Get ready for Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Friday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 9, when pre-orders for Samoas and Thin Mints are delivered and cookie booths pop up around the state.
“One thing that is new this year is instead of selling the eight varieties we have had in the past, we are just selling what’s called the ‘Super Six.’ The idea is so that troops aren’t stuck with poor sellers,” said Mary Ellen Hettinger, the communications manager for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. “People definitely do have their favorites.”
Thin Mints are the top-selling cookie for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (the council that encompasses troops in New Hampshire and Vermont), and Samoas are the second most popular.
The rest of the “Super Six” includes Trefoils (the original Girl Scout cookie, a shortbread), Tagalongs (crisp cookie with a layer of peanut butter and a chocolate coating), Do-si-dos (a peanut butter sandwich cookie) and the lemon-flavored Savannah Smiles, which came out when the Girl Scouts celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2012.
Although Hettinger said she doesn’t have any statistics, she’s found that the Do-si-dos are particularly popular with men and Trefoils are a favorite for dunking into a hot beverage.
Cranberry Citrus Crisps aren’t on the list this year, and neither is the gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread.
“We do try different ones sometimes and people have their favorites,” Hettinger said. “They don’t like it when they’re discontinued.”
The varieties that have stuck around are easier than ever to find, though. The Girl Scouts now have a cookie locator app for smartphones to find booth sales in the area, and a cookie hotline for customers to call a troop and place an order.
“People buy them because they’re Girl Scout cookies, and it’s a once-a-year treat,” Hettinger said. “They’re great cookies for a great cause.”
Girls earn Cookie Dough after selling 100 packages of cookies. With that extra “dough” girls can make purchases at the Girl Scout store and even pay for summer camp. The funds raised from cookie sales benefit the council and individual troops and are often used to fund programs.
“I sold 765 boxes,” said Kinana Plaza, member of troop 10753 in Manchester. “I’ve had lots of my teachers [place orders], and I’ve got friends from school ordering.”
Plaza raised enough Cookie Dough to attend a week of summer camp from her sales alone. Another troop member raised enough to visit Savannah, Ga. (the birthplace of the Girl Scouts). Last year, extra troop cookie profits were used to purchase toys for a holiday toy drive.
During a recent troop meeting, members of Troop 10753 unanimously speculated that Tagalongs are the third best seller. The girls have come up with a marketing strategy for their booth sales to arrange the bestselling boxes on the table in a structure they nicknamed “castles.”
“That’s part of the whole idea behind the Girl Scout cookie program, is that girls are learning how to manage money and learning how to be entrepreneurs,” Hettinger said.
As seen in the February 6, 2014 issue of the Hippo.