Girl Scout cookie season starts Feb. 5--and there's one big change this year

It's the time of the year when you start to notice those order forms around the office and Scouts-turned-businesswomen giving their best pitch at grocery stores. Smell the Thin Mints in the air, 'tis the season of Girl Scout cookies.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led program in the country. And although the program is rich in history, there are several changes being made this year.

To cut cost and increase revenue, about a dozen Girl Scout councils across the country are decreasing their selection to just six kinds of cookies, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Which ones made the list? And are our local Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys safe from cookie-downsizing?

Read on to find out.

Nationwide, fans of Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos (Peanut Butter Sandwiches), Samoas (Caramel deLites), Lemon Chalet Cremes, Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties) and/or Trefoils (Shortbread), you are safe. But in many parts of the country, the Girl Scouts voted off some of the more recent inventions: Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Munch, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, and Shout-Outs.

But even if Dulce de Leche is your favorite, don't worry. Our local Girl Scouts are not one of the councils making the cut.

In fact, with a goal to sell 5 million boxes of cookies this season, the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys aims to be the largest cookie program in the world, says the organization's public relations specialist Barbara Boelk. To meet that goal, the local Scouts are offering a big new change this year: instant gratification. A program called Cookies Now allows you to buy cookies without filling out the order form--so no more three-week wait.

The Girl Scout cookie season in Minnesota starts next week, on February 5. Find your local Scout and stock up. If you feel adventurous, you can even try some recipes involving the cookies. Thin Mint Brownies, anyone?

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