What you don’t know about Girl Scout cookies

The Girl Scout cookies you know and love. Maybe. Photo by Addie Broyles.

The Girl Scout cookies you know and love. Maybe. Photo by Addie Broyles.

Girl Scout cookie sales start this week, but you already knew that.

These beloved cookies have taken on next-level status in the past decade — at least from the vantage point of this former Girl Scout who wishes she could have joined the Boy Scouts so she could go camping instead of make sit-upons.

Not that I’m bitter about it or anything.

In all honesty, I’ve tried to get over my own myopic view of Girl Scouts and, by extension, their cookies. I eat them now and then when someone opens a box at the office and will buy a box or two out of generosity to the young entrepreneurs, but I’m still not 100 percent sold that selling cookies is the best way to teach empowerment to young people, no matter the gender.

I was grateful this week to read Melanie Haupt’s piece in the Austin Chronicle that sorts out of these questions from the perspective of a feminist mom with a young daughter getting ready to make her first cookie sales. At the end of the article, Haupt starts to touch on other issues of class, race and public health, and to be honest, I’d like to read a whole lot more about what the Girl Scouts does make it easier or more accessible for all young people to participate. (I was delighted to read earlier this week that Girl Scouts organization does allow transgender girls to participate, but then disappointed to find out that they don’t support sex education, despite being an organization for adolescent girls and teens. *Insert perplexed emoji*)

Anyway, I’m getting off topic here. We’re supposed to be talking about cookies, right?

Cookie sales start this week and continue through Feb. 26, and this year, the Central Texas organization added online sales that benefit the local troops and allow them to expand marketing efforts and track some sales online.

The Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles and Rah-Rah Raisins cost $4, and the gluten-free Toffee-Tastic cost $5. The shipping fee is pretty steep, but you can choose to have your favorite Scout deliver your cookies and skip the shipping charge. Find a booth near you by going to gsctx.org.

If you’ve ever been curious about why Thin Mints in California taste different than the ones in Texas, check out this surprisingly comprehensive story in the LA Times about the history of the cookies and the two (very different) bakeries. They also did a taste test of all the different varieties sold in the U.S.

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