Beginning this Girl Scout cookie season, the Thin Mints sold by Memphis scouts will be vegan (free of eggs, dairy, and other animal products).
For about half the country — not the half that includes Memphis — a number of Girl Scout cookies (Thin Mints, Lemonades, Thanks-a-Lots, and several others) have been labeled as vegan for several years.
But beginning this Girl Scout cookie season, all Thin Mints offered throughout the country are vegan. Memphis scouts have already begun online ordering campaigns, and soon, they’ll be stationed outside Krogers and Walmarts across the city, tempting us all with their evil-yet-delicious minty, crunchy, chocolate-covered biscuits.
The reason for the cookie discrepancy has to do with the fact that Girl Scouts of America uses two different companies to bake cookies for scouts across the U.S. ABC Smart Cookies switched many of their cookies over to a vegan recipe several years ago. But Little Brownie Bakers (LBB), which supplies the cookies in Memphis, is only beginning to catch on.
According to the Little Brownie Bakers website, they had so many customer requests for vegan Thin Mints that they opted to start there. To make the cookies vegan, whey was removed from the ingredients, but LBB is assuring customers that its removal will not alter the flavor or texture of the cookie.