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Give Me “Samoa” Those Girl Scout Cookies

Katie Beech, Managing Co-Editor

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Everyone loves when they start seeing Girl Scout Cookie booths in front of stores or students and teachers selling them at school. It means that it is finally time to get your hands on Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, and other mouth-watering flavors. Everyone eats the cookies not knowing why they are such a popular delicacy or how they came about. The history might surprise you.

As early as 1917, the sale of cookies began to finance troop activities. The Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma would bake cookies and sell them in their high school cafeteria as a service project. By the mid 1930s, Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia Council would bake cookies and sell them in the city’s gas and electric company windows. The price for six boxes then was only $1.24!

In 1951, Girl Scout Cookies came in three varieties: Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mint. Girls at tables in shopping malls began selling them. In the early 1990s, two licensed bakers supplied local Girl Scout councils with cookies for girls to sell. In the 2010s, the first gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie was introduced. The Digital Cookie platform, a fun, safe and interactive space for girls to sell cookies, was also introduced.

Today, selling Girl Scout Cookies are the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world. The sales rake in more than $700 million nationwide. They are a favorite of most people and they never fail to introduce new, tasty flavors.

 

Evans, Shannon. “Here’s What Girl Scouts Are *Really* Making Off Of All Those Cookie Sales.” Romper, Romper, 25 Apr. 2018, www.romper.com

“Girl Scouts – Building Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character.” Girl Scouts of the USA, www.girlscouts.org/.

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