The Girl Scouts are ready to begin Girl Scout Cookie sale 2012, launching a new flavor in honor of the organization's anniversay.
Girl Scout cookie date more than 80 years back, and have been a vital part of the organization. This year the Girl Scouts are launching the new Savannah Smiles flavor, to join 10 others on the annual sale roster.
The bite-size Savannah Smiles cookies come with a dusting of confectioner's sugar and the taste of a lemony twist. The Girl Scouts describe the new cookie like this: Celebrate the anniversary of the Girl Scouts with these bite-sized, lemon-wedge cookies dusted in powdered sugar and bursting with lemon flavor. Enjoy these delightful treats, remember where Girl Scouts began...and smile.
The name of the new cookie -- Savannah Smiles -- was inspired by the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low.
Girl Scout Cookies had their earliest beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of our girl members, with mothers volunteering as technical advisers, according to the organization. The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began as early as 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouting in the United States. The earliest mention of a cookie sale found to date was that of the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, which baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project in December 1917.
While you haven't been able to try the Savannah Smiles cookie yet, you have likely had many of the other 10 flavors sold annually by the Girl Scouts. What's your favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?
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.