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Girl Scout Cookie Program adds snack bars

Published: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

It’s that time again – Girl Scout cookie time.

Girl Scouts began taking cookie orders today and will continue taking orders until Jan. 27, with delivery in mid-February. If you are not approached by a Girl Scout and would like to place an order, you can email cookies4you@girlscoutsni.org, and your request will be passed on to a local Girl Scout.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, the council that includes Girl Scout troops in DeKalb County, was chosen as one of only six councils across the nation to pilot two varieties of Girl Scout Snack Bars during the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Tagalongs Snack Bars feature rolled oats, cereal flakes and chocolaty granola combined with peanut butter chips. Double Dutch Snack Bars are made of rolled oats, cereal flakes and granola, sprinkled with dark chocolate chips and a chocolaty drizzle. Local Girl Scouts will offer bars by the box, with five bars per box.

The local council also is participating in the Girl Scouts Super Six program, in which scouts will offer only the six top-selling varieties of cookies, instead of the full menu of eight. Removing the least-popular varieties from the offering provides a much easier inventory experience for cookie volunteers.

The cookie lineup includes Do-Si-Dos, a crunchy oatmeal cookie with peanut butter; Samoas, a vanilla cookie covered in caramel, coconut and chocolaty coating; Tagalongs, a cookie topped with peanut butter and chocolate; Thin Mints, a thin wafer made with natural peppermint and covered with a chocolaty coating; Trefoils, a shortbread cookie; and Savannah Smiles, a crisp lemon wedge cookie. Cookies cost $4 a box; the new snack bars cost $5 a box.

Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program support Girl Scout programs, camp scholarships, volunteer training, membership assistance and outreach programs. Each troop receives a portion of the proceeds for troop activities. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the few youth-oriented programs in the country providing its participants the ability to decide how to direct the proceeds generated through their business activity.

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