Updated Friday, Jan. 11; Dallas -- Well, this is embarrassing, but here in the Dallas area, Girl Scout Cookies are still only $3.50 a box. Councils across the country have a right to charge a little more, and preliminary information for this article came from another council. It seems inflation has not yet hit North Texas -- Cookies are still a bargain!
It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time in Texas and across the nation. Everybody has a favorite. And all the old favorites are still for sale. In fact, in 2013, only the old favorites are for sale; no new shapes, flavors or fillings have been introduced.
The packaging has changed, and now includes stories of Girl Scout activities and the fun and learning that is involved in the experience. But, inside – well, as everyone knows, there’s just something about those cookies. They may not be totally nutritious or healthy, but they’re awfully good, and the proceeds go to a good cause. The 101-year-old organization has been selling those cookies longer than most people can remember.
Since the Girl Scout Cookie program began in 1917, proceeds have been used to provide girls with new opportunities and practical business skills like project management, public relations, accounting and customer relations.
Even though sale dates vary a little in different locales, the cookie-selling season runs from mid-January through late February in most areas. Whether you buy one box from a neighbor’s daughter, or order one of each kind as a way to show your support, the price is the same -- $4 a box.
The different varieties are:
Savannah Smiles -- bite-sized lemon wedges, dusted in powdered sugar.
Trefoils – the original simple shortbread baked to resemble the Girl Scout pin.
Do-si-dos – crunchy, crispy oatmeal filled with peanut butter.
Samoas -- vanilla cookies, covered with caramel, rolled in coconut, and drizzled with a little chocolate.
Dulce de Leche – sweet, bite-sized confections inspired by the classic treats of Latin America.
Thank U Berry Munch – hearty cookies containing cranberries and white fudge chips.
Tagalongs – The chocolate-covered cookie and peanut butter combo.
Thin Mints – Traditionally, the most popular cookie: A thin wafer made with natural peppermint combined with a chocolate coating.
You can be almost certain that later in the selling season there will be cookie booths appearing at area supermarkets and shopping centers. Just be forewarned – as always, the cookies go quickly, snapped up by all the adult “cookie monsters” of every neighborhood.
So, you might save yourself from disappointment, and "do a good turn" as well, by buying yours early.