No, you can’t buy Girl Scouts’ 15 million extra cookie boxes

If you thought that Individuals chowed down on too many Girl Scout cookies through the pandemic, you’re forgetting a key a part of the Girl Scout cookie journey: the acquisition. A number of cookies are offered at cubicles. Particularly, 15 million boxes, which weren’t offered this 12 months as a result of cookie-booth cancellations because of the pandemic, reports the Associated Press.(*15*)

If you’re pondering, “Um, promote some boxes to me. I’ll sacrifice for Girl Scouts of the USA by consuming a field of cookies,” you aren’t alone. But regardless of widespread curiosity, the 15 million field surplus has created one thing of a disaster for Girl Scouts of the USA.(*15*)

Certainly a hearth sale can be efficient. Or main grocery chains like Safeway, Kroger, Albertsons, and Walmart might stick them on retailer cabinets in a heartbeat. However these aren’t choices for the group, which fears that low cost or broadly accessible cookies would dilute future annual gross sales, which depend upon now-or-never gross sales pitches delivered by cute elementary schoolers.(*15*)

The excess cookies are price roughly $60 million, which is annual funding that the 111 native councils will go with out this 12 months. The councils even have 3 million boxes on their palms, which is a mean of 27,000 boxes every. Artistic gross sales plans are underway, reminiscent of partnering with main sports activities groups for one-day gross sales. In Powder Springs, Georgia, they launched “Samoas for Pictures,” gifting away one field for every particular person getting vaccinated.(*15*)

The place are the opposite 12 million boxes of cookies, you ask? With the bakery firms in Kentucky and Indiana. The excess is simply round 7% of annual gross sales (Girl Scouts typically sell 200 million boxes off cookies per year), so the bakery firms—Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers—are each doing their half, by promoting the cookies as they will and donating many to meals banks and army.(*15*)


If you’re pondering, “Why don’t they only promote ’em subsequent 12 months?” Effectively, sadly, they’ve a 12-month shelf-life—a timeframe by no means earlier than examined in American households, the place their shelf life is zero to 2 days.(*15*)