The Girl Scouts is launching a new cookie called Savannah Smiles this year, in honor of the organization's 100-year anniversary and just in time to kick off Girl Scout cookie season 2012.
Savannah Smiles cookies, meant to remind customers of a Brownie Scout's smile, are named for the town of Savannah, Ga., where founder Juliette Gordon Low started the Girl Scouts back in 1912.
Described as bite-size, lemon-wedged cookies dusted with powdered sugar and bursting with zesty lemon flavor, the Girl Scouts of the USA hope this newest cookie flavor, joining ten other classic flavors, will be a big hit this winter.
But how can customers find Savannah Smiles, or the Girl Scout's other delicious cookie flavors? Girl Scout cookie season varies from region to region, and unless families have an in with the local Girl Scout troup, it's likely their chance to buy up on Do-si-dos and Tagalongs will pass them by in 2012.
Luckily, the Girl Scouts are here to help cookie lovers out. Girl Scouts still won't allow online sales of its cookies (it is, after all, a competition among the girls for who can garner the most sales), but the organization does have a Girl Scout cookie web site to help families locate troops selling cookies in their area. Many local councils even offer Cookie Booths to buy up the treats en masse.
Girl Scout councils only conduct one cookie sale per year, and although most take place between January and April, some cookie sales were reported as early as September 2011.
To get your chance at Thin Mints and Samoas (voted IBTimes readers' favorite cookies), or the new Savannah Smiles, check out the Girl Scout web site at www.GirlScoutCookies.org or call your local Girl Scout Council by getting the number at www.girlscouts.org/councilfinder.
To refresh your memory (and your tastebuds), here's a rundown of the Girl Scout cookie flavors created so far. Remember: not all cookies are available in all areas, so be sure to use the Find Cookies Today! section on the organization's web site to track your favorite flavors down.
- Samoas (Caramel deLites): doughnut-shaped, covered in caramel and toasted coconut
- Thin Mints: mint-flavored, covered with dark chocolate
- Do-si-dos (Peanut Butter Sandwich): sandwich cookie, crunch oatmeal and creamy peanut butter filling
- Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties): round, covered in chocolate
- Thank U Berry Munch: real premium cranberries, with creamy, white fudge chips
- Lemonades: shortbread cookie, with tangy lemon icing
- Dulce de Leche: sweet, rich in milk caramel chips
- Thanks-A-Lot: shortbread cookie, layer of fudge on bottom
- Trefoils (Shortbread): shortbread cookie, with Girl Scout Trefoil design
- Shout Outs!: light and crisp, caramelized
- Savannah Smiles: bite-size lemon cookie with powdered sugar