It’s that time of year that everyone looks forward to: Girl Scout cookie sales.
All of your favorites are back including Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Peanut Butter Sandwiches/Do-si-dos, Lemonades, S’mores and Thanks-A-Lot. But there is also a brand-new cookie that was just added this year called Caramel Chocolate Chip.
The Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie is gluten-free and is free of allergens.
You can now purchase cookies from a specific Girl Scout if you know them personally. If not, starting on Saturday, booths will be set up in front of the local grocery stores, CVS and all of Girl Scout’s community partners.
Each box of cookies is $4 except for the new cookie, the Caramel Chocolate Chip, which is $5 per box.
“All of those funds stay within our council,” said Hannah Bruno, the public relations executive of Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “The money goes directly back to helping the girls who are in Stephenville and the rest of our areas in Central Texas, so that’s really nice that the money isn’t going off to some national organization that you never get to see the benefits of.”
This year, Girl Scouts of Central Texas is trying to emphasize who each individual Girl Scout is.
“You know Girl Scout cookies, but do you know the Girl Scouts who sell them?” Bruno said. “People just know Thin Mints but they don’t actually know all of the incredible things the girls get to do because they sell cookies for two months out of the year. We also have girls using their money to fund global service projects.”
Right here in Stephenville, Victoria Saucedo is currently working on her Gold Award project, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. She is creating an ESL curriculum for children in impoverished nations.
“She’s just one of the many girls who is using her cookie money to change the world. We also have girls who use their cookie money to travel. They use their cookie money to build robots and code robots and explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) so really it’s so much more than cookies,” she said.
Also, for people who may not want to eat the cookies but who still want to support the Girl Scouts, you can buy cookies and donate them to Operation Cookie. Girl Scouts of all ages write letters and assemble Girl Scout cookie care packages for soldiers and veterans through Operation Cookie Donations.
You can purchase Girl Scout Cookies with cash, check or credit card.
“There’s no longer an excuse not to buy because we do accept credit cards now,” Bruno added.
Cookies will be available for purchase until Feb. 24.
For help locating a booth, visit gsctx.org.