Girl Scout Cookies Are Now Available

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Time to Stock Up on Thin Mints

 Finally! It has been a full year, but the waiting is over. Girl Scout cookies are once again available.

Flavors available this year include Girl Scout S’mores (a new entry), Thin Mints, Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Trefoils/Shortbread, Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-A-Lot, Toffee-tastic and Caramel Chocolate Chips.

Each of the country’s 112 Girl Scout councils sets its own price based on need and knowledge of the local market and 100 percent of the net revenue stays with the local council.

According to the Girl Scout website, “The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began as early as 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.”  (Visit:

In 1951, Girl Scout cookies came in three varieties: Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mints (now known as Thin Mints).

One can find the original 1922 Girl Scout cookie recipe on the website—it involves refrigerating, rolling and cutting out cookies. Some boxes of cookies are $5 others are $6, which seems much easier than baking from scratch.

By early this century there were eight varieties; three were mandatory (Thin Mints, Do-si-dos and Trefoils) and all cookies were kosher.

In 2016 during the Academy Awards, Girl Scouts took the stage to sell cookies to Hollywood’s A-list to start the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies.

(Editor’s note: I purchased three boxes of cookies at 3 p.m. on Sunday from my favorite Brownie, but by 7 p.m. the cookies were gone. Luckily, I was told that Brownie Troop 6445 will be selling in front of Ralphs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 9.)



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