Girl Scout Cookie sales begin in most areas this weekend

All across the USA, Girl Scout troops will gather in the coming weekend to rally for the upcoming yearly Girl Scout Cookie sale.

In some states, the Cookies go on sale Saturday. But every state and every council inside of each state has the final say on when their sale begins and when cookies will be available for order and sale to the public.

Girl Scout Cookies is the largest all girl fundraising event in the nation, pulling in $750 million each year, according to Girls Scouts USA.

With every purchase, Girls Scouts says approximately 70% of the proceeds stays in the local Girl Scout council to provide a portion of the resources needed to support Girl Scouting in that area. That money also goes directly to the group selling the cookies. The balance goes directly to the baker to pay for the cookies.

The organization is celebrating its 100th year (November 2011). The cookies aren’t available online but Girl Scouts USA is looking into it. There is an iPhone app available from the Girls Scout USA site to find where Girl Scout cookies are sold.

Or you can log on to the Girl Scouts website and insert your zip code to find time, dates and locations where the girls will sell cookies at stands throughout the area. Go here to insert your zip code and see if there is a cookie stand coming to your area. http://www.girlscoutcookies.org/

Cookie sales vary in different areas—meaning not all cookies are available in all cities—it depends on the council in each area.

For now though, there are few major changes. The Lemon Crème cookies have been changed and that’s annoying to those who won’t get the batch from last year. But for the most art, the cookies are pretty much the same:

Samoas or Caramel deLites are doughnut shaped, covered in caramel, toasted coconut and striped with chocolate.

Do-si-dos or Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies are oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling.

Tagalongs or Peanut Butter Patties are chocolate cookie with a layer of peanut butter in the middle.

Thank U Berry Much premiered in 2010. The cookie adds cranberries to a cookie with creamy white fudge chips.

Lemonades are shortbread cookies with lemon icing.

Dulce de Leche are bite size cookies with milk caramel chips.

Savannah Smiles are the 100th anniversary celebratory cookie. Bite sized, lemon-wedge cookies dusted in powdered sugar with a lemon zest.

Thanks-A-Lot are short bread cookies with a layer of fudge and the words Thank You embossed in English, Chinese, Swahili, or Spanish.

Trefoils are the shortbread cookies with the Girl Scouts emblem on the cookie.

Shout Outs are Belgian style caramelized cookies.

Thin Mints are the most familiar and popular Girl Scout cookie. Round, mint flavored cookie covered in dark chocolate.