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Girl Scouts of America releasing new cookie, celebrate milestone

By Daybreak Staff 3:57 PM January 5, 2017

It’s hard to believe that America has been buying Girl Scout Cookies for the past century.

It started as one mother’s idea to raise money to fund troop activities and became a national phenomenon and a financial literacy program for young girls, according to the Girl Scouts Cookie history web page. The first branded cookie was the Trefoil that started to sell in 1938. Since then, numerous flavors have been released, including the ever-popular Thin Mints and Samoas.

This year, the Girl Scouts are adding two varieties of S’mores cookies to the library of confections.

Girl Scout cookie season has become its largest fundraiser, helping girls learn marketing, budgeting and sales. According to the CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska, Sue Perles, 80 percent of the women-owned businesses were part of a troop.

Starting Jan. 6, people can begin preordering their cookies from local Scouts and may begin to see order sheets showing up at workplaces or at home. Moving the bake sale into the modern era, this year a Digital Cookie platform is available where people can order the sweets online beginning Jan. 11.

Local troops will have the new S’mores cookies, but will have a limited supply. An unlimited amount will be available through Digital Cookie.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Alaska, its programs or more about the cookies, head to the organization’s website.

People can expect to see cookie orders delivered by the end of February this year.

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