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Girl Scout Cookie sales in Wichita: a price hike and a gluten-free option

Gluten-free Trios, which are peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate-chip cookies, will be added to the Girl Scout Cookie lineup this year in Wichita.
Gluten-free Trios, which are peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate-chip cookies, will be added to the Girl Scout Cookie lineup this year in Wichita.

Local Girl Scouts will begin their annual cookie sales at the end of the month, and when they do, they’ll be explaining changes that include a price increase, a new gluten-free cookie and the addition of digital sales.

Sales start on Jan. 31, and this year, cookies will cost $4 a box. They’ve cost $3.50 a box since 2004.

The Kansas Heartland Council is one of the last to hike the price to $4, said Muriel Berry, the director of communications and marketing for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, which covers 80 counties in Kansas.

“We were one of the last ones to move our price from $3.50,” she said. “All of our neighboring councils, all the other states have been at $4.”

The Kansas Heartland Council also will be selling one of the three new cookie flavors being tested by the Girl Scouts this year. Local Girl Scouts will have access to Trios, which are gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips. The baker that supplies Kansas troops isn’t offering the two other new cookie flavors being touted on social media: the gluten-free Toffee-tastic cookies and the Rah-Rah Raisins cookies, made with oatmeal and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks.

“We’ve had consumers ask for the gluten-free cookie for years,” Berry said.

Girl Scouts also will be able to sell their cookies digitally this year, Berry said. Scouts can contact friends and family members who live elsewhere and sell cookies in packages of six or 12 boxes of the same flavor or in an eight-box sampler that includes the eight basic flavors returning from last year: Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Patties, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Caramel deLites, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Thanks-A-Lots and Lemonades.

Those who order from Girl Scouts digitally will pay shipping and have the cookies mailed to their houses. Cookie buyers will have to be contacted by a Girl Scout to buy online.

“It’s a way for the girls to safely reach out through emails to people who would like to buy cookies online,” Berry said. “The consumer doesn’t go seek out a random Girl Scout. Girl Scouts send e-mails to friends and family.”

Door-to-door sales will begin on Jan. 31. Booth sales will begin in local grocery stores and retailers on Feb. 13. All cookie sales end on March 8.

Last year, 6,945 girls in the Kansas Heartland Council sold 1,565,568 boxes of cookies, raising $532,555 for their troops.

Those who have questions or want to buy cookies can call 1-888-686-6468.

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