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Girl Scout cookie season to begin with new cookie ‘Savannah Smiles’

Savannah Smiles cookies,

It’s Girl Scout cookie season. Well, almost. In the Greater Atlanta area, cookie sales can officially begin tomorrow. Get ready to be tempted by the likes of coconutty Samoas, peanut-butter-chocolate Tagalongs and the ever-popular Thin Mint.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting this year, a new cookie, Savannah Smiles, will be included in the list of sweet treats. The cookie is named after the birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low and is described in the sales guide as “bite-sized, lemon-wedge cookies dusted in powdered sugar and bursting with zesty lemon flavor.” About 28 are packed in each box and they contain zero grams of trans fats per serving.

While pre-orders begin tomorrow, you won’t get your fix until mid-February when the orders come in. Look for little scouts to be stationed outside your local grocery stores and eateries at about the same time.

According to the sales guide, about 76% of each $3.50 box of cookies supports girls. Here’s the breakdown of how the money is used:

  • 5% is used to provide girl recognitions and bonuses to Service Units and Troop Leaders
  • 16% is troop proceeds for use by the troop for activities and/or community service projects
  • 55% is returned to leaders and girls in program opportunities, camp operations, insurance, program supplies, financial assistance, training, background checks, website and other business operations
  • 24% is the cost of the cookies paid to the baker

In addition to using cookie sales to support programming, the Girl Scouts use them as an opportunity to teach goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making and business ethics.

I’ll take one of each, please.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

19 comments Add your comment


January 5th, 2012
12:18 pm

I guess no one remembers the 1982 movie “Savannah Smiles”, but I loved it as a kid and it was first thought.. and the movie, though sweet and lighthearted, is about a little girl who runs away and is believed to be kidnapped.. which just feels wrong..


January 5th, 2012
1:30 pm

My daughter was named after the movie Savannah Smiles. I remember one of the actors in it, Mark Miller( I believe was his name), wrote it, naming it after his own daughter. Savannah,his real daughter, played the little girl Savannah’s friend in the movie. The movie teaches us that our children are to be cherished, not ignored, a life lesson for us all. Wonder if Girl Scouts will have a law suit over the name?


January 5th, 2012
1:38 pm

Mmmm…Samoas! Can’t wait. I usually get 4 boxes of them. I’ll try some of these too.


January 5th, 2012
3:50 pm

If the producers of the movie had been smarter, they would have pitched the idea of a cookie named Savannah Smiles to the Girl Scouts. May in fact generate interest in DVDs or rentals.


January 5th, 2012
4:18 pm

When will the Girl Scouts start to sell something that doesn’t cause weight gain and is not diabetic unfriendly? It is a very poor lesson to teach these girls that the way to fund raise is to sell something that is unhealthy. How about fruit?

Typical Redneck

January 5th, 2012
4:38 pm

kmb, then don’t buy any.


January 5th, 2012
4:45 pm

Savannah Smiles was an adorable movie. The roadkill stew scene cracked me up.

I miss those lemon cookies they had a few years ago with lemon chips in them. Those were good! The GS cookies are also good as pie crusts. I remember some cook-offs where they used them to accentuate the pies like crushed thin mints for Grasshopper pies, etc.


January 6th, 2012
12:41 am

Someone tell these folks not to set up in front of the grocery stores this year. It really is embarrassing running across the parking lot being pursued by a gaggle of pre-teen hucksters.


January 6th, 2012
7:51 am

kmb – the Girl Scouts offered at least two different sugar free cookies several years ago. They were awful and did not sell. As a diabetic, I have always purchased the trefoils. In fact, the trefoil’s “diabetic exchange” was better than the sugar free cookies they offered. I’m looking foward to trying the new lemon cookies – I hope they’re as good as the Lemon Coolers!


January 6th, 2012
11:46 am

How can anyone complain about Girl Scout cookies? If you don’t want them, don’t buy them, but generally, it’s a tradition that people want every year. My daughter used to sell them and after she quit the GS, we had former customers desperately asking who else to get them from. Apparently they don’t ALL sell in front of the grocery stores.


January 6th, 2012
12:15 pm

‘Savannah Smiles’ is a dueling piano bar in Savannah. I hope they sue these b****es for copyright infringement. I know if I owned the bar I wouldn’t want people thinking I was responsible for some crappy new cookie.


January 6th, 2012
12:30 pm

Girls scouts come to your house even in neighborhoods with no solitication. They attack you at malls and grocery stores fronts. The national organization uses their cherubs to intimidate adults to buy something that is inherently not healthy. We have a national obesity problem. Rather than help in the national trend to overeat, the Girl Scouts foster the problem. Sorry, but selling fruits, nuts, or other healthy foods would be a welcome change from mass produced cookies.


January 6th, 2012
4:49 pm

Somebody needs a cookie.


January 6th, 2012
11:13 pm

Hey KMB, why not just walk away and ignore them? Why are you trying to ruin it for everyone else? Clearly you’re a GRINCH year-round, instead of merely Christmas-time.


January 7th, 2012
10:29 am


They came to my house yesterday!! The Girl Scouts are in your face when they sale their cookies.


January 7th, 2012
10:33 am


Also, read what I wrote. I said they ought sell healthy food. What is the Girl Scouts about in your opinion: teaching poor nutrition?


January 9th, 2012
9:30 am

Good thing there are people like kmb to teach the girl scouts that there are id10ts in this world that can’t understand that cohabitaion in a complex society will produce scenarios contrary to some’s beliefs; they may encounter individuals, whether being self absorbed or just unable to mentally process conflict in perspective who won’t inherently agree with or be bothered with what they are doing.

Girl scouts are selling cookies to raise money for their organization; not to save the planet from poor nutritional (and fitness) habbits. They learn valuable life skills like dealing with the public; including unhappy and unstable people. Cookies are a snack food, a “treat”, if you will, they are not being sold as a meal. The nutritional information is printed on the box. If they are consumed in a manner consistent with the intent there is nothing wrong with them. Yes, often they are not consumed in a responsible manner but it’s not the girl scouts mission to foster personal accountability and responsibility for everyone.

Some suggestions to help you with the conflict of these aggressive children coming to your house; when you see it’s the girl scouts don’t answer the door, if you answer the door tell them (hopefully politely) you are not interested, or put a small no soliciting sign on your door.


January 10th, 2012
6:35 pm

kmb – Don’t eat the whole box in one sitting! There are no GS in my neighborhood so I will be happy to see them at the stores. kmb must be a former GS and only got the “Sour Puss” badge.

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