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Girl Scout Cookie Season Nears: There's an App (and a New Cookie)

Q: What's green and tries to take all your money by being cute? 

A: The Geico Gecko Girl Scouts during cookie-selling season!

January 12 is the official start of Girl Scout cookie season in South Florida, which means you won't be able to set foot into a mall or supermarket without being hustled into buying a box of overpriced sugar and white flour by a group of little girls dressed like leprechauns.

Besides the regular cast of cookie characters like Thin Mints,

Do-si-Do's, Tagalongs, Samoas, and Trefoils, the Girl Scouts are introducing a

new cookie to celebrate their upcoming centennial. Savannah Smiles are a

lemon wedge cookie with a powdered-sugar coating and are named after

Savannah, the home of founder Juliette Gordon Low, who in 1912 founded the Girl

Guides, which eventually became the Girl Scouts. 

According to Girl Scouts, "approximately 70% of the proceeds stays in the

local Girl Scout council to provide a portion of the resources needed to

support Girl Scouting in that area, including the portion that goes

directly to the group selling the cookies. The balance goes directly to

the baker to pay for the cookies," so the money you spend on cookies stays in South Florida.


now, you can't buy Girl Scout cookies online; you can buy them in

person only from a tiny person in a uniform. To find where cookies are being

sold, download the free Girl Scouts Cookie Finder app, which allows you to locate each and every bridge table in front of every Publix... and Home Depot... and Target. Here's a video explaining how every time you buy a box of cookies, you're making the world a little better (cue the rainbows and unicorns):

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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