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Girl Scout Cookies Slim Down For 2011

With declining sales, counterfeit currency issues, and a slew of knockoffs, Girl Scout cookies have taken a hit in recent years. So in hopes of cutting costs and generating more revenue, an increasing number of Girl Scout councils across the country are trimming their offerings.

The top five cookie varieties compose 77 percent of Girl Scout cookie sales; the test program, known as the Super Six pilot, will take advantage of that, with a pared-down lineup of peanut butter Do-Si-Dos, shortbread Trefoils, caramel coconut Samoas, citrusy Lemon Chalet Cremes, patty-like Tagalongs, and, of course, Thin Mints. What it won't include? Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Munch, All Abouts, or the Thanks-A-Lot fudge-dipped shortbread cookie, a new goodie proffered by licensed supplier ABC Bakers. Councils partaking in the trial hope the move will streamline sales, speed up delivery, and ultimately increase profits.

Also, for the first time ever, individual scouts will also be allowed to advertise online. I'm betting a box of Thin Mints that the new program will do well. After all, who buys those other novelty flavors? Do you agree, or are you bummed that there'll be less to choose from?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Yes, I buy one or two boxes of each so this will definitely help me eat less cookies.
xxstardust xxstardust 5 years
Thanks-a-Lot cookie are definitely not new; they have some variety of fudge-dipped shortbread almost every single year, though they're not always called Thanks-A-Lot cookies ... one year they had endangered animals on them when I was kid, and one year I remember them having a friendship theme. I also recall them selling pretty well. I don't think it's so much that the flavors didn't sell but that slimming down to the iconic flavors is simpler, especially for smaller troops who plan to do sidewalk sales outside shops. Only having the best-known, well beloved girl scout cookies available for those types of sales prevents the poor troop leader or cookie mom from getting stuck with 19 extra boxes of whatever is the novelty flavor that year. I'm curious if this will be for all regions - not all girl scout cookies are made by the same company, which is why in some places (those served by ABC Bakers) the cookies have had different names (Caramel DeLites instead of Samoas, etc) - the other baker, whose name I don't recall at the moment, owns the trademark rights to the names Samoas and Trefoils, not the actual Girl Scouts of America. That's also why last year, some Lemon Creme Chalets were FUNKY and some were not ... different bakers, one of whom had a major problem!
amber512 amber512 5 years
I can't eat any of them anyway due to food intolerances, so it doesn't really affect me!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
I'm just pretty much done with all the "you need to be healthier" talk. I don't and won't be buying anything that says "lower fat", "less sugar" and all the other yadayada cr*p. Let's put people back to work and quit worrying about what size shirt they wear! Cause if we don't we'll all be wearing a smaller size anyway cause we won't have and $ to buy food.
Mandy-Harris Mandy-Harris 5 years
Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Lemon Chalets are all I need. Ever.
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