Now here’s some exciting news: The Girl Scouts have been working hard at making sure their cookies can be enjoyed by anyone with diet restrictions, including vegans and those who keep kosher.
This year, the beloved thin mint cookie is now the first Girl Scout cookie to be Certified Kosher Pareve by the Orthodox Union, the Jewish Chronicle reports. In other words, Thin Mints now contain neither meat nor dairy ingredients and can be enjoyed after any meal.
The cookies achieved this new status when the Little Brownie Bakers, the company that makes Girl Scout Cookies, removed whey (a byproduct of milk) and a flavor that contained dairy, with a nondairy flavor.
The bakers contend that this year’s Thin Mints are indistinguishable in taste and texture from the crunchy, chocolaty, and minty cookies you’ve enjoyed in the past.
This year, kosher Jews and vegans alike have had a lot to celebrate–including the announcement of Ben & Jerry’s Pareve ice cream flavors! So far, thin mints are the first and only Girl Scout cookie that are pareve, but all of their other cookies are certified as Kosher Dairy. Yum.
Pronounced: KOH-sher, Origin: Hebrew, adhering to kashrut, the traditional Jewish dietary laws.