Claim:   Girl Scout-vended Thin Mint flavor cookies are made with crack.


FALSE


Example:   [Collected via Twitter, February 2015]





 

Origins: It isn’t uncommon to hear someone proclaim shortly after finishing a sleeve of Thin Mint cookies that that flavor of Girl Scout-vended cookies is absolutely addictive. In fact, some people are so obsessed with the this popular treat that they claim one of its ingredients is crack cocaine.

While this rumor may have started as a mere joke, some susceptible snack lovers have been led to believe that illegal drugs are actually used to make Thin Mint cookies sold by Girl Scouts. The confusion likely stems from a Photoshopped image that has been circulated on the Internet since at least 2009 when it was posted to the website Runnersworld.com:

This photograph, however, does not show the actual ingredients in Thin Mints. This is merely a humorous image commenting on the deliciousness of the popular line of Girl Scout cookies.

According to the Girl Scouts, Thin Mints cookies contain “enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, vegetable shortening (palm and/or partially hydrogenated palm kernel oils), cocoa (processed with alkali), caramel color, contains less than 2% of: high fructose corn syrup, salt, baking soda, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, peppermint oil.” You’ll notice that “crack” is not listed as one of the ingredients in Thin Mints.

Last updated:   24 March 2015