WAXAHACHIE — It’s a tradition that now dates back 100 years. Just as New Year’s resolutions begin to hit the breaking point, one dreaded question is heard ringing from doorsteps, in front of shopping centers and around the office water cooler.
“Want to buy some Girl Scout cookies?”
A delicious tradition that began in 1917, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is more than a fundraiser. With each cardboard box of post-holiday-season calories sold, the scouts build interpersonal skills that can be used throughout their lives.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program has been the engine that powers opportunities for girls participating in Girl Scouts,” reads a press release announcing a new flavor of cookie and the official return of cookie season. “The 21st Century Girl Scout participates in the Cookie Program not only to build skills such as leadership, business ethics, money management and more but to also create change within their own North Texas community by raising money to support community projects and troop activities for the upcoming year.”
The release notes that, through the “Troop-to-Troop” program, the Girl Scouts plan to donate 100,000 cookie packages to local military veterans in 2017.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the finest example of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “Girls who participate in the Cookie Program develop critical skills such as goal setting, decision making, and interpersonal skills while earning money to fuel opportunities for their troop. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stay right here in our council. Buying a box of Girl Scout Cookies helps more than 26,000 girls fulfill their dreams, follow their passions, learn to lead and ultimately change the world.”
For those eagerly scouring the article for the newest cookie to hit the streets, rest assured — the Daily Light staff has already put it, and its companions, to the test.
In a not-so-blind taste testing Wednesday afternoon, the S’mores cookie, described as a “crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling,” received its fair shake alongside Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, and Do-Si-Dos.
Just after Robin Fox fought the plastic wrap that encased the S’mores cookies, Judy Hodges let out a hearty “Mhhhmmmm,” as she reached for a glass of water to wash the newest addition to the cookie family down.
Marcus Marion and Andrew Branca agreed that the new S’mores cookie was "just sweet enough" without being overpowering. “A perfect compliment” described Marcus as he polished off his taste-tester.
“I don’t even like s’mores and I like these. It taste kind of like a vanilla Oreo with chocolate cream in the middle of it,” Robin said.
Tobi Merritt, on the other hand, was apprehensive. However, after staring down the opened half-eaten box, the mother of two with a third on the way finally gave in to temptation.
“They’re,” Tobi began before a brief pause, “OK.”
For Marvin Clark, the Savannah Smiles were his go-to. Kim Perez described the crisp and zesty lemon-wedge cookie as being “like a little bite of sunshine.”
“I like them all the same, they’re cookies,” added Kim, who claimed to want "just one more” before grabbing a Thin Mint and Tagalong on the way back to her cubicle. “If you put a cookie in front of me, I’m going to eat it.”
After much debate, and, despite the introduction of the campfire favorite, which was released to celebrate the Girl Scouts' century-mark birthday, the classics won out.
The Daily Light’s Girl Scout cookie power rankings
2. Savannah Smiles
3. Thin Mints
7. ….and bringing up the rear — S’mores.
Those who want to give the S’mores or any of the other cookies to the test can find cookie booths by visiting www.texascookietime.org or by downloading the “Cookie Finder” app. The app is available for iPhone and Android by searching “GS COOKIES” in the app store. For more information about the Cookie Program, visit www.texascookietime.org.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith