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Girl Scout Cookies

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A mound of boxes and cases of Girl Scout cookies. This mound contains 74 boxes of cookies
A mound of boxes and cases of Girl Scout cookies. This mound contains 74 boxes of cookies

Girl Scout Cookies are cookies sold by Girl Scouts to raise funds to support Girl Scout councils and individual troops. Commonly sold by going door to door, or through school- or town-wide fundraisers, these cookies are widely popular. The program is intended to both raise money and improve the financial literacy of girls. During an average selling season (usually January through April), more than 1 million girls sell over 200 million packages of cookies and raise over $800 million.[1][2][3] The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts was in 1917.[4][5][6] Cookie sales are organized by 112 regional Girl Scout councils[7] who select one of two national bakeries to buy cookies from.[3][8] The bakery selected determines which cookie varieties are available, when girls can begin selling cookies in their area, and cookie price.[9][10] [11] The bakery is paid about 25 to 35 percent of the profits; 45 to 65 percent is used by the regional council to cover programming costs; and 10 to 20 percent is kept by the local troop[12] whose members decide how to spend their portion of the funds.[13] A regional council receives up to 60 percent of its budget from cookie sales.[14] GSUSA states that the program is the largest girl-run and girl-led financial literacy program in the world, teaching girls skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. These skills are reinforced with Girl Scout badges, such as "Cookie CEO."[15][16] The Girl Scouts say it is the largest annual fundraiser in the world dedicated to girls.[17][18][11]

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- Hi, we're Joel and Lia. - Hi guys! - Today we decided to go and find some Girl Scout Cookies in Austin, Texas where we're staying right now. - Yep, Girl Scout Cookies are well known this time of year in Texas. We didn't realize. Well, we don't know anything about Girl Scout Cookies, let's be honest. - Yeah. - All we know is that they appear in films all the time with Girl Scouts selling cookies and we don't have that in the UK. - We genuinely thought this is just something that exists in films, so we're really excited to have actually come across some Girl Scouts and we're gonna try some of their cookies. - Definitely. So before we get cracking, we'll just insert the footage now from when we stumbled across the cookies and then we will taste test them. - [Lia] Hello, hello, what is all of this? Hello. - Would you like some Girl Scout Cookies? - [Joel] We would. - [Lia] We absolutely would. - [Joel] We've never tried them before. - They're very good. - They are delicious. - [Joel] Are they? - Yes. - [Lia] Someone has recommended, well, the peanut butter. - [Joel] I'll try the Thin Mints as well. - [Lia] Yeah, can you explain what this is all about? We don't have this in the UK. - So, we sell Girl Scout Cookies. $500 this year of what we sold will go to the Ronald McDonald House, which is a charity here, and then the rest will go to help fund fun Girl Scout activities for us. - [Lia] Okay, cool. Is this a Girl Scout like-- - Yes, this is our sash and we can earn patches for what we do. So, this is for Veteran's Day. - [Lia] Yeah. - This is for selling cookies. We did some detective work. This is for cooking. - [Lia] That is so cool. - [Joel] That's really cool. - [Lia] I love that. So basically who makes... So is this a brand, Girl Scout Cookies is a brand and you're like the ambassadors? - [Dad] They have their own manufacturing facilities. - Yeah, so it's only until the end of February. - [Dad] So, it's a non-profit group that supports young girls. - [Lia] So back in the day, would Girl Scout Cookies have been something that like the Girl Scouts would have made at home? No? - I think they've always been made by-- - Yeah, they've always been made by this particular bakery. - [Lia] Yeah, so cool. - [Joel] That's really cool 'cause we have something similar in the UK called Girl Guides, but I don't think they sell cookies. Not that I'm aware of anyway. (laughs) - [Lia] Okay, so what should we get? Like one of everything, Joel? - [Joel] Shall we? - [Lia] Shall we? And this is a very modern stand, they actually take cards. (laughs) - Here's the two everyone likes and here's Thin Mints. - [Lia] Oh, that's amazing, okay. - So now I gotta-- - [Lia] We'll try it on card. If not, we'll do cash. - That's fine. - [Mom] They just need to keep track of their inventories. - [Joel] Oh, okay. - [Mom] So how many boxes are we selling, ladies? - Eight. - [Dad] Eight, one of each. - [Joel] You've gotta be good at maths, haven't you? We're not very good at that. - [Lia] I just love the sashes. Oh, so cute. And it's obviously going to a good cause, so that's what's really nice about it. - [Dad] It's a great cause. - [Lia] Aww. - [Man In Line] The Girl Scouts have been doing this forever. - [Lia] Yeah? - So how much do they owe you? - $32. - [Lia] Okay, thank you so much! - The Caramel Delights are really good. - [Lia] Oh, so is that our box? (laughs) - Thank you. Thanks very much. We've now got a lot of Girl Scout Cookies. (laughs) So I said to them, we're going to bring them back for friends and family as well. - [Lia] Yeah. - So we're not just going to eat them ourselves. - I'm just blown away by how confident the girls were. Joel was saying if that was us and we were their age, we would have been like, "Oh my gosh." - The camera. - Oh God, what to say. - Honestly, it took us so long to get comfortable on camera, let alone when we were that age. They were so confident. - Yeah, I can't wait to try these when we get back and see what the hype is all about. That guy next to us, who you might have heard in the vlog, being like, "The Girl Scouts have been doing this for time." Yeah, that wasn't just the voice of a random, he was queuing up as well. - I spoke to him afterwards and he said that he's a big of an anglophile, and that he finds it really difficult to determine where someone's from in the UK based on their accent 'cause there are so many, and I was like, "Even we struggle sometimes." - So, we just spent loads of money on Girl Scout cookies. - And now there's another one. - There's another stand right here. - I know. - Oh my gosh, hi! - We've just bought loads of Girl Scout Cookies. - We've never tried these before in our life, so we just spent loads of money trying all of them and now we've just come across another stand. (girls laughing) Oh, no. Well, it's good to see. - [Joel] We don't have this in the UK. - [Lia] Five for 20, we missed out on that offer. - [Joel] We missed out on a good deal. - [Lia] Operation Cookie Drop. (laughs) Should of come here. Well, have a good day. - Thank you, you too. - [Lia] Bye. You're disgusting. You are literally a joke. Are you gonna say what you did or not? - Me and Lia were practicing squatting for photos and as I squatted, I did two huge farts and we're in public and we just ran. (laughs) I can't help it. - [Lia] Oh my gosh. - I'm bloated, me. - Clearly. - It was that burger. - [Lia] We'll get you back home and on the loo immediately. - Yeah, thank you. Wow, it's by magic. We're just back here again, wow. - Can I just say that we were given full permission by the girls and their parents to put them on camera so in case anyone's gonna get upset about that, that was all pre-planned. - It was all planned. And the girls were so sweet, weren't they? - So cute, honestly. - Yeah, so cute. And then we bumped into those girls down the street and more Girl Scouts. They gave us a box to carry them in 'cause we bought so many. - Yeah, we bought one of each flavor. - Yeah. - So, I think the first one I grabbed was these! - Yeah! - Okay, should we just rip them open? - Yeah, just rip it open. Go on. - And it's all for a good cause, Joel. We spent money for a good-- - I know! - Why is it always me, why, why? - You can't ever open things, can you? - Cereals, boxes. - Right, oh, oh! Big pack. - I'm so excited. The only thing that could make this more perfect would be dipping it in tea. We could make a coffee and do that, okay. - Oh, they smell like Reese's. - Oh my gosh. - Oh my gosh. - Mmm. Oh my goodness, yeah. - That's so nice, mmm. - Peanut Butter Patties, mmm! I'd give those a solid eight out of ten. - Me too, that is definitely an eight out of ten. - "Girl Scouts, taking on new challenges "builds our confidence." "When we achieve our goals, we grow even more empowered." I just grew more empowered from eating a peanut butter cookie. - Same. - That was stunning. - Thanks, girls. - Thank you, girls! - Thanks, girls. - Girls, girls! Okay, next one. Joel, pick a color. Caramel deLites. - Okay. - So, the girl on the stand really recommended these ones to me. Oh, they smell coconut-y. Three, two, one. - [Both] Mmm! - Oh my gosh, I love these! - So much going on in one biscuit. - It's like chocolate, coconut, biscuit, caramel. - And caramel. - They taste a bit like coconut macaroon things. - Mmm, Mrs Crim's. - They're good, I give them an eight and a half. They're better than the peanut butter ones. - I'd even say that might be a nine. Girls. - Girls. - You've done it again. You've outdone yourself. (laughs) Every single one gets higher and higher. - Yeah. (laughs) - Lemonades. - Lemonades. She said these are covered in icing. - Lemonades. - Mmm, what I wanna know is, most of them came in boxes, but then a few of them came in trays like this. I wonder why. - Okay. - Okay, cheers. - Cheers. - Oh, and it's like a lemon. - Mmm, mmm! - The design on them. - It's nice and light. I bet these are lower in calories. - Mm-hmm, let's