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With Thin Mints Leading Way, Annual Girl Scout Cookie Blitz Ready to Launch

Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 02:54 PM

By Dale Eisinger

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According to a Girl Scouts press release, five of the top-10-selling cookie varieties in the U.S., including No. 1, now are Girl Scout Cookies.

"So, how many boxes of Girl Scout Cookies can I sign you up for?"

Starting Saturday and until Feb. 3, you can count on co-workers, friends, relatives, and young girls knocking on your door to ask the same question. It’s that time of year when Americans stock up on Thin Mints, get to try something new like Mango Crèmes, and perhaps say goodbye to old favorites.

To add some excitement to this year's fundraising, the Girl Scouts Association is introducing the Mango Crème, a vanilla-lime cookie with a mango cream center. The cookie also responds to health concerns as it boasts something called NutriFusion, an additive that packs the cookie with nutrients derived from fruit.

There are now 11 flavors of Girl Scout Cookies being offered. The organization has discontinued 27 flavors in the past. During the 2011 campaign, the old favorite Samoa cookie was renamed Caramel deLite in some regions of the country after some GSA councils changed bakeries for their cookies.

In 2012, the sales of Thin Mints — the organization’s most popular by far, accounting for 25 percent of sales — overtook Oreos as the most popular cookie in the nation.

The world record for the most Girl Scout Cookies sold goes to now-19-year-old scout Jennifer Sharpe of Dearborn, Mich. In 2008, she sold 17,328 boxes of cookies with only the help of her mother. This amounted to about $14,000 dollars for her troop. The troop used the haul to finance a trip to Europe.

The Girl Scouts organization uses funds from the cookies to finance everything from volunteer training to community service projects. . A portion of the proceeds go directly to the troop selling the cookies, derived by a formula — usually it’s about 10 or 15 percent.

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