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Yay!! It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

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I write about them every year, not just because we hope you'll buy them, but because there is always something new, something I forgot to write about last year, and because I actually love eating them. What are they? Girl Scout Cookies!

This year our something new is Gluten Free cookies. Yup, you heard it, Gluten free. What surprised me is how much I like them. They are little chocolate chip cookies made with rice flour instead of wheat. They are crunchy, sweet and delicious. The hardest part is that they are part of a pilot program that limited us to buying a small amount and that's all she wrote. No more for this year. So don't be surprised if they are hard to find. I assume if we do well this year that they will be a regular next year. I have a few friends that, for health reasons eat gluten free and they like them too. The other new cookie we have is the Cranberry Crisps. I have to admit I have not tried them. So I can't give them a review. Other than those the cookie lineup is the same as always with Thin Mints being our big seller so far.

To quote Girl Scouts USA "When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she's building a lifetime of skills and confidence. She learns goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics- aspects to leadership, success and life." So buying cookies really is more than just handing the girls money or getting your favorite cookie. She gets the chance to to experience running her own little cookie business and getting out in front of people. Which can be scary for a lot of girls. The girls set goals as to what they want to do with their earnings and whether it's a trip or community service, they earn the money themselves. The older the girls get, the harder it is to motivate them, especially after they hit High School. My daughter grumbles about selling, but I saw her take a huge bag of cookies to school last week. I was amazed and very happy to see her selling!

Cookie Fun Facts (thanks to ABC Bakers)

  • Juliette Gordon Low initiated the cookie sale as a way for Girl Scouts to be self-reliant and to fund their own activities.
  • In the 1920s and 1030s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country baked their own simple sugar cookies and sold them to raise money for their activities.
  • The first national Girl Scout cookie sale was held in 1936
  • Thin Mints is the top-selling Girl Scout cookie in America
  • Each season Girl Scouts sell almost 200 million packages of Girl Scout cookies

So- please help our Girl Scouts and buy some cookies. If you really don't want the cookies and want to be supportive, you can buy a cookie share and the cookies will be delivered to our military troops. They appreciate the cookies and the girls love going to the base to deliver them. Girl Scout Cookies are a icon of American culture. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of the annual sale. So as I said last year- Eat them up - Yum!

Last years article- if you want to read it. Filling your life with yum- Girl Scout cookies are here!

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