Girl Scouts ready to start selling cookies

02/02/2014 8:19 PM

02/02/2014 8:19 PM

Clear some space in those pantries and freezers:

Wichita-area Girl Scouts will begin selling cookies Saturday.

Seven flavors are back again this year: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades and Shortbreads. New this year are Cranberry Citrus Crisps, a crispy cookie made with whole grain and full of tangy cranberry bits.

“We call it our Kansas cookie because it has a wheat stalk stamped right on it,” said Muriel Berry, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, which covers 80 Kansas counties.

Some Girl Scouts elsewhere in the country are selling a gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookie as part of a pilot project this year, but those will not be available in Kansas, Berry said.

Berry said Wichita-area scouts will be out in uniform beginning Saturday. Like last year, girls will have packages of cookies on hand to sell door-to-door and to family and friends. That means no more taking orders, waiting weeks and then returning to deliver cookies and collect money.

Sales at tables set up outside stores such as Dillons and Wal-Mart will begin Feb. 14.

Cookies are $3.50 a box. Sales will continue through March 9. Proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts and its programs.

“It’s more than a cookie sale because through these programs girls not only learn goal-setting but decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics – everything that’s essential to leadership,” Berry said.

“This is at the heart of where we want them to learn to be tomorrow’s leaders.”

To find cookies in your area, visit kansasgirlscouts.org or call 888-686-MINT. Or contact one of the more than 5,000 Kansas scouts who will begin selling Saturday, regardless of potential winter weather.

“It makes you feel warm inside when you’re snuggled up with some Thin Mints,” Berry said. “Those can certainly make even the worst day a lot better.”

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