not even look at calories. - Mmm, let's not. - Let's not ruin it. (laughs) - I say seven point five. - Yeah, mm-hmm. I'd say that's a good rating. Okay. - Like if someone offered you one of those at their house, you'd be like, "Yeah, nice." - Yeah, you'd be like, "Thanks for that." - Thank you. Girls, you've done it again. - Girls, well done. Right, the next one. - Yeah. - Is the one that I've saved without telling Lia what they're called because I found it hilarious. - Okay. - Okay, three, two, one. (laughs) (squeals) - Ow, ow! - Oh, no! (laughs) (groaning) - That was a hard sofa. - Oh, no, it ruined my reaction. - That's funny. - So, so far in Texas, Lia's hurt everything. (laughs) - Oh, I'm a bit concussed. (laughs) - These are called Thanks-A-Lot. And if anyone that watches our videos will know that this is a joke. - [Both] "Thanks a lot, Rachel." - Thanks a lot. - Thanks a lot. - That doesn't look like fudge. That looks like chocolate to me. - Okay, cheers. - I can't even read that. Mmm, boring. - It's an immediate no from me. That's really average. - That's the perfect name for it, though. - [Both] Thanks-A-Lot. - Thanks a lot, Rachel. - Compared to the others, they're just boring. Nice try, girls. I'll give that four and a half out of 10. - Four and a half, five, max. - Mm-hmm. - Okay, the next ones are called Thin Mints. - I feel like these are the most popular. They're the ones that everyone was like, "Get Thin Mints, get Thin Mints." And there's a special way to eat them, isn't there? - Apparently they taste amazing frozen, so we have had some in the freezer. - Yeah. - We actually tried them before the video. - Yeah. - Not gonna lie. - Well, we did it on Instagram. So if you haven't followed us on Instagram, go follow us now. We did a sneak peek saying that we're gonna try all of these cookies, but we're gonna try Thin Mints on Instagram first. So, there's a little incentive. If you're not on Instagram, make an account. - Make an account. - Make an account, please. - They smell like After Ayds. - I think they're better than the Thanks-A-Lot. - Thanks a lot. - But I don't think they're as good as the others. I think they're fine. - I think I even prefer the Lemonades to these. - Yeah, me too. - Okay, I would give that six. - Six. - [Both] Snap. - Next one, Joel. I'm gonna pick shortbread. - Go on, then. Lia loves shortbread, so this might trigger her if it's not good. - The thing is shortbread is from Scotland, isn't it? - Yeah, no one does shortbread like the Scottish. It doesn't look like shortbread, does it? - Alright. I'll give the girls the benefit of the doubt 'cause they're lovely. - Yeah. - I'm a shortbread snob. - Yeah. - They need to be covered in sugar. (laughs) - And flaky, not crispy. - Okay, they're falling apart. - Oh, they are falling apart. Mmm, I wouldn't say that's shortbread. - No, that is... Do you know those biscuits in the UK that have just got the cow on them? - Mmm, milk biscuits. - They're just milk biscuits. - What are they called? Milk of Maid? What are they called? Malted Milks! - Yeah, Malted Milk. - Malted Milk. Yeah, so if you're American and you have these, and you're like, "This is shortbread." That's not shortbread. Try actual, genuine Scottish shortbread and you'll be blown away. - We did one in our giveaway. - Yeah. - We gave away loads of shortbread in this really fun video. - So, girls, I would give that... (laughs) - It's gonna be on the same level as... - Real four and a half. - Four. - Well done. - So far, the winner's gotta be those caramel things. - Yeah, they're amazing. I'm gonna have another one. - What would you like next? - Let's go for the S'mores. - Okay, S'mores. - I'm really excited to try these 'cause I love S'mores! - Oh my gosh, okay. - Oh my gosh. Gotta sniff it. - Okay, cheers. - Cheers. Three, two, one. At first, it tastes like a normal chocolate biscuit. Then the aftertaste, you taste the marshmallow-y... - Icing-y. - Icing-y taste, which I like. - It's like eating cake. - Mmm, I'd give that a seven. - I think it's a six for me. - Mm-hmm, well done, girls. That's a nice one. - Well done, girls. - By the way, for those of you that don't know, we would say girls. But if you're saying it in an Essex accent, you'd say gur-ls. - Gur-ls. - Gur-ls. So we just say gur-ls 'cause we always use an Essex accent. - Love that. The last one. - I think these are gonna be your favorite. - Really? - They look like Nutter Butters, which you love. - If they taste anything like Nutter Butter, holy moly. - What's it called? Peanut Butter... - Sandwich. - Ooh, ooh, this is the last one. - Okay. Right. Yeah, they look like Nutter Butters. We're in for a treat. - Oh my gosh! - I'm still a bit concussed. Nothing a cookie can't fix, eh? - Yeah, we called all of these biscuits. - Biscuits. - They're not cookies. - They're biscuits. - Three, two, one. - Oh my gosh. - Nutter Butters are nicer. - Nutter Butter, yeah. These are good, though. Imagine you hadn't just had all of those buscuits. - Yeah, it's nice. - It's 'cause it's like the last one. You've eaten loads. - I don't think I can classify that because it's so different to the Lemonade biscuit and the chocolate biscuit that it's kind of in a league of its own. - Yeah, it's 'cause it's got butter in the middle. - Yeah, it's literal peanut butter. It's not even sweet peanut butter. It's like sweet, savory, sweet. - Mm-hmm, and it's like soft if you squish it. - But I'd give that a six and half. - Seven point five for me. - Girl Scout cookies, amazing. - Wow, we've tried Girl Scout cookies, now we get it. - We get it. - I found today that Girl Scout is a brand of cookies and then they dish them out to all the Girl Scouts, and then the money they raise goes towards a good cause. - "Selling Girl Scout cookies helps girls "develop five skills that they use throughout their lives." "Goal setting, decision making, "money management, people skills and business ethics." - I'm happy for our money to go towards that, Joel. - Oh, definitely. Apparently as well that this only happens a limited time of year. I don't know, let us know down in the comments how many times a year Girl Scout cookies are available. - Yeah. - But apparently that's why people go crazy for it because they're not available all year round. - And then when they come out, they're like, "Girl Scout cookies!" Just dealing with a concussion still, so I'm just gonna get a big glass of water, I think. (laughs) - I can't take you anywhere. - We cannot. Me going on holidays, it's just always something. - Mm-hmm, oh my gosh, these deLites are amazing. They're an absolute delight. - Imagine dipping that in a coffee. - Mm-hmm. - Stunning. - Stunning. - Just two legends. Would you like a glass of Prosecco now, Joel? - Yes, I would actually. - I would love a glass. - Yes. And for any Girl Scouts watching, you'll know about Prosecco when you're older. (laughs) But thanks, once again, to the girls that we met who sold us these cookies. This is amazing. You've taught us a lot about your culture. - We haven't taught you anything about ours. - No, we haven't, other than... - That we call them biscuits, not cookies. - We call them biscuits. Yeah, that's true, we've taught them that. - Yeah, but that's it. - A cookie to us would be round and soft and break. - Yeah. - It wouldn't snap. - Yeah. - But yeah. - So, there you go. - There you go. - If you like this video... If you're liking this video... (laughs) If you liked this video, don't forget to subscribe to our channel. - Yeah. - We post videos thrice weekly. - Thrice weekly. Also, give the video a like and share it with a friend. It's a way that our channel can keep growing and reaching more people. Yeah, and thanks for watching. - That's it, guys. Thank you so much. - [Both] See you soon, bye. - Hashtag, keep Austin win. - Keep Austin win. One more deLite, just one more. Please, one more. - No, you're not allowed. Put it back. - No, please! - Put it back. (laughs) Fine, you can have it.



