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Girl Scout Cookies of the GSUSA

Updated on January 30, 2012

Fund Raising Great Tasting Cookies


Since this year marks the Girl Scouts 100th year, GSUSA members are using this to remind everyone that they are more than just young girls wearing vest who gather around the fire in the campgrounds singing Make New Friends or Little Bunny Foo Foo.

They are calling the year two thousand and twelve the 'Year of the Girl' in an effort of raising awareness of issues that have to do with being girls.

More than ever, girls need a haven for becoming more confident, gaining skills of leadership and knowing who they are as people.

Sold by the GSUSA which is the Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scout Cookies use this as a main fund raiser for local units of Scouts. GSUSA members have sold cookies since the year nineteen seventeen in order for funds to be raised.

Participating girl scouts are able to earn one prize or another for the effort they put in. Also, they also get incentive unites if the entire unit does a good job.

As of the year two thousand and seven, there were estimated sales of approximately two hundred million boxes each year.

The 1st sales of cookies by on Scout unit were by Oklahoma's Muskogee Mistletoe Troop in the month of December, nineteen seventeen.

Five years later, the magazine of the Girl Scouts called The American Girl made a suggestion regarding sales of cookies as a way to raise funds and recipes were also provided.

Eleven years later, the Philadelphia Girl Scouts organized the 1st sale which was official, selling cookies that were homemade at the window of companies of local utilities.

The first recipe for Girl Scout cookies was a sugar cookie. In the year nineteen thirty six, the GSUSA began licensing bakers who were commercial to create the official GS cookies.

In WWII, calendars were sold aside form cookies due to the fact that there was a shortage of butter, sugar and flour. Later, there were forty-eight cookies in 1 box with either chocolate or vanilla flavors. Customers could buy a limit of 2 boxes in some years of the war.

Girl Scout cookies that were best sellers include the Trefoils which were shortbread, the Do-si-dos which were Peanut Butter Sandwiches and the Tagalongs, which were peanut butter patties.

Also in the group of best sellers are the Caramel deLites called the Samoas and Thin Mints, which account for a quarter of total sales.

The newest member of the cookie selection is called Savannah Smiles, which go great with tea and are shaped like half-moons to look like they are smiling.


In some cookies, HFCS or high fructose corn syrup is utilized, which, the baker indicates, is a needed ingredient to ensure high cookie quality.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

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      Jenny Cos 5 years ago from Davao

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Interesting history on the girl scout cookies! I enjoyed reading one of your first hubs! Welcome to hubpages:)