The Girl Scouts are now selling their legendary cookies! And there are also new varieties this year .
It all began a hundred years ago in Muskogee, Oklahoma with the Mistletoe Girl Scout Troop raising money making cookies. The other troops noticed and their fundraiser took off from there. These days, Girls Scout Cookies are not just a huge business, but the program also teaches important business skills to young girls.
Helen Henrichs with Girl Scouts from Southwest Texas explains that girls still go door-to-door, but they are also able to sell online. The “digital cookie” is an online program where girls manage their individual sales pages. Then they email family and friends explaining the process of buying cookies online.
Henrichs says in 1927, they only had one flavor. However, now there are over a dozen varieties, including two new options.
The founding Girl Scouts made sugar cookies to sell as a fundraiser. To honor them this year, they’re creating a Girls Scouts smores cookie. The first smores cookie was in the Girls Scout handbook in 1927. At the time they were called ‘somemores’ because you only need one, but you want some more.
The new Girl Scouts smore cookies are crème dipped graham crackers covered in chocolate. The other new cookie is a marshmallow and chocolate sandwich cookie.
New Year’s Day was the first day for sale orders on Girl Scout cookies. However, Henrichs says in a couple weeks the selling will expand. Girls will be in store selling their cookies from the beginning of February through March.
According to the website, the program is the largest entrepreneurial program led by girls in the entire world. And the best part is that all of the profits stay with the local troops and council.
If you don’t know a Girl Scout in your area, you can log in to the Girl Scout website to place your cookie orders!