The 5 skills the “cookie program” develops that girls will use throughout their lives:
  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Money Management
  • People Skills
  • Business Ethics
Girl Scout Brownies fresh cookies
Four Girl Scout Brownies sample the cookies they have been baking
Girl Scout cookie box of Girl Scout Shortbread cookies, baked by Weston Biscuit Company

The first known cookie sales by an individual Girl Scout unit were by the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in December 1917 at their local high school.[19] In 1922, the Girl Scout magazine The American Girl suggested cookie sales as a fundraiser and provided a simple sugar cookie recipe from a regional director for the Girl Scouts of Chicago.[20] In 1933, Girl Scouts in Philadelphia organized the first commercial sale, selling homemade cookies at the windows of the Philadelphia Gas and Electric Company (PGE). From 1933 to 1935, organized cookie sales rose, with troops in Philadelphia and New York City using the cookie-selling model to develop the marketing and sales skills of their local troops.[21] In 1936, Girl Scouts of the USA began licensing commercial bakers to produce cookies, in order to increase availability and reduce lead time, starting with Keebler-Weyl Bakery.[22] Southern Biscuit Company and Burry Biscuit,[23][24] both later acquired by the Interbake Foods division of George Weston Limited, were added in 1937. One hundred twenty five troops launched cookie sales that first year.[25]

