Girl Scouts unveiling new cookies in ’16
Published 12:10 am Wednesday, January 13, 2016
LAPLACE — Everyone’s favorite time of year is almost here.
Not Mardi Gras season. It’s almost Girl Scout Cookie season. And in typical New Orleans fashion, it was ushered in with a party in LaPlace.
The St. John the Baptist Parish Service Unit held a Cookie Rally Friday night at the St. Joan of Arc gym. A total of 68 of the 101 girls registered in St. John attended the rally, which was designed to help educate local Scouts on the changes to this year’s cookie lineup and prepare them for the sales season.
Besides making personalized clipboards and pencils for taking upcoming orders, there was a nail polish station with colors corresponding to the cookie box colors, a Twister game with the new cookie names and mock sales stations to help the girls practice their sales tactics.
“The main thing is to get everyone used to the new names,” St. John Service Unit Manager Margo Brockhman said. “Everyone had a great time.”
The 103-year-old organization has gone with a new cookie company this year, which means some name-changes for old favorites, as well as a few new offerings.
The Samoa is now the Caramel delight, the Do-Si-Do is now the Peanut Butter Sandwich, the Trefoil is now the Shortbread and the Tagalong is now the Peanut Butter Patty.
In addition, there is a new Cranberry Citrus Crisp, a Rah-Rah Raisin, a shortbread and chocolate Thanks-A-Lot, a Toffee-tastic and an oatmeal, peanut, raisin Trio. The lemon-powdered Savannah Smiles has been replaced by the new Lemonade cookie.
“Don’t worry,” said Brockman, “the Thin Mint is still there.”
Also relatively new is online ordering at girlscouts.org, which sends orders to your local scout troop. There is also an app to help cookie cravers find a local troop selling cookies.
“We did it last year and it worked out well,” Brockman said.
“It helps the girls not only interact in person, but also be more tech savy.”
Pre-orders begin on Friday and continue through Jan. 31. Scouts will begin delivering cookies on Feb. 19. Booth sales will be held Feb. 26 through March 13.