National Girl Scout Cookie Day

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Hey there, cookie enthusiasts! Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth because National Girl Scout Cookie Day has arrived!

When is Girl Scout Cookie Day?

It's national girl scout cookie day on the 12th March.

The Delicious Origins of National Girl Scout Cookie Day

If you have ever craved a tasty treat and wanted to support an amazing cause at the same time, then you are probably familiar with Girl Scout cookies. These delectable goodies have become iconic and hold a special place in our hearts (and bellies)!

On this special day, we celebrate the Girl Scouts of America and their annual tradition of selling cookies. It all began in 1917 when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them as a way to raise funds for their activities. This creative idea quickly spread throughout the country, and by the 1920s, Girl Scout councils all over were whipping up delicious cookies to sell to their communities.

Over the years, the Girl Scout cookie flavors have evolved and expanded, offering a wide range of scrumptious options to satisfy every cookie lover out there. From the classic Thin Mints to the delightful Tagalongs, each cookie has a distinct taste that brings joy to millions of snack enthusiasts around the nation.

How to Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day

Whether you're a long-time fan or new to the Girl Scout cookie craze, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this delightful day:

  1. Support Your Local Troop: Grab a few boxes of your favorite Girl Scout cookies and help support the next generation of female leaders. Plus, indulging in these mouthwatering treats is a win-win situation!
  2. Get Creative in the Kitchen: If you're feeling adventurous, why not try incorporating Girl Scout cookies into your own dessert recipes? From cookie milkshakes to cookie-inspired cheesecakes, the possibilities are endless.
  3. Share the Love: Spread the joy of Girl Scout cookies by giving them as gifts to friends, family, and loved ones. It's a surefire way to put a smile on someone's face.
  4. Host a Cookie Swap Party: Gather your friends and swap your favorite flavors of Girl Scout cookies. It's a fantastic way to bond over shared love for these delectable treats.

The Impact of Girl Scout Cookies

Not only are Girl Scout cookies incredibly delicious, but they also have a meaningful impact on the lives of young girls and their communities. The funds raised through cookie sales help support troop activities, educational programs, outdoor adventures, and community service projects.

In addition to learning important entrepreneurial skills, Girl Scouts develop confidence, leadership abilities, and a sense of camaraderie. So, when you grab a box (or two, or three) of those delightful cookies, you're not just indulging in a tasty snack – you're empowering and uplifting girls all across the country.

History behind the term 'Girl Scout Cookie'


The Birth of Girl Scouts

In 1917, the Girl Scouts organization was established in the United States. The aim of this youth organization was to empower girls and help them develop important life skills. As part of their mission, the Girl Scouts started selling homemade cookies to raise funds for their activities.


First Commercial Sale of Girl Scout Cookies

In 1933, the Girl Scouts made history by introducing commercially baked cookies for sale. Initially, the cookies were made by local Girl Scout troops and sold door-to-door. The flavors available were simple and included sugar cookies, shortbread, and chocolate-flavored cookies.


Licensing of Girl Scout Cookies

In 1935, the Girl Scouts adopted an innovative approach to ensure the quality and standardization of their cookies. They licensed the first commercial bakery to produce Girl Scout cookies nationally. This step allowed them to expand their cookie sales beyond the local level.


Introduction of New Flavors

In 1951, the Girl Scouts introduced a new flavor to their cookie lineup—vanilla-based sandwich cookies called 'Van'cha'. These cookies quickly became a favorite among its customers, enhancing the Girl Scout cookie brand's popularity.


Introduction of the Iconic Thin Mints

In 1978, the most iconic Girl Scout cookie was born—the Thin Mints. These delicious chocolate-covered mint cookies gained immense popularity and became the top-selling Girl Scout cookie. Thin Mints have since become synonymous with Girl Scout cookie sales.


Introduction of Online Sales

In 1994, the Girl Scouts embraced the digital age by launching online cookie sales. This allowed customers to conveniently order their favorite cookies online and have them delivered to their doorstep. Online sales significantly boosted the reach and accessibility of Girl Scout cookies.


Introduction of Gluten-Free Options

In 2015, the Girl Scouts responded to the growing demand for gluten-free products by introducing a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie called 'Toffee-tastic'. This inclusion expanded the range of options and made Girl Scout cookies accessible to individuals with dietary restrictions.

Did you know?

Did you know that the first-ever Girl Scout cookies were originally sold for just 25 cents per dozen? Talk about a sweet deal!


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12th March 2015

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12th March 2021

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