DIX HILLS, NY (CBSNewYork) — Girl Scout Elle Malinow has sold hundreds of boxes of Girl Scout cookies, but she’s never tasted one.

The 7-year-old Dix Hills girl has celiac disease which means her diet has to be gluten-free.

According to the Girl Scouts Cookies website, gluten-free or other non-allergen cookies aren’t made because there isn’t enough of a demand to make its production economically feasible. 

“Because Girl Scout cookies are produced just once a year and for a limited time, our bakers never achieve the volume required to support the specific production of specialty cookies,” the website says in its Frequently Asked Questions section.

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That’s why Elle’s mother, Stacy Malinow, decided to start an online petition for gluten-free and allergen-free Girl Scout cookies.

She says there are enough people with celiac disease and other allergies to warrant the production of specialty Girl Scout cookies.

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She’s received more 2,000 signatures in just over two weeks.

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section.

Comments (23)
  1. Michelle Cain says:

    The petition is to show a market for a GF/ALLERGEN-FREE cookie. Free of the top 8 allergens. With 5% of the population having a true food allergy, it would fit the need of the millions who have to say ‘no’ every time they pass the girl scouts. And with those statistics, keep in mind up to 5% of all Girl Scouts have a true food allergy and are unable to eat the cookies they sell.

    All the petition is, is a way to show that there really is a market. It is not to FORCE the manufacturers to come out with an option; just to let them use the data for the people out there who would buy it and make a business decision.

    The link for the petition can be found here:


    (Also, a sugar free cookie does not appeal to all diabetics. Type 1 diabetics can eat sugar as long as they compensate with insulin. Why would that be an indicator of how an allergen-free cookie would sell?)


    Malinow, get a life.

  3. Ashley says:

    I was a cookie salesman, top producer and queen…now I eat a gluten free and can not understand why the national council won’t start this! It seems like these people are living on another planet where we are all alike! I know hundreds of people coast to coast who have this issue and know that the council is not in touch with reality! I admire this little girl who sells but does not eat them! They will never be bought in my home again due to their policy!

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  5. Grenada Doris says:

    I am on a gluten-free diet and would be happy to purchase cookies that are gluten free. Only Whole Foods carries these products in my area.

  6. Robin says:

    I’ll be on board when they produce a thin mint cookie that doesn’t immediately make me gain 10 pounds on my butt.

    But all joking aside, YES i know people with celiac disease and though I am sypathetic to they’re dietary needs there also needs to be a some what limit. Like someone stated they stopped offering the sugar free cookies because they didn’t sell. I am sure there are girl scouts who have diabetes. OR next a Mother of a over weight girl will be getting a petition together to stop selling them all together because of the “childhood obesity crisis”

    It’s a once a year fundraiser that’s been going on for 80 years. If they don’t “offer” a kind of cookie you can eat your life won’t stop over it.

  7. former gs mom says:

    it’s a girl scout cookie, for cryin’ out loud…check out the keebler fudge selection,,IDENTICAL TO GS COOKIES. the cost of producing specialty cookies would probably outweigh the sales, so what’s the point??? keep our eye on the ball please,,not on whether your baby can eat them!

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  9. Seek and ye shall find says:

    Girl scout cookies have gotten so much smaller and cost so much more now that I don’t buy them anymore. There are many tasty gluten-free cookies on the market already, no need to feel deprived.

  10. amanda says:

    Ok honesty how many of you people who don’t like the idea know someone with this disease? I do someone close to me has it and is an adult! Its hard for her because she’s had to give up foods she loves! I can’t imagine being a child and giving these cookies to the people who get them and never being able to have one its sad!

  11. wendy says:

    If sugar free cookies from the Girl Scouts are no longer offered due to poor sales, where are they going to go with this? It is a fundraiser after all. While I’m sorry this child can’t eat the cookies she sells, parents spend too much time trying to make the world perfect for their children–life is full of deprivations.

  12. Irene Brady says:

    Giving away freebies and free samples is the best way for companies to introduce their products to you. Best place is “123 Get Samples” Best of all, there is no obligation on your part.

  13. Michelle says:

    I would definitely be on board. My daughter is a junior girl scout with celiac disease. It sucks that she sells all these cookies and can’t even eat one.

    Michelle from Metuchen, NJ

  14. Kristen says:

    You would think cbs would at least publish a link to the Damn petition. Change.org

  15. carol says:

    Yes, we need gluten free Girl Scout cookies that taste normal.

  16. Tommy says:

    Um…you know there are 10,000 other kinds of cookies right?

  17. MikeV says:

    This needs to stop, Im sorry but you can’t appease every human being and make exceptions for everyone’s unfortunate allergies or illnesses. Where does it stop?
    I mistakenly clicked on this story but I am getting sick and tired of reading about people who think the world must cave in to their unique demands because they cant participate with everyone else.

    Stop it already

    1. voiceofreason says:

      mike have you ever considered suicide? you should

    2. Bob Fowler says:

      I’m allergic to peanuts. Why can’t they make peanut free peanut butter cookies for me? I so miss eating peanut butter cookies. I am so sad when I attend a ball game and all around me are enjoying peanuts, and I can’t. Why doesn’t the government make peanut growers grow peanuts that have no peanut in them?

      1. bronxteacherNY says:

        You might tease, but I’ve worked in many preschools/daycares that are “peanut-free” environments because of the danger some children encounter due to this allergy.

        If you’d like to actually consider this a real thought, there is a peanut-free soynut butter that tastes shockingly close to peanut butter and is safe for all those concerned.

        Yes, what a silly world it is for people to want more options in life. Luckily, these people don’t have to be bothered with such purchases and you can just keep walking past them at the grocery store. I know… such a hassle for them!

      2. Bob Fowler says:

        I drive a Dodge, but want to drive a BMW. Shall I insist that BMW develop a car specifically to meet my needs, both dimensionally and fiscally? As a society, we have become ‘I wants’. We would all do well to take a little less self-serving attitudes to our daily existences. It would make most people willing to help those that have real needs, and not a yearning for a stupid cookie.

  18. edwin ramos says:

    hi my name is edwin ramos i do have celiac disease i am 52 years old don,t worry you are not alone i wish there was gluten-free girl scout cookies,
    because i use to eat girl scout cookies,i wish you the best you got my suport,
    god bless you i hope thay make girl scout cookies gluten free i will buy alot.
    thank you for sharing your story.good luck

  19. amanda says:

    My friend would love this I know at least 4 or more people who either have it or who’s kids have it!

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