It’s no secret that Girl Scout Cookie sales are serious business. These scout-sold treats have become a veritable empire—inspiring ice cream flavors, candy bars, coffee creamers and even cosmetics, and launching Cookie Finder apps for iOS and Android devices—and sales have become so robust that they’ve now gone digital. But that doesn’t mean you won’t see ambitious Girl Scouts selling the iconic cookies at booths from mid-January to March—in-person sales are a major part of how the Scouts hone key leadership-building skills during the sales season.
“The Girl Scouts Cookie Program is unique in that it is the largest girl-led business in the world and girls choose how to use their proceeds,” said Ken Anderson, Senior Director of Product Program at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Beyond their commercial success, Girl Scout Cookie popularity has reached new heights in the culinary community. Thanks to the Girl Scout Cookie Crunch event held in Bethlehem, Pa., talented chefs are showcasing ways to incorporate the baked goods into sophisticated recipes, both savory and sweet. The dishes must feature at least one of the nine Girl Scout Cookie brands, and attendees vote for their favorite dishes.
Last year, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania teamed up with Bethlehem-based nonprofit, ArtsQuest to bring about this successful culinary experience on National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Iron Lakes Country Club of Allentown took the First-Place title with their mouthwatering Chipotle-Shortbread Mac ‘n’ Cheese creation (Get the recipe here!), and they will be returning this year in the hopes of retaining the People’s Choice honor. Other area eateries to be featured include Bruno Scipioni’s Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria, Shula’s Steak House, Parkhurst Dining Services, Trixie’s Treats and Emeril’s Chop House.
Though the promise of unique twists on these all-American treats is sweet enough, the best part of the event is that all cookies used in the entries are purchased from local Girl Scouts, and attendees may purchase additional boxes from the event. Proceeds will benefit Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and the ArtsQuest Arts Education Fund.
Through the cookie sales, inspiring girls are able to fund community projects of their choosing and gain valuable insight into business practice and leadership. the Cookie Crunch aims to drive involvement and local support even further so the nation’s 8 million Girl Scouts may continue to do what they excel in: build courage, confidence and character, and make the world a better place.