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Girl Scouts mark 100th anniversary with Savannah Smiles cookies

savannahsmiles010812_optBY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

For all the Girl Scout cookie lovers out there – or just cookie lovers in general - you now have a new tasty treat to enjoy this year. Yes, Girl Scout cookie season is just around the corner.

This year the Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100th anniversary with the release of a new cookie, called “Savannah Smiles,” created as a throwback to past customer favorites, reported the New York Daily News. The new sweet is a bite-sized lemon wedge cookie that is dusted in powdered sugar. The lemon-flavored, powdered sugar dusted confection will symbolize the organization’s 100th year in service and sweetness. Although, this confection with its lemony kick is not expected to crack the top three best selling Girl Scout cookies, which are Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs.

According to the cookie makers, Little Brownie Bakers, this lemon wedge cookie is cool and crisp, with just the right number of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor. And, when you hold it right, you’ll quickly be reminded of that world-famous “Brownie Smile.” And for those of you whose New Year’s resolution was to lose weight, not to worry. Girl Scout cookies range in calories from 110 for two cookies to 160 for three or four cookies with only 4.5 to 9 grams total fat. The Savannah Smiles cookie has 140 calories for five cookies with only five grams of fat.

The name, Savannah Smiles, was inspired by Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the troupes in her home of Savannah, Georgia in 1912. The Girl Scouts had been using cookies as a way to support their troupes since 1917.

Low’s Savannah home has become a tourist attraction for Girl Scouts and those who love them.

“In the time-worn rooms, each girl considers how, 100 years later, Juliette Low’s story encourages her to dream big and do great things with her life,” said a spokesperson for Little Brownie Bakers. “That’s why we are so proud to offer this special cookie that will delight customers and remind girls of their rich heritage and unlimited future.”

Girl Scout cookies are a familiar part of American culture. For 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of local Girl Scout cookie activities. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, the sale of cookies has helped Girl Scouts have fun, develop valuable life skills and make the world a better place by helping to support Girl Scouting in their communities. Girls are proud that their efforts provide resources for their local Girl Scout councils and for their own Girl Scout troops/groups.

All of the proceeds—every penny—from a local council's cookie activities remains in the area where the cookies are sold. This revenue is used to benefit girls, some of it directly by remaining in the Girl Scout troop/group treasury, and some of it indirectly by subsidizing the cost of providing the Girl Scout program in the local area.



 

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