By Kendall Jensen
With revenue of $700 million a year and over 200 million boxes sold, Girl Scout Cookies have taken over the country. Girl Scouts have sold their famous cookies for almost one hundred years, starting in 1917. Not only are the cookies a scrumptious treat, they are for a great cause.
With 28 different cookies offered, there are many options when selecting the treat of your choice. The most popular cookies, according to Statisticbrain.com, are the infamous Thin Mints, which make up 25% of the cookie sales. The next two most popular cookies are Caramel DeLights, or Samoas, with 19% of sales, and Peanut Butter Patties with 13% of sales. The selling of these desserts is carried out by the 2.3 million Girl Scout members annually.
Besides the tastiness of the cookies, there are other positives that result from sales. 100% of the money made from the cookies goes to local troops and their councils, who then decide for what to use the money, which usually goes toward either funding for troop activities, or contributing to charity events and fundraisers. “I really like how me buying Girl Scout cookies not only contributes to my weight, I help contribute to my community through the Girl Scouts!” joked Sophomore Kendall Mall.
Although most Americans are fans of Girl Scout cookies, some do argue that they are not all they are made out to be. “Yeah the cookies taste good, but they aren’t very good for you and they are majorly overpriced,” stated Senior Kyle Hintz. A popular new trend emerging is healthier, cheaper, alternative home-made recipes that mimic Girl Scout cookies. “Making the alternative Thin Mint recipe is even better than the real one because you can increase the amount of minty-ness and they cost just pennies per cookie,” explained Ms. Ferry, Viera High School Teacher.
Below is the alternative Thin Mint Recipe suggested by Ms. Ferry:
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
½ teaspoon mint extract
3 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
¼ cup butter