Girl Scout cookie fans have more options

FRESNO, Calif.

It's cookie time across the country. Girl Scouts in the Valley are taking orders for your favorites like thin mints and caramel delites.

New this year: the cranberry citrus crisp cookie, with whole grains and real cranberries. And those with gluten allergies will notice a package just for them.

"There's demand for it," said Dacia Poulson. "That's what we get the most demand for is a gluten-free cookie."

Darcia Poulson with the Girl Scouts of Central California South says the organization has heard from a growing number of people with gluten allergies. So this year, the g-free cookie is being sold in select markets across the United States.

"Only a handful of councils are participating in the gluten-free pilot project across the U.S.," said Poulson. "We are lucky we are one of them. And we're going to have a limited amount."

In addition to ordering ahead from your neighborhood Girl Scouts, they will also be setting up booths around the Valley in March. Poulson says there is a limited supply.

Those specialty diets are becoming more popular. P*DE*Q bakery opened its Clovis business just a few months ago selling all gluten free products. Everything from pizza to cupcakes to the P*DE*Q, a tapioca based cheese ball.

Liz Reyes said, "There's no wheat in our products and it's just something we want available for people that has celiac disease. Also for the average people, they're still very yummy treats."

Bakery Manager Liz Reyes says the business has found success in the niche market and it's also helping people eat some of their favorite foods, without getting sick.

So whether it's a local bakery or now the Girl Scout cookies, there are more options for those with gluten allergies.

Cookie season for the Girl Scouts is now underway. Click here for more information on where to find booth locations near you.

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