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Thin Mints spared in Girl Scout cookie cutting

Saving the last box of Dulce de Leche until the Girl Scouts come back with another supply? Brace yourself.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Girl Scouts groups are rethinking their strategy for cookie sales, and less popular flavors will get cut.

Lovers of the chocolaty Thin Mints, crunchy peanut-buttery Do-Si-Dos and buttery Trefoils shortbread don't need to fret. The Girl Scouts governing body has told the two commercial bakers the scouts deal with that they must produce those three every year. Likewise, Samoas (called Caramel deLites in some parts of the country) and Lemon Chalet Cremes will also have a place in the pantry this year. So, too, Tagalongs (also known as Peanut Butter Patties).

Most troops won't pare back their cookie list, at least not this year. Western New York Girl Scouts won't be on the list, spokeswoman Trina Tardone said via email.

"We will continue to offer all eight varieties of cookies: Thank U Berry Munch, Dulce de Leche, and Thin Mints, Samoas®, Tagalongs®, Do-si-dos®, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes™. Our area loves variety."

Of 112 Girl Scout councils in the country, 12 councils participate in a pilot program that focuses on the six top-selling cookie varieties, which typically account for 80 percent of sales, Tardone said. Newcomers Thank U Berry Munch and Dulce de Leche are the low sellers.

Until the Fall 2011 cookie sale starts, the Girl Scouts will sell you candy and nuts, but the cookie sale starts in the fall. Not long thereafter, the inevitable Thank U Berry Munch and Dulce de Leche smuggling will begin.

Because they won't be available from the following Girl Scout Councils:

• ARIZONA CACTUS-PINES

• CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST

• CHESAPEAKE BAY

• EASTERN OKLAHOMA

• GREATER ATLANTA

• GREATER NEW YORK (New York City)

• HISTORIC GEORGIA

• SUFFOLK COUNTY

• NASSAU COUNTY

• SAHUARO (Southern Arizona)

• WESTERN OHIO

• WESTERN OKLAHOMA

 

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