Wednesday's Edge List: 8 Things You Didn't Know About Girl Scout Cookies
Number One -
The first girl scout cookies were sold in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1917, troops baked cookies and sold them in high schools as a service project.
Number Two --
The ingredients for a classic girl scout cookie were simple in 1922, butter, sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, flour, and baking powder. Now, with cookies like the Mango Creme that include ingredients made from Shitake mushrooms, the ingredients are far from simple.
Number Three -
You wouldn't believe the price girl scout cookies used to be. In 1933, you could get a box of 44 cookies for just 23 cents. Now, you get about 20 for $3.50.
Number Four --
Due to shortages of sugar, butter, and flour, the Girl Scouts weren't able to sell cookies in the 1940's. Because it was war time, the scouts sold calendars instead.
Number Five --
Today, one-quarter of all Girl Scout cookie sales are Thin Mints. Thin Mints also have the most cookies per box, so it's a win-win.
Number Six --
Two licensed bakeries are in charge of Girl Scout cookies, that number has decreased over the years. In the 1940's, there were 29 bakeries, and in the 1960's, there were 14.
Number Seven --
Depending on your local Girl Scout council, your cookies are either creatively named, or literally named. Tagalongs are also known as Peanut Butter Patties, Do-Si-Dos are Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and Trefoils are Shortbreads, depending on where you get'em.
Number Eight --
Love your Girl Scout cookies? There's an app for that. You can download a "cookie finder" app on your phone to pinpoint exactly where the scouts are selling.