It’s not just about the cookies

My granddaughter, Isabelle, is selling Girl Scout cookies for the first time.

Just a few of the 11 kinds of Girl Scout Cookies for sale this year-Unfortunately, some cookies may not be available in all areas. (Photo Illustration by Cynthia Petersen)

Just a few of the 11 kinds of Girl Scout Cookies for sale this year-Unfortunately, some cookies may not be available in all areas. (Photo Illustration by Cynthia Petersen)

Isabelle is a Daisy, which is a much younger version of a Girl Scout, and though they might be a little young to fully understand the skills they are learning, they still get to sell the cookies.

Selling the cookies teach the scouts skills that will help them throughout their entire lives. People skills, money management, and business ethics are just a few of the skills they can learn through the program.

One little girl from New York found out the hard way why the Girl Scouts don’t sell their cookie online. She set up a website and sold 700 boxes before girl Scout officials caught wind of what she was doing. the officials stated that selling cookies online gave the little girl an unfair advantage over other Girl Scouts and didn’t teach scouts the skills that the program promotes.

Some parents have questioned the safety of going door-to-door, as the scouts have done since the annual cookie program began, almost 100 years ago. Officials state they have always maintained that scouts need a parent with them or go as a group when selling cookies door-to-door.

Though the girls are encouraged to sell their cookies themselves, parents still jump in to help (as they always have), selling them at their workplace, and to friends and family members.

There have been a variety of cookies throughout the years. Some have gone away, but a few have remained popular; Carmel DeLites, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties are just a few that remain popular.

The new cookie this year is Mango Cremes, enriched with Nurtifusion, has raised concerns with some critics. The company that bakes the Girl Scout cookies, ABC Smart Cookies, says this about the new cookie:

“A Tasty Treat with Major Vitamins!”

“We all want to eat with health in mind. Now, you can in a delicious new way with our Mango Cremes with NutriFusion™ Girl Scout Cookies.

Close your eyes, take a bite, and feel like you’re on a tropical island. Mango Cremes combine a crispy cookie with the taste of mango. No trans fats, hydrogenated oils, or preservatives—just pure island delight!

These tangy, refreshing tropical treats are packed with great taste AND vitamins! Crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies feature a mango-flavored creme filling with all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries!”

One critic said they made it sound like a fruit salad while another accused the organization of false advertising by misleading  the public into thinking that the cookies are healthy. However, officials defend their cookies, stating that was not their intention and had ABC Bakers develop a cookie that promote a healthier lifestyle. If you eat cookies, why not eat one with much-needed vitamins? (by the way, according to the baking company, there are no chemicals in the product; it is 100 percent natural, made up of dehydrated and powdered fruits and vegetables.)

I still wish they would bring back one cookie that was introduced when my girls were scouts in the ’90s. Though I can’t remember the name, I recall that it was a thin maple-flavored cookie, just a little on the crunchy side.

Oh, well; I guess I’ll just have to settle for the Carmel DeLites.

A complete list of cookies the Girl Scouts sell can be found online.

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