Each year, we look forward to munching on our thin mints while we wonder about the origin of Girl Scout cookies and why they became kosher? Judging by the enterprising spirit of the Girl Scout troops we know, we assume the kosher certification was to expand sales. Quite a success story isn't it? You Go Girls!
Girl Scout Cookies began in the ovens of members with the help of their moms. The sale of cookies was a way to finance troop activities started in 1917 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. American Girl magazine, published by Girl Scout national headquarters, featured an article by Florence E. Neil, a local director in Chicago, Illinois. Miss Neil provided a cookie recipe for the council's 2,000 Girl Scouts. She estimated the approximate cost of ingredients for six- to seven-dozen cookies to be 26 to 36 cents. The cookies, she suggested, could be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per dozen. In the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.
Girl Scout Cookies are now sold by the millions and are manufactured in kosher certified bakeries. Currently two commercial bakers are licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA to produce Girl Scout Cookies: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers. The cookies are for sale annually, from January through April.
On behalf of the kosher community worldwide, we thank the Girl Scouts for this decision as we enjoy our OU-Dairy kosher Girl Scout cookies. By the way ALL flavors of Girl Scout cookies sold in the U.S. are kosher. Now, if we could only convince the Girl Scouts to deliver a bit earlier so that we didn't have to gobble these up before Pesach!
To learn more about the history and flavors of Girl Scout Cookies visit: Girlscouts.org
Meet the Cookies
Some of the current cookie flavors are: Thin Mints, (our favorite) , Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Girl Scout S'mores and Toffee Tastic. New this year: Lemon-ups.
Which is your favorite flavor? Wanna make your own? Just in case you do, we present the original recipe: The Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Circa 1922