Cookie Facts & Figures

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada

Girl Scout Cookies are a familiar part of American culture. As early as 1917, there are records that Girl Scouts sold cookies to raise money for their troop projects. The first national cookie sale took place in 1936. Since that time, the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program has grown into the largest girl-run business in the country.

Over the years, cookie varieties have come and gone in response to changing consumer tastes. Where does your favorite cookie rank on the most recent popularity rating of Girl Scout Cookies?

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Our council, the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, works with the oldest and most experienced licensed Girl Scout Cookie baker, ABC Baker.

More fun cookie facts

  • Each year, Girl Scouts sell almost 200 million packages of Girl Scout Cookies!
  • Our cookies are made with pure vegetable shortening and all eight varieties are kosher.
  • Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookies speak five different languages—English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Swahili!
  • Thin Mints and Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookies are vegan.

How the cookie crumbles

While the popularity of cookies comes and goes, one fact remains the same. All net proceeds support Girl Scouting locally, no money is sent to the national organization. A portion of the proceeds remains with the council to help recruit and train volunteers, maintain campsites and support council-wide programs. Cookie Program income also helps us provide camp scholarships and financial assistance to troops with girls from low-income families and neighborhoods.

The remainder of the earnings goes directly to the Girl Scout troops. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the few programs in the country to let youth decide how to direct proceeds from their business activity. Troops use their money for camp outings, field trips, community service projects and other activities. Giving girls decision-making over financial goal setting, budgeting and spending is an invaluable and empowering experience.