It’s the season of Girl Scout Cookies and I have never felt so content spending $4 on a box of cookies. Year after year, these special treats fill my pantry with their colored boxes of new and old flavors (with my personal favorite being Samoas® Cookies, but let’s be honest…I am not that fussy;p).
There’s just something so exciting about Girl Scout Cookie season! Maybe it’s the novelty of them and their once-a-year availability? Maybe it’s the plain and simple reality that they are undeniably delicious? Or maybe it’s the good feeling that comes with supporting a good cause (as Beyoncé notes- who run the world? GIRLS!)? And for us Georgians…I would suggest that its the southern roots of America’s favorite cookie brand that make enjoying them that much sweeter.
Initially, the advent of Girl Scout Cookies began in an Oklahoma kitchen as a series of baking lessons led by the mothers of troop members. The purpose was to raise money to help finance troop activities, a routine that became a core tradition of Girl Scout members across the country. Over time, the cookie’s popularity led to the standardization of its production, with every box portraying the cookie name, bold colors, and an image of ‘Girl Scouts in action.’ Today, licensed bakers have room for the creation of new, creative cookie flavors to be offered alongside the required 3: Thin Mints, Dos-si-dos, and Trefoils, with variations on the Girl Scout S’mores cookie arising depending on the baker used for the given season. (Though not mandatory, Samoas and Tagalongs are typically offered on a regular basis, too).
Though the first cookie bakers hailed from Oklahoma, it is Georgia that holds one of the most integral, foundational roles for the development of Girl Scouts as an organization. In fact, most Georgians have no clue that the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, held the first gathering of members in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia.
This week, Girl Scouts all around the world celebrated the organization’s birthday in this coastal, southern city on March 12, commemorating the start of one of the most notorious service groups for young, female empowerment today.