If you’ve made it this far with your New Year’s resolution diet. But Girl Scout cookie season is here. So that’s done.
We’re not judging. We’re here to help you find that box of cookies that you have no intention of sharing. And we know how to get them, whichever part of the country you call home.
Girl Scout cookies season officially kicked off Jan. 2, but, since sales seasons vary by location, you might not have been able to snag a box yet.
And, where you live will determine which cookies you can buy. The Girl Scouts’ Meet the Cookies page tells us that there are 12 cookies available in the 2019 season. But, each of the 112 regional Girl Scout councils decides which to offer. For example, the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will sell 8 kinds, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastics (but not the new Caramel Chocolate Chip).
Oh, and some cookies that are the same have different names depending on where you live. Perhaps you know the toasted-coconut-caramel-chocolate cookie as Caramel deLites. No? Samoas it is then.
All these details can be disorienting. But not to worry, there’s a friendly Girl Scout waiting to help.
Just look at Mackenzie Hancsicsak, a Girl Scout and actress who plays young Kate on “This Is Us.” She showed up with cookies to sell to her fellow stars at the SAG Awards in January.
Two bakeries make Girl Scout cookies
Girl Scout cookies are made by ABC Bakers in Richmond, Virginia and Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, Kentucky.
The bakeries make cookies with the same name but a slightly different taste. Or, they make the cookies with different names that are flavored the same. Sound confusing? It is!
For example, Thin Mints are called Thin Mints no matter where you live. But the Los Angeles Times, which did a taste comparison, described ABC Bakers’ Thin Mint as “crunchier, with more mint than chocolate” and Little Brownie Bakers’ Thin Mint as having a “richer smoother chocolate coating” and a “distinct peppermint taste.”
Caramel deLites and Samoas are “similarly delicious” say Girls Scouts, but the bakeries names for them aren’t even close.
Girl Scout S’mores cookies, introduced in 2017, have the same name but don’t look anything alike.
One version is a graham cookie double-dipped in creme icing and finished with a chocolate coating. The other is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with chocolate and marshmallow filling.
So how do I get my cookies?
Find dates and locations of cookie sales near you by going online and using the Find Cookies zipcode feature. Like magic, a list of locations and dates pop up. Click on the details for the exact time you can grab your Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs (same cookie/different name).
Or, when you’re out and about and you need your cookies NOW, you can use The Girl Scout Cookie Finder app on iOS or Android, which uses your phone’s GPS to give you a list of nearest Girl Scout cookie booths and dates. You can even add them to your calendar.
It feels good to know you’re keeping an appointment that’s also doing some good for girls around the country. Did you know the Girl Scouts is the biggest small business training program for girls?
Can you order cookies online?
Yes, if you know the right people.
If you know a Girl Scout, she can order cookies online and have them sent to your home through the Digital Cookie Platform (if your local council participates). Only a Girl Scout can make the online order, though. And, unless a scout delivers them to your door, you’ll pay shipping costs.
You could potentially find Girl Scout cookies on Amazon or eBay, but Girl Scouts of the USA frowns upon that as you might expect.
The price of 2019 cookies
The price of Girl Scout Cookies varies because each regional council sets its own price. But a spot check of cities including Madison, Wisconsin and Denver show cookies go for $4 a box, while specialty cookies like S’mores and Toffeetastics go for $5. In San Diego, boxes sell for $5 with specialty cookies at $6.
Giving girls a taste of success
No matter how much you pay for a box, the profits, estimated at $800 million, help support your local troop and pay for volunteer training and summer camps for girls ages 5-18.
The money Girl Scouts pulls in during its four-month season (January to April) is more than Oreo did last year in sales and more than Chips Ahoy and Milano combined, according to Fortune.
The piece of Americana — annual cookie sells have been around as a national event since 1936 — teach girls about business.
“When you make a Girl Scout Cookie purchase, you’re helping the next generation of girl entrepreneurs get an important taste of what it takes to be successful —teamwork, planning, and a positive outlook,” Girls Scouts says.
You know what that says to us? Go ahead — buy another box of your favorite cookie, guilt free.
America’s best-selling Girl Scout cookies:
- Thin Mints
- Caramel deLites/Samoas
- Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs
- Girl Scout S’mores
- Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich
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