Sponsored by Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
It’s spring, and you know what that means – time for Girl Scout cookies! If you don’t have a friend, family member, or coworker who has a daughter in Girl Scouts, no worries. You no longer need to have an “in” to get your hands on Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, and all the other delectable cookie flavors.
Use the Cookie Finder to See Where Cookies are Sold
Have you ever come across a Girl Scout community booth at a local store and thought, “I didn’t know these were sold here?” Girl Scout cookies are sold for a limited time each spring throughout the Albany area and Capital Region at various grocery stores, convenience stores, and much more.
You can find out where by going to their website and entering your zip code in the Cookie Finder. The Cookie Finder brings up a huge list of where you can find the cookies, from Stewart’s to Dunkin Donuts to Sam’s Club and beyond.
Pro tip: You can search by date (as in, the dates they’re being sold at that particular location) or by distance.
When the Cookie Finder pulls in the locations and dates near you just click “View Details” by the location you’re interested in. The address and times the Girl Scouts will be there with their cookies will pop up.
You can also download the Cookie Finder app for your iOS or Android phone, so if you’re out and about running errands it will be super simple to track down where the cookies are.
More Than Just Delicious Cookies
Obviously, everyone scrambles to get Girl Scout cookies each season because of their varied types and satisfying flavors. But, there is so much more to these cookies than just flour and sugar!
When Girl Scouts sell these cookies, they’re given an exclusive opportunity to learn critical life skills, like leadership, managing money, and how to deal with people. Many Girl Scout alumnae say selling cookies was a first step towards building a successful career later in life.
All of the funds accumulated from Girl Scout cookie sales go towards the Girl Scouts – and this money stays local. Cookie sales fund the many programs Girl Scouts engage in, including community service projects that improve our neighborhoods.
In other words, when you buy Girl Scout cookies, you’re not only supporting girls and young women, but you’re putting money directly back into the local community.
A Rich History of Strong Young Women & Cookies
Girl Scouts have been selling cookies since 1917! That means girls have been empowering themselves and making a difference through something as simple and classic as cookie sales for over 100 years.
In the beginning, Girl Scouts would bake cookies themselves with their mothers and with help from the community. The cookies were sold door to door for just 25 cents to 35 cents a dozen as the girls developed their business and marketing skills.
The Girl Scout organization started licensing the first commercial bakers to produce the cookies in 1936. Girl Scout cookie sales really went up after World War II, and 29 bakers were utilized to keep up with the cookie demand.
In the early 1950s, Girl Scout cookies only came in three varieties: Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mints (now called Thin Mints). Shortly thereafter, flavors expanded to include a vanilla-based filled cookie, a chocolate-based filled one, a shortbread, and a chocolate mint. By the 1970s, peanut butter-flavored cookies and more flavors were added to the roster.
The Girl Scout cookie program has continued to evolve and grow with the times. New cookie box designs were integrated in the 2000s, a gluten-free cookie was added in the 2010s, and the organization began utilizing online marketing and apps.
Today’s Girl Scout Cookies
Today, the cookies are baked by two commercial bakers exclusively licensed by the Girl Scouts, ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers. The current flavors are: Thin Mints, Girl Scout S’mores, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Savanah Smiles, and Toffee-tastic.
Thin mints continue to be one of the most popular flavors. They’re crisp wafers covered in a chocolate coating and are made with the natural oil of peppermint. Tagalongs also feature a crisp chocolate-covered wafer, but include peanut butter.
Girl Scout S’mores are of course graham cracker cookies with a creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling. Trefoils are shortbread cookies, Do-si-dos oatmeal, Savannah Smiles exude a zesty lemon flavor, and the Toffee-tastic cookies offer a rich, buttery feel.
Regardless of your personal taste, there is undoubtedly a Girl Scout cookie that fits your flavor palate. With so many stores hosting scouts selling the treats, and the funds going towards such a great cause, you have no excuse to get out there and stock up on these delectable cookies!