During World War II the Girl Scouts sold calendars[26] in addition to cookies, because of shortages of flour, sugar, and butter. In 1943 there were 48 cookies per box. By 1943 Girl Scouts also collected fat in cans to aid the war effort and sold war bonds at no profit.[27][28][29][30][31] In the 1950s, three more cookie recipes were added: "Shortbreads"/"Scot-Teas", "Savannahs" (today called "Peanut Butter Sandwich"), and "Thin Mints". Six types of cookies were being sold nationwide by 1956. Greater cookie sales occurred due to the Baby Boomer generation entering Girl Scouts in the 1960s. "Samoas" were added in the 1970s. In 1978, the National Council reduced the number of bakeries providing cookies to four and standardized the packaging and pricing of the cookies.[22][25]

In the 1990s, the National Council limited the bakeries providing cookies to just ABC Bakers (a division of Interbake Foods) and Little Brownie Bakers (a division of the Keebler Company).[22] In 1998, cookie sale awards were instituted.[25] The Girl Scouts moved to eliminate trans fat from its cookies in 2005, and started providing nutritional information on the cookie box. In 2009 the number of Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, and Tagalongs in each box was reduced and Lemon Chalet Cremes became smaller because of the increasing costs of ingredients and transportation.[32] In January 2015, Girl Scouts began to offer customers the ability to purchase cookies using an online portal though a mobile app called "Digital Cookie". The app can only be used by Girl Scouts themselves with parent supervision, and Girl Scouts are able to share an individual link to their online cookie business to friends and family only. [33][34]


1963 Girl Scouts and cookies
Two Girl Scout Brownies present a box of cookies to a woman in 1963
A girl selling Girl Scout cookies in 2013

Each Girl Scout regional council decides which licensed baking company to use for cookie sales in that council, thus determining which varieties are available in the area covered by the council.[11][35]

Girl Scouts sell cookies to relatives, friends, neighbors, and others in their town or city. Some councils offer the option for customers to sponsor boxes of cookies sent to U.S. servicemen and women.[36] The Girl Scout organization asks that members adhere to strict safety guidelines, including the cookie sale. For example, Girl Scouts, depending on their age, must be accompanied or supervised by an adult when selling Girl Scout Cookies and must always use the buddy system.[37] As of 2015, Girl Scouts can also sell cookies online through the Digital Cookie mobile app.[25] Each Girl Scout council decides which licensed baking company to use for cookie sales in that council, thus determining which varieties are available in the area covered by the council.[11][35] Each of the Girl Scout councils sets its own price based on its needs and knowledge of the local market.[38]

