Girls Scouts sell better nutrition


The Girls Scouts have jumped on the health bandwagon with a new cookie -- Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Bar. It's not often a new selection surfaces -- maybe every three years -- and this one may be a sleeper.

"It's soft and chewy with diced raisins and is topped with a swizzle of icing," says Cindy Hall, director of public relations and fund development for Calumet Council, based in Highland, Ind.

"Compared to some fat-free cookies, it's very good and very flavorful."

The bars come 10 to a box and sell for $2.50. They join seven other varieties.

"Health is the way to go in the '90s and our cookie company saw the trend and gave us the option," Ms. Hall says.

The Girl Scouts decided to bite.

Early word is that the public has been receptive.

"It seems to be going over very well and we've had some orders for it," says Eloise Gross, director of public relations and fund development for Drifting Dunes Council, based in Valparaiso, Ind.

Ms. Gross has high praise for the cookie herself.

But for some, nothing can take the place of a thin mint or shortbread or peanut butter cookie, perennial best sellers.

"At our training sessions there were those who said, 'Give me the cookies with fat,' " Ms. Hall reports.

"They said they would compensate for the extra calories elsewhere."

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