Okay. I admit Girl Scout cookies don’t evoke an image of a hunky cowboy or anything much western, except, well, cowboys love to eat the cookies, too, don’t they?
As a grandmother and aunt of Brownies and Girl Scouts throughout the years, I’ve done my share of supporting their cookie sales, and I look forward to them every spring. This year, with two granddaughters selling, my haul was twice as big as a normal year. And at $5 a box, I don’t eat them as fast as I’d like. I stored most of the boxes in my freezer to ration out as I wanted them, and when we opened up our cabin at the lake, I brought several boxes to keep out there, too. In fact, I just had a couple of Thin Mints at lunch yesterday.
Nom, nom, nom.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (can you believe it’s been that long?) five years after the Girls Scouts were organized in 1917, one of the directors printed a sugar cookie recipe in the group’s magazine, and councils across the country used the cookies as a fundraiser. The girls baked them with their mothers, packaged them in wax paper bags sealed with a sticker, and sold them door-to-door. The idea grew in popularity, until 1934, the first batch of Girl Scout cookies were made by a commercial baker.
Once World War 2 hit, shortages of butter, flour, and sugar forced the girls to sell calendars instead, but by war’s end, the cookie sales resumed big time. By 1948, 125 licensed bakers were baking up the treats. In 1951, there were three main varieties – Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mints (now known as Thin Mints).
As the decades rolled by, the cookies flourished in scope. Packaging became more uniform. More varieties were developed–some tossed aside, some kept. Eventually, those 125 bakers were whittled down to just two today, Little Brownie Baker and ABC Baker. Though the pair used the same recipes, they named the cookies differently. Even the infamous and most popular Thin Mints began as Cooky-Mints, which changed to Chocolate Mint, then to Thin Mint, then to Cookie Mint to Chocolate Mint to Thin Mints to Thin Mint and finally, back to the plural Thin Mints. 🙂
Depending on where your cookies are sold, here are the differences in names.
I had no idea. Never heard of a Trefoil. Or a Samoa. They were always Caramel DeLites and Shortbreads to us.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie? Were you ever a Girl Scout? Do you have good (or bad) memories of selling cookies – or anything – door-to-door?