As an incentive to sell, Girl Scouts are offered recognitions and rewards, such as stuffed animals, trinkets, coupons, or credits toward Girl Scout camp, activities, or uniforms. These recognitions and rewards vary from Girl Scout council to council. The rewards are usually cumulative, so that a girl who earns the reward for selling 50 boxes of cookies will also get the 25- and 20-box items. In some councils, girls may choose to earn more money for their troop instead of recognitions if they are working toward a troop goal such as a trip or other expensive activity. This type of fundraising is intended to teach Girl Scouts valuable entrepreneurial skills such as planning, teamwork, financial literacy, organization, communication, and goal setting.[11]

Also, award badges exist for sales, including Talk It Up, Cookie CEO, P&L, and Customer Loyalty.[39]

Traditionally each regional Girl Scout council set the prices for cookies sold in that council. A 2006 article in The Boston Globe noted that price "is hardly ever a factor, until buyers find out that the same box of cookies is selling for less in the next town over." The Globe found that a box of Thin Mints sold for $3.50 in Rockland, Massachusetts, and $4.00 in neighboring Norwell.[40]

Elizabeth Brinton, also known as the "Cookie Queen", sold a record 18,000 boxes of cookies in a single sales season, and more than 100,000 boxes in her time as a girl scout.[41] She is known for selling cookies to sitting president Ronald Reagan. Her record held for more than twenty-nine years, until Katie Francis, 12, sold 18,107 boxes in 2014.[42] In 2017, Charlotte McCourt, a girl scout from New Jersey, sold over 25,000 boxes of cookies, breaking the record.[43]


Each Girl Scout council operates its own cookie sale. Approximately 70% of the proceeds stay in the local Girl Scout council to support Girl Scouting in that area, including a portion, approximately 15%, that goes directly to the group selling the cookies.[25][12] The profits are divided by a formula, with local troops receiving about 10-15% of the retail price, the council more than 50%, and the manufacturer the remainder. In 1992 Girl Scouts sold 175 million boxes of cookies nationwide.[44]

Rev:Denues at all levels are used to pay for events and activities for the Girl Scouts, maintenance of the councils' Girl Scout camps and other properties, cookie sale incentives, and Council administrative costs.[45]


Girl Scout cookies are made by large national commercial bakeries under license from Girl Scouts of the USA. The bakers licensed by the organization may change from year to year, though this is not common. In 2008 the licensed companies were Little Brownie Bakers (LBB), a subsidiary of Keebler, which is owned by Kellogg's; and ABC Bakers, a subsidiary of Interbake Foods, which is owned by George Weston Limited.[45][46][47]


Up to 28 varieties of Girl Scout cookies are offered. The same cookies may be sold under different names by different bakeries, with the choice of bakery determining the name. There has been no move to standardize names.[48][49] The merger of many councils (from 312 to 109) following the August 2006 reorganization resulted in many councils changing bakeries, thus causing some confusion at that time.[10]

Thin Mints are the most popular Girl Scout Cookies, with Samoas/Caramel deLites the second most popular.[50] About 50 million boxes of Thin Mints were sold in 2013 compared with 38 million boxes of Samoas. Thin Mints averages about 38 cookies per box and Samoas 15 cookies per box.

Girl Scout cookie varieties include:

