The 98th Girl Scout Cookie weekend wraps up today, kicking off the annual selling of the cookies by most troops nationwide.

These cookies have become a staple of Scouting and of popular culture since their establishment in 1917. The cookies have been sold door-to-door, at booths and even online as a component of the Girl Scout ethos, emphasizing responsibility, financial literacy and self-reliance.


While the cookies have had a large cultural impact, not much is popularly known about their production. The Times has broken down several interesting facts about these sweet treats.

12: Number of Girl Scout cookie varieties — Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Peanut Butter Sandwiches/Do-si-dos, Shortbreads/Trefoils, Thanks-A-Lot, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles, Rah-Rah Raisins, Trios, Toffee-tastic


2: Girl Scout Cookies are produced at two central bakeries — ABC Bakers in Richmond, Virginia, and Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, Kentucky. Each Girl Scout council individually chooses their bakery, and each bakery has its own unique line of cookies.

9: Maximum number of cookie varieties you can purchase at a single location. Cookie varieties are divided nationwide by the bakeries that produce them. Councils which have partnered with ABC Bakers can sell Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, Thanks-A-Lots, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades and Trios. Councils which have partnered with Little Brownie Bakers sell Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, Rah-Rah Raisins and Toffee-tastic.

1: Only one Girl Scout cookie variety — Thin Mints — is available nationwide.

4: Number of cookies with similar recipes, but different names between the two bakeries. Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Peanut Butter Sandwiches/Do-si-dos, Shortbreads/Trefoils.

98: Number of years Girl Scouts have sold cookies as a fundraising opportunity. The first cookie sale occurred in 1917, five years after the establishment of the Girl Scouts. The Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma are the first recorded troop to bake and sell cookies.

25 cents: Cost of a dozen Girl Scout cookies in 1922.

$4: Cost of a box of Girl Scout cookies today. A box of Thin Mints contains approximately 28 cookies.

1936: The year of the first national Girl Scout cookie sale.

200 million: Number of Girl Scout cookie boxes sold annually.

1.5 million: Number of Girl Scouts participating in the annual cookie sale, around 65 percent of registered scouts.

3: Number of new Girl Scout Cookies available this year. They are Toffee-tastic, a buttery cookie with toffee pieces; Trios, containing peanut butter, chocolate chips and whole grain oats; and Rah-Rah Raisin, an oatmeal raisin cookie with whole grain oats, raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks.

25 percent: Percentage of Thin Mints sold compared to the rest of the Girl Scout Cookie line-up. The second-most popular cookie is Samoa/Caramel deLites which make up 19 percent of the cookie market, followed by Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs at 13 percent, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos at 11 and Shortbread/Trefoils at 9 percent.


1978: The year the Girl Scouts established a unified brand and packaging for their cookies across the nation. The next year, the new Girl Scout logo, designed by Saul Bass, illustrator and credit designer for "Psycho" and "North by Northwest" began appearing on boxes.

113: Number of Girl Scout Councils nationwide. Each Girl Scout Council manages a number of troops within its geographic location.

4: Number of vegan Girl Scout cookies — Thin Mints, Thanks-a-lot, Lemonades and Peanut Butter Patties.

11,200: Number of boxes sold by "Cookie Queen" Elizabeth Brinton in 1985, raising more than $25,000.

1942: Due to shortages associated with the start of World War II, Girl Scouts began to sell calendars in lieu of cookies until the end of the war.

4: Number of grams of fat in a four-cookie serving of Cranberry Citrus Crisps, the lowest of any Girl Scout cookie. Tagalongs come in as the most fattening cookie, with 9 grams of fat per four cookie serving. Oddly, Thin Mints coming from the Little Brownie Bakery have 8 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugar, while Thin Mints coming from ABC Baking have 7 grams of fat and 11 grams of sugar.

Reach staff writer Jacob deNobel at 410-857-7890 or email jacob.denobel@carrollcountytimes.com.

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