Girl Scouts come out with new 'nutrient-infused' cookie

1/22/2013

Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, but the same can't be said for Girl Scouts' cookies.

Meet the Mango Creme, a crispy vanilla wafer packed full of nutrients from dehydrated veggies and fruits. It's now proudly sold by Girl Scouts alongside the traditional Thin Mints, chocolately Tagalongs and crispy-coconut Samoas.

The Franken-cookie is artificially flavored, but bakers used Nutrifusion to "supercharge" it with nutrients from rehydrated apples, oranges, cranberries, pomegranate, limes, strawberries and shiitake mushrooms, for Vitamin D.

"Our product isn't a replacement for real fruits and veggies," said William Grand, the Nutrifusion vice president. "But we can offer an alternative for people who still want their chips, pasta and cookies.

"Through our technology we can put some nutrients in the food they eat."

Grand uses shiitakes in Mango Cremes for the Vitamin D, he said.

As a result, the cookies are chock-full of such vitamins like B1, A, C, D, E and B6 - in some cases up to 15 percent of the daily recommended serving.

There are zero trans fats and no preservatives - but it remains to be seen if Mango Cremes sales will crumble next to fan favorites that your stomach loves, but your cardiologist doesn't.

The mango madness was the idea of ABC bakers, said Amanda Hamaker, manager of product sales for Girl Scouts.

"They presented the idea to us, and said they'd done considerable market research showing that fruit cremes are very popular," she said.

The Girl Scouts liked the idea of making a cookie that packed a real nutritional punch.


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