Since 1917, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have been selling cookies to raise funds. Top sellers can earn prizes for their hard work and there are incentives for units as well. You can get the cookies from one of our local girl scouts. A box of cookies in Davis costs $4 as of 2013.
In 2013, Scouts were spotted going door-to-door as early as January 12.
Those who support rights of transgendered people may wish to buy extra cookies this year.
The GSUSA requires licensed baking companies to offer Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and Shortbreads each year. Popular favorites such as Caramel Delites or Samoas and Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs are usually available each year as well. Other varieties offered vary from year to year and the exact names and compositions of the cookies differ depending on which baking companies are licensed. You can find ingredients and nutrition information on the Girl Scout Cookies website. Predictably, they're about as loaded with calories and fat as they are delicious.
- Thin Mints: Chocolate-covered mint-flavored wafers
- Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwiches: Oatmeal cookies surrounding peanut butter filling
- Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties: Chocolate-coated vanilla cookies with peanut butter filling
- Trefoils/Shortbreads: Shortbread cookie in the shape of the GSUSA logo
- Samoas/Caramel DeLites: Caramel-coated vanilla cookies coated in caramel with chocolate stripes and toasted coconut
- Lemon Chalet Cremes: Lemon creme filling sandwiched between cinnamon cookies
- Daisy Go Rounds: Cinnamon cookies in the shape of daisies. Advertised as low fat and come in 100 calorie packs. Only available from ABC Bakers.
- Lemonades Round: Shortbread cookie with lemon icing.
- Thanks-a-lot: Shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate and topped with an embossed "thank you" message in one of 5 languages.
- Mango Cremes with NutriFusion™: Sandwich of Vanilla or Coconut wafers with Mango-flavored filling (palm oil). It's the "healthy cookie" for this cookie season. There's no actual mango, though—it's all artificial/natural flavors. "Nutri-Fusion" is a vitamin supplement compounded from plant-based "whole food concentrate." The component foods are cranberry, pomegranate, orange, grape, strawberry, shitake mushrooms. This additive puts Vitamins A, B1, B6, C, D, E, and Calcium into the cookie in Nutrition Facts-worthy quantities. All the cookies contain a labeled quantity of Iron because of Enriched Wheat Flour.
They are now offering far fewer varieties than in previous years. Also, the boxes are smaller and some cookies are actually smaller than they used to be! Heresy! Delicious heresy.
Where to Buy
Usually you can find cookie booths in front of supermarkets and such sometime in February:
Or answer your door when the Girl Scouts come calling (or respond when your co-worker hits you up, or....)
Where to Eat
2010-02-28 23:14:13 Heads up on the lemon chalet cookies: there's a recall. —EdWins
2010-03-02 20:05:59 Unfortunately Girl Scouts do not go door to door anymore citing safety reasons. —hankim
- I have first-hand information that this is false. Perhaps they only go to neighbors who they know and who are in their immediate vicinity, but they definitely go. —CovertProfessor
- I guess I do not see any because I live in an apartment complex. I still get Bible-pushers and such though, but they do not have cookies. —hankim
- I'm sorry. —cp
- Here's a great idea: they should print Bible-verses on cookies. Or fortune style cookies. At least then more people will listen to their message/spiel, or at least keep the door open longer <.<
- Hopefully there are no more Heaven's Gaters to read this. —hankim
- Do you get Halloween trick or treaters? I'm betting there's a pretty good correspondence between door to door Girl Scout cookie sales and trick or treating. -jw
2011-01-28 10:58:20 I was a girlscout well up until I was 16. The cookies have become more and more of a ripoff. Smaller sizes, fewer to a box and prices going up. Meanwhile troops are getting less and less money from the sales. If you really want to support a chapter, just donate money or time directly to them. Hell they can probably bake you a batch of cookies for less. —OliviaY