The fulfillment of America's annual craving for Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies is about to be filled. Thin Mints lead the way in cookie sales for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. The familiar mint patties even outsell Oreos, according to the scouts.
Girl Scouts says five of the top 10 cookies sold in the United States are Girl Scout Cookies. In addition to Thin Mints the top sellers also include Caramel deLites (also known as Samoas), Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches and Shortbreads (also known as Trefoils).
Scouts from Bierbaum Elementary and Mehlville High School are just two of the local troops bringing neighbors their annual stock of cookies.
The Scouts from Brownie Troop 223 at Bierbaum Elementary plan on using their proceeds for community service projects, camping gear for the entire troop, thier first camping trip as well as for the uniform, insignia, The Junior's Girl Guide, and Journey Books for their next year as Juniors, said troop co-leader Jane Williams-Matoushek.
The Seniors from Senior Troop 1357 at Mehlville High School plan on using their proceeds for community service projects, the requirements for the Gold Award and for going on a trip, said Williams-Matoushek.
"I just want to say how proud I am of each and every girl in the troop," said Williams-Matoushek, who has two daughters in the Girl Scouts. "The Brownies are very excited about this being their very first business that they own and can make decisions on. We have heard many great ideals from them, and we will be encourage them to continue on!"
Both troops are also working to donate more than 2,000 boxes of cookies to the USO by asking customers to purchase an extra box to be shipped overseas.
"Both Troops have goals this year which are very high, and we need every bit of help we can get to meet it," said Williams-Matoushek. So far, the troops have only found three customers willing to donate a box of the cookies to their chosen charity, the USO.
This year, the scouts are offering a new cookie - the Mango Creme. The tropical treats are vanilla and coconut sandwich cookies with a mango-flavored crème filling. In addition to Mango Crèmes and the other familiar favorites, the scouts are offering Lemonade and Thanks-A-Lot varieties.
Girls Scouts typically sell the annual treats door-to-door taking initial orders and sales have already begun. But there are many other opportunities to purchase a box of Girl Scout favorites. Cookie will be delivered beginning Feb. 27. However, for those who didn't order cookies, or who didn't order enough, local cookie booths will be set up in a variety of locations, so there will be many opportunities for you to buy cookies this year.
Cookie cravers also may call the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri at 314-592-2300 to find another nearby local Girl Scout Cookie booth. You can also visit the website and find cookies here.
If phones and websites are too low-tech for you, cookie cravers can also buy their cookies from phone applications, including a Cookie Finder App for Android and a Cookie Finder App for Apple products.
The Girl Scout cookie program is the largest girl-led enterprise in the country, engaging girls with five skills they will use throughout their lives, including:
- Goal setting
- Decision making
- Money management
- People skills
- Business ethics
Many successful women leaders have said their first entrepreneurial experience came from selling Girl Scout Cookies, according to the GSEM.
All cookies are sold at $3.50 per package. Proceeds from the program stay within the community to benefit local girls. Troops use the money for everything from field trips to community service projects. With the funds, GSEM also can deliver programs for girls, provide training for adult volunteers and maintain three local Girl Scout camps.
Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for more than 80 years.
The Troop Leader of #223 is Brie Miller, and the Troop Leader of Troop #1357 is Jayne Schaefer.