The Girl Scouts of Eastern PA (GSEP) began sales of their famous cookies on Jan. 16, and will continue cookie sales through March 9.
In addition to providing cookie-lovers with that special "only comes around once a year" feeling, the program also gives participating Girl Scouts the chance to hone five important life skills: goal setting, money management, business ethics, people skills and decision making.
The cost for a box of cookies is $4. There are two new cookie flavors available this year – the Cranberry Citrus Crisp and the gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread (GSEP has partnered with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness to promote the new gluten-free cookie).
Also available for 2014 will be the mainstays: Thin Mints, Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Peanut Butter Sandwiches.
St. Anastasia's 3rd Grade Brownie Troop #51095 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies from 4 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 17 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Panera Bread in Newtown Square.
You can find more local places to buy cookies here or download the cookie finder app here.
Girl Scout Cookie Fun Facts
The Girl Scout cookie program began right here in Philadelphia in 1933.
The cost of a box of cookies in 1933 was just 23 cents.