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Fun Facts

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Juliette Gordon Low initiated the cookie sale as a way for Girl Scouts to be self-reliant and to fund their own activities.

Girl Scout Cookies Fun Facts• In the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country baked their own simple sugar cookies and sold them to raise money for their activities.

• The first documented councilwide sale of commercially baked cookies took place in Philadelphia in 1934.

• The first national Girl Scout Cookie sale was held in 1936.

• Over the years, cookie varieties have come and gone in response to changing consumer tastes. However, Shortbread has been around from the early days. The only modification to this traditional favorite has been been two “facelifts”—one in 1979 and one in 2010, both to mirror updates to the Girl Scouts service mark.

Thin Mints® is the top-selling Girl Scout Cookie in America!

• In 1948, a total of 29 companies were licensed to bake Girl Scout Cookies. Today there are two official Girl Scout Cookie bakers. ABC Bakers has been an officially licensed Girl Scout Cookie baker for more than 75 years.

• Each season, Girl Scouts sell almost 200 million packages of Girl Scout Cookies!

• Caramel, cooked to a rich creamy consistency, and a special toasted flaked coconut make ABC’s Caramel deLites® the second-best-selling Girl Scout Cookie and place it in the top five of cookies sold in the United States, annually.

• All of ABC’s Girl Scout Cookie varieties are cholesterol free.

• For every box of Girl Scout Cookies you buy, more than two-thirds of your purchase price is put to use by Girl Scout councils in your community.

• By eliminating the box for Thanks-A-Lot®, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, and Lemonades™ Girls Scout Cookies, Girl Scouts of the USA and ABC Bakers are taking hundreds of tons of paperboard out of the waste stream annually. That’s at least enough paperboard to fill 14 garbage trucks* and yields energy savings equivalent to 30,000 gallons of gasoline**!

• People who may be following diabetic diets can find dietary exchange rates on our Nutrition Facts page and listed on our order card.

• Our Thin MintsThanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Peanut Butter Patties Girl Scout Cookies are vegan.

• All of ABC’s Girl Scout Cookie varieties have a trans fat value of zero grams per serving.

• Our Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookies speak five different languages—English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Swahili!

• Our cookies are made with pure vegetable shortening and all eight varieties are kosher. Kosher certification is provided by the Orthodox Union Rabbinical supervision. Each package is marked with the circle UD emblem.

• When eaten in moderation as part of a healthy balanced diet, ABC Girl Scout Cookies are satisfying treats for consumers, and most importantly, they provide a meaningful leadership experience for Girl Scouts!

• ABC does not use any artificial preservatives or artificial colors in our Girl Scout Cookies.

• Imitated but never duplicated, Peanut Butter Patties®­ have been in our Girl Scout Cookie line for more than 30 years. They are the third-best-selling Girl Scout Cookie and are among the top 10 best-selling cookies in America.

Sources:

girlscoutcookies.org

*Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

**EPA Waste Reduction Model [WARM]