box.
To help you decide if these two new flavors are worth the extra dollar, we have taste-tested these creations to see if they're as good as the originals we have all come to know and love.
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Cranberry Citrus Crisps
This fruity addition is a whole-grain cookie studded with real bits of dried cranberries. The smell of citrus -- which is currently in season -- hits you immediately when you open the bag. At first you may be disappointed that this cookie has no chocolate, but the natural sweetness from the cranberry bits and citrus zest throughout the crisp will satisfy your sugary craving.
Four cookies contain 150 calories, making them one of the healthiest in the current cookie lineup.
Verdict: If you love oatmeal raisin cookies, fig newtons or lemon bars, then you'll enjoy these light and tangy items. Chocolate and peanut butter fans should stick to their mainstays, or they'll be sorely disappointed.
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread
These bite-size chocolate chippers don't have exactly the same texture as the regular shortbread cookies. Instead, they are softer and crumble the second you pop one in your mouth. The miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips are definitely real chocolate -- they begin to melt with just one bite. The soft gluten-free shortbread base with the miniature chocolate chips creates a nice flavor balance. No, they're not the best gluten-free cookies out there, but they are enjoyable.
Unfortunately, four mini cookies contain 150 calories and eight grams of fat, the highest calorie and fat content among all Girl Scouts cookies.
Verdict: Gluten-intolerant cookie lovers, rejoice! These chocolate chip shortbread cookies let you enjoy Girl Scouts cookie season. If you relish a snack bag of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies or Keebler's rainbow and chocolate chip cookies, then you'll definitely enjoy the Girl Scouts bite-size treats. But if you don't want to completely destroy your diet, stay away from these mini cookies -- you'll be tempted to eat the entire bag.