Girl Scout Cookie FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do Girl Scout Cookies go on sale and how do I find them?

A: Girl Scout Cookies can be purchased only from girls and only during cookie season, which kicks off on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Orders can be placed through individual Girl Scouts through Feb. 26.
Booth sales kick off during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend on Feb. 27, when cookies will be sold at various businesses and public locations. Try our free mobile Cookie Finder app for your iPhone® or Android® phone. You can search for cookie booth sales in your neighborhood starting Feb. 27, get details on your favorite Girl Scout Cookies and link to cookies in social media.

For more information on the Cookie Program, visit our cookie program web page or like us on Facebook for regular sale updates.

Q: How much do Girl Scout Cookies cost?

A: Girl Scout Cookies can be purchased for $4 per box, with the exception of the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, which sell for $5 per box.

Q: What is National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend?

A: Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has declared Feb. 27-28, 2015 as National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend! This special two-day event is a great opportunity for Girl Scouts and Girl Scout supporters to share with the community the importance of the Cookie Program and what it does for the girls and their communities.

It is also the official launch of cookie booth sales, and urban Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at locations in downtown Pittsburgh, Erie and Johnstown on Friday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. This special sale during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend offers a unique way for Urban Girl Scouts to meet new friends, gain valuable financial literacy skills and earn money to participate in GSWPA leadership activities, special events, camp and global travel experiences.

Q: What is Operation: Sweet Appreciation?

A: Operation: Sweet Appreciation allows cookie customers to purchase boxes of cookies to be sent to veterans and men and women serving our country at home and overseas in the U.S. Military. Cookies to benefit OSA can be purchased on individual girl's cookie order forms, at booth sales, and online at gswpa.org/military from Feb. 27 through Memorial Day on May 25.

A: Anyone donating online to Operation: Sweet Appreciation can choose a specific Girl Scout troop or individually registered girl (also known as Indie Girls) to benefit from the donation, just as they would through the traditional Cookie Program. Girl Scout Cookies purchased with the donations from this program will be shipped directly from the baker, Little Brownie Bakers, to military troops serving overseas.

Q: Can I purchase Girl Scout cookies for myself online?

A: Yes! Girl Scout Cookies can now be purchased online from Jan. 9-March 22 through Digital Cookie, a first-of-its-kind web platform that lets girls sell cookies from their own protected, personalized websites. The cookies will be shipped directly to you--you just need to pay shipping and handling.

Please note that you must know a Girl Scout to purchase cookies through Digital Cookie. If you do not know a Girl Scout and would like to order cookies online, please email cookies@gswpa.org.

Q: Why are Girl Scout Cookies available only for a short time?

A: The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the premier entrepreneurship opportunity for girls, but it is just one part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girl Scouts participate in many activities throughout the year and work on many projects. Cookies are just one of those activities. And because only girls may sell Girl Scout Cookies, their market availability is limited to the 6 to 8-week period when they are engaged in the program.

Q: Where does my money go when I buy Girl Scout Cookies?

A: With every purchase from a GSWPA Girl Scout or troop, approximately 70% of the proceeds goes to the local council and troops, with the remainder going to the baker to pay for the cookies. Find out more about how cookie proceeds are used.

Q: How do I find out the ingredients, nutritional value and allergen information for one or more of Girl Scout Cookie varieties?

A: So that consumers can make an informed choice, the ingredients, nutritional profile and allergen information of each variety are clearly listed on both the cookie package and the cookie order form. Additionally, this information is available at littlebrowniebakers.com/cookies. With special regard to allergen concerns, our bakers bake Girl Scout Cookies in state-of-the-art facilities, and you can be assured that every required safety protocol is adhered to in order to prevent cross contamination of ingredients. The bakers stand behind the allergen notifications listed on each package of cookies. Consumers with additional concerns may contact the baker directly at littlebrowniebakers.com.

Q: Are any preservatives used in Girl Scout Cookies?

A: No. Girl Scout Cookies do not contain any added preservatives.

Q: Do Girl Scout Cookies have trans fats?

A: Girl Scouts of the USA is proud that all Girl Scout Cookies are "zero trans fat per serving" with the same great taste that has made them one of America's favorite treats over the years. All varieties contain less than 0.5 grams trans fat per serving, which meets or exceeds the FDA guidelines for the "zero trans fat" designation. Selected varieties can claim 100% trans-fat-free status, meaning there's not a speck of trans fats in the whole package. For complete nutritional information, please visit littlebrowniebakers.com/cookies.

Q: Is high fructose corn syrup used in Girl Scout Cookies?

A: Our licensed vendors use a variety of ingredients in the production of Girl Scout Cookies, including, in some cookies, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Our bakers have indicated that HCFS is a specifically helpful ingredient in the browning process, and helps cookies retain freshness. For those cookies where HFCS is used, our bakers indicate that it is a key ingredient in ensuring the quality of the cookie.
As leaders in the baking industry, we trust our bakers to develop recipes using ingredients that will produce the best quality, best-tasting cookies while simultaneously address industry trends, scientific trends, and of course, consumer preference. For a list of specific cookie ingredients, please visit
littlebrowniebakers.com/cookies.

Q: Why is palm oil used in Girl Scout Cookies?

A: Palm oil is an ingredient found in the majority of baked snacks sold in the United States. GSUSA's licensed bakers tell us it continues to be necessary to use palm oil in our cookies to ensure shelf life, to offer customers the highest quality, and to serve as an alternative to trans fats. However, GSUSA and our licensed bakers are members of—and our bakers source palm oil exclusively from—members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization of growers, buyers, manufacturers, conservationists, and interested parties who are striving to develop and follow best practices to ensure sustainability. Learn more.

Q: Who can sell Girl Scout Cookies?

A: All girl members may participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Although parents and Girl Scout adults may assist girls, it is the girl who makes the sale, sets learning and sales goals, and learns the entrepreneurial skills that are part of the program. Participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program is voluntary.

Q: How does Girl Scouts ensure the safety of girls who sell cookies?

A: The safety and security of our members is always our chief concern. We have strict guidelines for safety. Girl Scouts, depending on their age, must be accompanied or supervised by an adult when selling Girl Scout Cookies and must always use the buddy system. Girls who are participating in online marketing initiatives (not online sales) must read and discuss the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge. Girls print out the pledge and ask their parents (or guardians), to read and sign the pledge together.

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