Energetic young Scouts will be selling eight varieties this year including the new Little Brownie sugar-free cookies. Sales begin today, March 9, and will take place through March 25.
Fifty-three percent of the revenue goes toward programs of the Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area. Last year the Bay Area girls sold almost 2 million boxes of cookies.
"In doing so, they learned valuable, life-long lessons about money and the value of teamwork," said Joyce Richards, head of the Bay Area group.
Another option for people who want to help out the Scouts but don't want to eat the cookies is to participate in Gift of Caring, which purchases cookies to be donated to partner organizations such as the Contra Costa Food Bank. This year the Bay Area Girl Scouts have added two new partner organizations: the Blue Star Moms, which sends cookies to troops overseas, and the American Red Cross blood banks.
Cookie varieties this year are Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Little Brownies, All Abouts, and Café Cookies. All of them contain zero trans fat in compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines.
If you don't come across a Brownie or Girl Scout selling cookies and want to buy some, call the cookie hotline at (800) 447-4475, ext. 190, to be put in contact with a troop leader.
But starting today, shoppers might want to be armed with $3.50 or more. And remember when loading your grocery basket that dessert waits outside.
--Dolores Fox Ciardelli