Girl Scout Cookies season has arrived and hundreds of girls are eager to begin selling their treats this week. Despite the popularity of classic Thin Mints and Samoas, a new cookie, Savannah Smiles, has joined the ranks in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Scouts.
Savannah Smiles are described as bite-size, lemon-wedged cookies dusted with powdered sugar and bursting with zesty lemon flavor. The organization hopes this newest addition to the classic Girls Scouts' tradition will be a big hit this winter. The new cookies are named for the town of Savannah, Ga., where founder Juliette Gordon Low started the Girl Scouts back in 1912.
As hungry fans wait for their doorbells to ring, many have sought other means to find where they can buy Savannah Smiles and their other favorite winter treats.
The much-loved Girl Scout Cookies are not sold online as sales of the cookies continue to be a competition between the girls as part of the leadership experience program. The cookies can only be purchased from a Scout or from a Girl Scouts booth. The organization urges that any cookies found for sale online should not be purchased under any circumstances as they do not support the girls in the program.
To find where Girl Scout Cookies are being sold near you, visit www.GirlScoutCookies.org to use the zip code locator. You can also call your local Girl Scout council to find a cookie booth or Girl Scout group near you. Find their number at www.girlscouts.org/councilfinder/.
Tech savvy cookie cravers can also use the new free mobile app to search cookie sales in their neighborhood. Download the Cookie Finder app for the iPhone to find Girls Scout Cookies near you. Cookie fans can also download the Locator app by calling **GSCOOKIES (**472665437) from their phones.
Customers who want to support the Girl Scouts, but are not interested in purchasing cookies, can also buy boxes of cookies as a donation. The boxes are then used in community projects, known as gifts of caring, and may be given in food collections.
Approximately 70% of the proceeds of Girl Scout Cookies are given to the local Girl Scouts council, including the group directly selling the cookies. The remaining balance pays the two commercial bakers, ABC Bakers and Littler Brownie Bakers, for the cookies.
By participating in the Girl Scout Cookies sales, girls can earn awards, such as the cookie and financial literary badges or the annual Cookie Activity Pin. Girls can also win awards based on their sales activity, such as program credits or recognition items.
Cookie sales have started this week and will continue until March 18. Give a call to your local Girl Scouts council and buy some of your favorite cookies soon.
From Thin Mint to Savannah Smiles, what is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie?
Thin Mint -- The most popular flavor over time, the Thin Mint is the most enduring and universally familiar Girl Scout cookie, according to the organization. The cookies are round and mint-flavored with a distinctive crunch and a dark chocolate coating.
Samoas or Caramel deLites -- Doughnut-shaped cookies with a hole in the center, they are covered in caramel and toasted coconut, and striped with chocolate. Samoas are made by Little Brownie Bakers. The ABC bakery version is called Caramel deLites and they come in a purple box.
Do-si-dos or Peanut Butter Sandwich -- This sandwich cookie has a crisp and crunchy oatmeal outside with creamy peanut butter filling. Do-si-dos are made by Little Brownie Bakers. The ABC version is called Peanut Butter Sandwiches.
Tapalongs or Peanut Butter Pattties -- These are round cookies with a layer of peanut butter on top, and covered in chocolate. They came in a red box. Little Brownie Bakers calls them Tagalongs, while ABC Bakers calls them Peanut Butter Patties.
Thank U Berry Much -- New in 2010, real premium cranberries provide a delightful tartness in these hearty cookies sweetened with creamy, white fudge chips. These cookies come in a cranberry colored box and are made by Little Brownie Bakers.
Lemonades -- Introduced in 2006, these shortbread cookies are stamped in the shape of a sliced lemon with a tangy lemon icing. They are made by ABC Bakers and come in a yellow box.
Dulce de Leche -- Inspired by the classic confections of Latin America, these sweet, bite-sized cookies are rich with milk caramel chips. They come in a turquoise box and are made by Little Brownie Bakers.
Savannah Smiles -- The new Girl Scout cookie made to celebrate the anniversary of Girl Scouts. The lemon-wedge cookies are dusted in powdered sugar with zesty lemon flavor.
Thanks-A-Lot -- A shortbread cookie with a layer of fudge on the bottom and the words 'Thank You' in English, French, Chinese, Swahili or Spanish embossed on the top. Thanks-A-Lot are made by ABC Bakers and come in a turquoise box.
Trefoils or Shortbread -- These shortbread cookies are shaped like the Girl Scout Trefoil design. They come in a blue box. Little Brownie Bakers calls them Trefoils. ABC Bakery calls them Shortbread.
Shout Outs -- Light and crisp, these Belgian-style caramelized cookies are a sensibly sweet treat, the organization says. They are made by ABC Bakery and come in a pink box.