Girl Scout Cookie History in a Nutshell!
1917 Mistletoe Scout Troop (Muskogee, OK) makes/sells cookies at high school 1922 First Girl Scout cookie recipe published in American Girl magazine 1934 Girl Scouts from the Greater Philadelphia Council sell first commercially baked cookies 1935 Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York uses trefoil-shaped die to create uniform shaped cookies. 1937 Over 125 Girl Scout troops sold cookies WWII Girl Scout cookies sales halted, due to key ingredient shortages 1948 29 commercial bakers licensed to bake Girl Scout cookies 1951 Three varieties of cookie were distributed: Shortbread, Chocolate Mints (Thin Mint predecessor) and Sandwich. 1956 Chocolate based filled cookie added to assortment 1960 Girl Scout cookie packaging altered to preserve freshness 1961 14 commercial bakers licensed to produce Girl Scout cookies 1966 Peanut Butter Sandwich added to cookie assortment 1978 Licensed commercial bakers reduced to 4; packaging designs made uniform 1979 Girl Scout logo used on cookie boxes updated to more contemporary design 1982 Thin Mints, Shortbread, and Sandwiches were offered nation-wide; four optional cookie flavors were regionally available. 1984 Special decorative tins for Girl Scout Cookie gift samples 1990s Commercial bakers consolidated to two—producing eight types of cookies in the assortment 1998 One more commercial bakery licensed to make cookies Awards for Cookie Drive participation are initiated. Go Directly to Official Girl Scout Cookie Website
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