ABC Bakers (Interbake)[51] Little Brownie Bakers (Keebler)[52] Sales[12] Flavor
Thin Mints Thin Mints 25% Thin, mint-flavored chocolate wafers dipped in a chocolatey coating.[53]
Caramel deLites Samoas 19% Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolatey stripes.[49]
Peanut Butter Sandwich Do-si-dos 16% Peanut butter filling sandwiched between crunchy oatmeal cookies.
Peanut Butter Patties Tagalongs 13% Crispy vanilla cookies layered with Peter Pan peanut butter and covered with a chocolatey coating.
Lemonades 9% Shortbread cookie with lemon icing.
Shortbread Trefoils 7% A traditional shortbread cookie made in the shape of the Girl Scout trefoil.
Thanks-A-Lot 6% Shortbread cookies dipped in fudge with a thank you message.
Savannah Smiles Lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.[54]
Girl Scout S'mores Graham cookie double dipped in crème icing and finished with a chocolatey coating.[55]
Girl Scout S'mores Graham sandwich cookies with chocolate and marshmallow filling.[56]
Toffee-tastic Gluten-free butter cookies with toffee bits. (Pilot, not offered everywhere.)[57]
Caramel Chocolate Chip Gluten-free caramel chocolate chip cookies.[2]

Thin Mints
Sixteen Thin Mints spread out on a green plate.
Alternative namesGrasshoppers (by Keebler)
CourseSnack or dessert
Place of originUnited States
Serving temperatureRoom temperature or frozen
Main ingredientsChocolate, mint

Operation Thin Mint is a program led by Girl Scouts from the San Diego Council, to provide military members with donated cookies.[58] The operation sends over 200,000 boxes of cookies annually to servicemembers stationed in the Middle East.[59] Since the program began in 2002,[60] those Girl Scouts have shipped over 3 million boxes of cookies.[61]

Keebler manufactures a similar cookie known as a Grasshopper, which is produced in the same factory as Little Brownie Bakers's Thin Mints.[62]

A comparison between Thin Mints made by Little Brownie Bakers (left) and ABC Bakers (right)
A comparison between Thin Mints made by Little Brownie Bakers (left) and ABC Bakers (right)

Discontinued (48 Total)

