There’s more to these sweet treats than meets the eye (and tastebuds). Think you know it all? Here are nine facts about Girl Scout Cookies to test your knowledge.
1. Girl Scout Cookies Are Over 100 Years Old
The first cookie sales were in 1917 by the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Those sugar cookies were sold in a high school cafeteria. The funds were used to pay for uniforms and troop activities. Girl Scout troops still sell cookies to fundraise for activities and supplies.
2. You Can Still Make the Original
It’s true! You can bake the sugar cookie that girls used to make by the hundreds. Girl Scouts of America has shared the recipe for nostalgia’s sake. We can’t guarantee it’ll beat a Thin Mint, but at least you’ll understand how Girl Scouts had to bake these for years before bakeries got involved. (The recipe link is posted at the bottom of this article.)
But did you know there are different cookie recipes and names…?
3. There Are Two Bakeries (and Different Cookie Names)
The recipes are not the same. The cookie names aren’t, either.
Every Girl Scout council decides whether they will use ABC Bakers or Little Brownie Bakers. That’s why your local Girl Scout is selling Samoas but the cookie your bestie bought who lives an hour away is the Caramel deLites. Your Samoa has dark chocolate stripes but your friend’s has milk chocolate.
Which one is better? We suggest having a “cookie off” and decide for yourself.
Oh, and don’t worry, there are vegan options available. (…WHAT????)
4. Vegan Girl Scout Cookies? Seriously?
Yes! But see above, as not all cookies are created the same. For instance, the Peanut Butter Patties are vegan, but the Tagalongs are not. Thin Mints are ALWAYS vegan. The other vegan Girl Scout cookies are the Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, and S’mores (but not the sandwich-style S’more).
Questions? Ask your friendly Girl Scout, she’s sure to point you in the right direction.
Wondering why you can’t get every flavor every year?
5. Only Three Flavors Are Guaranteed
Everyone has their favorite — but don’t get attached. Only three flavors of Girl Scouts Cookies are guaranteed to return each year: ThinMints, Do-Si-Do’s/Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and Trefoils/Shortbreads will never be cut.
That means the number two biggest seller, Samoas/Caramel deLites have to be approved annually before ether goes on sale.
Did you know there was a time when cookies weren’t sold?
6. Wait! Where Are the Cookies?
During World War II, baking supplies were limited. Girl Scouts sold calendars for fundraising instead of cookies. It is the only time since cookie sales began that production was interrupted.
7. Thin Mints Reign Supreme
Thin Mints were added to the Girl Scout cookie lineup in 1939. Today, they account for one-quarter of all cookie sales. At the height of the cookie season, the two bakers are making 4.5 million Thin Mints every day. Annually, Thin Mints make more in sales than Oreos.
In fact, during Girl Scout the cookie season, Girl Scouts is the number one cookie company in the U.S.
8. Who Runs the World?
Girl Scout Cookies is the number one girl-run business in the world. Aside from profit, the financial literacy skills that cookies sales promote — such as goal setting, budgeting, advertising, profit and loss, and customer service — develops thousands of entrepreneurs learning business skills. Think of that come January when cookie season kicks off.
9. How to Prepare for Cookie Season
There’s an App for that! The Official Girl Scout Cookie Finder App is your ticket to cookies. The free app has a complete listing of when and where you can find booths selling Girl Scout Cookies in every US zip code and Puerto Rico.
Given the current state of the world, cookie season might be a little harder to navigate. However, you can purchase cookies from many troops online and they will be shipped to you. Girl Scouts also uses the Gift Of Caring program that allows customers to support the Girls Scouts and organizations like food banks, local charities, and the US military by donating cookies.
Rounding out our facts about Girl Scout cookies, here is the original Girl Scouts of America sugar cookie recipe.