Cookies are priced at $4 per box. In addition to the new S'mores, cookie varieties offered this year include favorites Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Caramel deLites, Lemonades and Thanks-A-Lot. The sale continues through March 15.
The S'mores cookies are about half the size of a business card, said Tony Belton, the Northern Indiana-Michiana Girl Scout council's member communications manager. A crispy, graham cookie is double dipped in marshmallow creme icing and then coated in chocolate.
"They're really good," said Belton, who has tried them. He said they really taste like a s'more, that campfire treat of a graham cracker square topped with a marshmallow melted over the flames and a slab of chocolate candy bar.
"You get that sort of nostalgic feeling from it," he said. "It's not as gooey and messy, so that's good."
The idea to sell cookies as a fundraiser dates to more than 100 years ago, when a couple of Girl Scout troops in Georgia began baking and selling cookies to raise money to do fun activities, Belton said. The national Girl Scouts organization, which had been founded in Savannah, Ga., in 1912, adopted cookie sales as a fundraiser nationally a few years later.
All of the money from cookies sold by Girl Scouts in the Northern Indiana-Michiana service area stays here in the local council, Belton said. Some money goes to the troops to help pay for their travel and activities. The rest of the money goes to the council to pay for maintaining its properties, providing training and other expenses.
Not as many Girl Scouts sell cookies door-to-door in the past, in part because of safety concerns, Belton said. So here are the four best ways to buy cookies:
* If you know a Girl Scout, contact her.
* Stop by a troop's cookie booth sale at an area business or organization. Locations are posted each Friday on the local Girl Scout council's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GSNIM, or go to the "Find Cookies!" search window on the council's website, http://www.gsnim.org, to find out times and locations of cookie booth sales near you. On the website, you also can learn more about downloading the Cookie Finder mobile app for your smartphone.
* Email email@example.com and a Girl Scout will contact you.
* Visit http://www.gsnim.org and “Order a Troop” to sell cookies at your business.
Belton said the new Order a Troop option grew out of ideas on how to keep the cookie sale fresh and to help people who say they want to buy cookies but never have Girl Scouts sell them in their area. The service also will give girls exposure to various career fields and businesses as they visit and go through the building selling cookies, he said.
Businesses can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an Order a Troop cookie sale visit, Belton said. If it's not a business he is familiar with, he makes a visit to ensure the location will be safe for a troop to visit. Interested troops then are selected on a lottery basis to visit businesses that have requested a cookie sale visit, he said.
Order a Troop visits normally will have to take place in late afternoon or on weekends because the girls are in school during the day, Belton said.
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WHAT: Girl Scout cookies will be sold Friday through March 15 in the local Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana council area, which includes 22 counties in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Cost is $4 per box.
INFORMATION: Go to http://www.gsnim.org for details and to use the "Find Cookies!" cookie booth locator search window.