  • All Abouts: The LBB version of Thanks-A-Lot. Shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate with a message proclaiming values that Girl Scouts are "all about", such as Respect, Friendship, etc.
  • Aloha Chips: Included white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.[63]
  • Animal Treasures: Replaced by Thanks-A-Lot.[63]
  • Apple Cinnamons: Apple shaped sugar cookies with cinnamon sugar.[63]
  • Cafe Cookies: Shortbread with a cinnamon topping.[63]
  • Cartwheels: Reduced fat oatmeal and cinnamon.[63]
  • Chalet Creme: Shortbread cookie with embossed chalet picture with lemon or vanilla filling.[63]
  • Chocolate Chip Shortbread (ABC): Chocolate chips nestled in a bite-size, gluten free shortbread cookie.
  • Cinna-Spins (LBB): Cinnamon-flavored cookies shaped like miniature cinnamon rolls that came in 100-calorie packs. Replaced by Daisy Go Rounds.[63]
  • Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Bar:[64][65]
  • Cranberry Citrus Crisps (ABC): Whole grain cookie with cranberry bits and citrus flavoring.
  • Daisy Go Rounds (ABC): Cinnamon-flavored cookies shaped like daisies; replaced Cinna-spins for the 2009 sale; replaced with Shout Outs! in 2011.
  • Double Dutch: Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips.
  • Dulce Daisies: Milk chocolate with liquid caramel center.
  • Dulce de Leche: Cookies with milk caramel chips.
  • Five World Cinnamon: Savory cinnamon sugar cookies featuring Girl Scouting's Five Worlds of Interest. Sold from 1996 to 2001.[66][64]
  • Forget-Me-Nots: Granola cookie.
  • Friendship Circles: "friend" embossed on vanilla cookie sandwich with chocolate filling, in 18 languages[64]
  • Golden Yangles: Triangular cheddar crackers; sold in the 1980s.
  • Hoedowns (Burry): Burry-LU's version of peanut butter patties/Tagalongs.[64]
  • Iced Berry Pinatas: Sugar cookies with a berry jam center and icing.
  • Iced Ginger Daisies: Reduced fat cookie[64]
  • Juliettes/Golden Nut Clusters: Milk chocolate, caramel, and pecans.
  • Kookaburras: Layers of crispy rice wafers and caramel coated in milk chocolate.
  • Lemon Chalet Cremes: Rectangular cinnamon sandwich cookies with lemon creme filling; changed to round cookies in 2010; replaced by Savannah Smiles in 2012.
  • Lemon Coolers: Vanilla wafers with lemon zest, dusted with powdered sugar; similar to Savannah Smiles.
  • Lemon Drops: Sugar cookie with lemon-flavored chips.
  • Lemon Pastry Cremes: Light pastry cookie sandwich with lemon creme filling.
  • Mango Cremes with NutriFusion: Vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored creme with nutrients derived from fruits; replaced by Cranberry Citrus Crisps in 2013.
  • Medallions: Introduced for 1983-1984 and celebrating 50 years of Girl Scout Cookies, 2 flavors: shortbread with cocoa coating on the bottom "Colonial Shortbread Supremes", pecan shortbread with brown sugar coating ("Southern Pecan Praline").[67][68]
  • Olé Olés: Powdered sugar cookies with pecans and coconut; sold from 2001 to 2003.
  • Oxfords: Chocolate cookies with vanilla cream filling.
  • Pinatas: Oatmeal cookie with fruit filling and topped with cinnamon and sugar glaze; introduced in 2004.
  • Praline Royale: Soft vanilla cookie with a praline filling and striped with chocolate; introduced by ABC for the 1992-93 season.[69]
  • Rah-Rah Raisins (LBB): Oatmeal cookies with raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks.
  • Savannahs: A peanut butter sandwich cookie (not to be confused with "Savannah Smiles", a lemon-flavored, powdered sugar coated replacement for "Lemon Chalets" brought out in 2012).
  • Scot-Teas (Burry): Shortbread cookies with sprinkled sugar.
  • Shout Outs!: Belgian-style caramelized cookie.
  • Snaps: Iced oatmeal raisin. Sold from 1993 to 1997.[70]
  • Strawberries & Creme: Sandwich cookie from ABC with a vanilla creme and a strawberry jam; available in mid-1990s.[71]
  • Striped Chocolate Chips: Chocolate chip cookies with fudge stripes.
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips: Small sugar- free cookies; discontinued in 2011.
  • Sugar Free Chalet Cremes: Lemon pastry cream sweetened with aspartame.
  • Sugar-Free Little Brownies: Brownie-shaped cookies with sugar-free chocolate chips.
  • Thank You Berry Munch: Cookies with cranberries, rice crispies, and white fudge chips.
  • Trios: Gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips.[72]
  • Upside Down Frosted Oatmeal: Oatmeal cookies with frosting on the bottom.[73]
  • Van'chos: Vanilla and chocolate cremes. These cookies came in an assorted box and were sold from 1974 to 1983.[74][70]


Federal guidelines issued in early 2005 called for people to minimize their consumption of trans fat. Concerned parents urged the Girl Scouts to address this and other health concerns about the cookies, suggesting that the cookie program was at odds with the Girl Scouts' healthy living initiative. The Girl Scout organization replied that the cookies were a treat which "shouldn't be a big part of somebody's diet", and said that they are "encouraging" the companies that bake the cookies to find alternative oils.[75]

In 2007, following reformulation of the recipes for a number of varieties, Girl Scouts of the USA announced that all their cookies had less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, allowing them to meet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for "zero trans fat" labeling.[76]

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is used in some cookies. The bakers say that it is a necessary ingredient in ensuring the quality of the cookie.[12]

Palm oil

In September 2011, GSUSA released a new policy on palm oil in Girl Scout cookies to take effect from the 2012-13 cookie season.[77] Amongst the pledges made, GSUSA announced it would purchase GreenPalm certificates to support the sustainable production of palm oil. The certificates offer a premium price to palm oil producers who are operating within the guidelines for social and environmental responsibility set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

The 2011 policy was formed in response to a prolonged campaign by two Girl Scouts, Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen. In 2007, as 11-year-olds, Vorva and Tomtishen earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness of the endangered orangutan and their rapidly diminishing rainforest habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia. When they discovered that the Girl Scout Cookies contained palm oil, an ingredient that results in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses, the two girls launched a variety of campaigns in order to convince GSUSA to remove this ingredient from their cookies. Vorva and Tomtishen were awarded the UN Forest Heroes Award in 2011.[78]

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