By JESSIE HORTON
ThinMints, Caramel deLites, Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-si-dos and so many more! Just in time to blast that New Year’s resolution out of the water — it’s Girl Scout cookie season.
And in addition to the time-honored traditional favorites, the Girl Scouts have announced three new flavors including Rah-Rah Raisins, an oatmeal raisin cookie with yogurt-flavored pieces, and two new gluten-free options: Toffee-tastic (with toffee bits) and Trios (with peanut butter, chocolate chips and oats).
According to the national website, approximately 1.5 million Girl Scouts will be selling over 200 million boxes this cookie season, which begins Wednesday, January 21. The cookies program is the largest girl-led business in the world, and is meant to support and help girls learn five skills — goal setting, money management, business ethics, people skills and decision-making skills.
Another great thing about Girl Scout cookie sales are the many ways the sale of the cookies help the Girl Scouts. Local scout Victoria Saucedo said she tries to sell more than 1,000 boxes each year so that she can help her troop go to camp, purchase uniforms and other things. Her fellow Girl Scout, Ali Evans, said she liked selling cookies because of all the cool new people she got to meet.
Girl Scout cookies can be purchased through any Girl Scout and many of the troops in the area go into local businesses to sell to employees, as well as door-to-door sales in some neighborhoods.
Don’t know a Girl Scout? There’s an app for that! Anyone can can download the Cookie Finder app to locate the nearest Girl Scout cookie booth, which is usually just a table set up temporarily in front of someplace like a supermarket.
Locally, the Girl Scouts will spend a majority of the weekends during cookie season in front of Wal-Mart, Tractor Supply, Hastings, Cici’s Pizza and other local businesses.