Girls Scout Cookie Questions Answered

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - They're small, delicious and we have the chance to buy them just after we make our New Years resolutions to cut back. Girl Scout cookie season is here, but there may be a few things you don't know about the delicious treats. News Leader Nine is taking a moment to answer a few Girl Scout cookie questions.

It's the sweet treat we've all come to know and love! Girl Scout cookies come in several varieties, but were Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos part of the recent peanut butter recall? Girl Scout Regional Director, Debbie Caballero said, "The peanut butter recall did not affect Girl Scout cookies. None of our cookies use peanut butter from the supplier in question and so all our varieties are safe and as tasty as ever."

Another recent occurrence that might jeopardize cookie sales is the slump in the economy. Last year the local chapter sold 25,000 cases of Girls Scout cookies and Caballero says they expect a three percent increase this year, "When a person buys a box of Girl Scout cookies they're buying something they have developed a taste for, for many years. And they wait for those three months a year to finally get them. It is an inexpensive treat even in difficult times."

You may have heard the rumor that for the same price, $3.50 a box, you are actually getting smaller cookies.

"The cost has gone up for ingredients and just like transportation and gas prices have impacted our budgets at home, it has also impacted the cookie baking business." Caballero says Girl Scouts of America refuse to change the taste for their loyal customers, "Rather than decrease the quality or change the ingredients we chose to decrease the cookie slightly so we can continue to enjoy the same quality."

But don't worry too much about the smaller cookies. The cookie decrease is only one ounce per box for Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, and Thin Mints and only half an ounce for Samoas and Tagalongs.

If you've already ordered, your cookies will be delivered between February 11th and 17th and the booths will go up shortly after that at local stores.