Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It’s Girl Scout cookie time!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

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It’s time to find your favorite Girl Scout, Brownie or Daisy and place your order for Girl Scout cookies. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts — Juliette Gordon Low formed the group in Savannah, Ga., In March 1912 — a new cookie has been added. Savannah Smiles are lemon wedge cookies (in the shape of a smile) coated in powdered sugar.

We sampled the new cookie during an informal tasting in the Gambit office this morning. It’s a good cookie, but most hands then went for the Thin Mints. The third cookie in the photo is the Thank U Berry Munch (with cranberry pieces), which is crispy, but not attracting much attention in this office.

The Girl Scouts also are selling Samoas (chocolate, caramel and coconut), Tagalongs (chocolate-covered peanut butter patties), Do-Si-Dos (peanut butter sandwich cookie), Trefoils (shortbreadd) and Dulce de Leche (caramel flavored).

Boxes sell for $3.50 each (there’s no discount for pre-orders), and the cookies will be delivered in early March. Girl Scouts also will sell cookies at booths around the metro area March 2-18 (time to start making room in the freezer).

Read about the mobile app below the jump.

If you get an irresistible craving for Thin Mints and the two boxes you ordered (“I’m going to be good this year.”) are gone a day after delivery, find a cookie booth near you by clicking here, but the app won’t be active until March 2. There’s also a cookie locater mobile app available at the iTunes store or by calling **472665437 (**GSCOOKIES) on a mobile phone.

Annual cookie sales are the main source of funding for individual troops of Girl Scouts (fourth-12th grades), Brownies (second-third grades) and Daisies (ages 5-6, kindergarten-first grade). It also helps the Girl Scouts Louisiana East (GSLE) council pay expenses involved in overseeing troops, maintaining property, training troop leaders and volunteers and supporting initiatives.

As part of its centennial celebration, GSLE is hosting the fundraiser Rhapsody in Green: A Night of Glitz and Glamour from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 23 at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans (2 Poydras St., 561-0500). For tickets call Cerise McClendon at (504) 355-5875 or email cmcclendon@gsle.org.

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