Saturday, February 16, 2008

Girl Scout Cookies

In the comments for one of my earlier posts, Grandy called me a "Girl Scout" and made a comment about cookies. This got me lamenting on the difficulties I've had acquiring said "Girl Scout cookies" over the past 10 years as each progressive set of Girl Scout aged children I knew grew up, left the Girl Scouts, and left me with NO SUPPLIER FOR MY GIRL SCOUT COOKIE FIX!!!

BUT.... Guess what?! I found out where I can get Girl Scout cookies near me without having to know any Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts are not supposed to sell cookies over the Internet (although some do), but you can still use the internet to find your local chapter and order cookies directly through them! Need your fix? Go here: enter your zip code, and click "find cookies." The page will then prompt you for your email address. Once you submit that, a coordinator for your area will contact you! (FYI, the "cookie finder" page didn't work in my Mac Safari browser, but it worked ok in others. Give it time to load.)

HOWEVER, I didn't need to use the cookie locater because, in my searches, I came across the website for the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York and I found out that:

  1. If you live in the five boroughs of NYC you can submit an order form and have your cookies mailed to you. (They cannot mail them outside of NYC because they can only sell in their local area.)
  2. I took a shot at calling their offices and found out that I can go DIRECTLY to the offices and BUY them right there! Live! In person! No shipping!


  3. I can get them from that office through May/June!!!
Through MAY or JUNE! That means I don't have to buy gazillions of boxes all at once (because kids only sell theses once a year)! I can PACE MYSELF!


You have no idea how excited this has made me! You want to know who knows how excited I am? The woman who answered the phone at NYC's Girl Scout headquarters! She knows!
Some Girl Scout Cookie Trivia
  • The two companies that currently manufacture Girl Scout cookies are Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers.
  • You can't buy Girl Scout cookies directly from the bakers. They are only sold through the Girl Scouts.
  • Ever notice how sometimes the cookies stay the same but their names change? That has to do with which baker supplies your local Girl Scout troop with their cookies.
  • Some Girl Scout chapters have a program where people can buy cookies to be sent to USA service personnel overseas. (NYC's chapter does this, for anyone who's interested.)
What Are Your Favorite Girl Scout Cookies?

I was going to tell you mine, but you go first! Choose your favorites from the poll in my sidebar. You can select more than one. (-Need a refresher on the different types of cookies? See
here and here.)

I'm SO happy!!! :) :) :) :) :)



Vanessa said...

Thanks for this info! I keep waiting for the kids to come door to door, but figured the neighborhood was just sparse in the kid department. Yay for cookies!

momof3gr8kids said...

Ooooh! I had almost forgotten that I ordered some from a friend's daughter a few weeks ago. Now my mouth is watering, and I can't wait until they arrive. Have you seen the ice cream (Breyer's I think) that has samoas or thin mints in it?

storyteller said...

Ah … I’m happy for you, but I must admit that these cookies were the bane of my existence as a teacher because all my students thought I should buy from them (which, of course, I did) … creating a glut of cookies in my classroom and home. Even leaving many boxes in the Teacher’s Lounge left me with more of these tasty tempting treats than any one Weight Watcher like myself should have to deal with.

Breathing a sigh of relief here) Now that I’m happily retired I don’t have to deal with so much temptation, however they’re always outside the market when I shop for groceries. At least they don’t know what a sucker I am.
Hugs and blessings,

sid said...

From South Africa. Don't quite get it ... Why do you have to get Girl Scout cookies? Does the money go to charity?

Melissa said...

Vanessa: You're welcome! I'm still SO happy about this! Lol!

Momof3gr8kids: I don't know if I've tried those. I've tried other cookies (maybe in ice cream?) that were supposedly similar but they didn't measure up to me. They were too sweet for my taste. -Of course now I'm going to have to look for those ice creams just to be SURE! :)

Storyteller: I wish I'd known you back then. I'd have taken them off your hands! Lol!

Sid: Good question. See today's post :)

Grandy said...

Oh Melisssa!!! I am scared because I think between me and hubby we have about 10 boxes coming. Do the local girls know who the suckers are in this town or what? I can tell you Hubby's fave is Thin Mints and Mine are the Peanut Butter Patties (fka Tagalongs). Love me some peanut butter!!

MP said...


Rebecca said...

Tagalongs and DoSiDos. If it's got peanut butter in it, I'm THERE. DoSiDos are superior to NutterButters. I could eat an entire box in one sitting, I'm afraid. They live in the freezer (both varieties) when in our house. It improves the texture and keeps them out of sight and mind so I DON'T eat them in one sitting.

My husband likes Thin Mints and Samoas. He's half Filipino, so if there's coconut in something, he's a big fan.

Their shortbread is very disappointing. Less satisfying than Lorna Doone (NOT my favorite; that's my low-end consideration), and I wouldn't even use it for cheesecake crusts. But there's some sort of lemon-something that's low-fat/low-sugar? I remember being gently surprised by its subtle flavor and very satisfied. It was one cookie that was just right. I really could eat 2 of them with a cup of tea, and be happy (i.e. not crave more, though look forward to having more at another time; there's a big difference), and not regard it as a bad thing. It's the you-don't-have-to-binge-&-gorge-on-me-to-enjoy-me-cookie. At least in my book.

Melissa said...

Now I'm getting hungry reading all these comments and I'm not going to get there to buy my boxes for at least another 2 weeks! Aaaagggghhhh!!!

And Rebecca: I can't imagine a cookie I like that I could stop eating after two and feel satisfied. It sounds like a MAGIC cookie! :D