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Posted: January 8th, 2012
New “healthier” Girl Scout cookie unveiled: Savannah Smiles

This weekend is the launch of the annual Girl Scout cookie sale, which means purchasing the obligatory case of cookies from the cute little girl next door. Or, in our case, my husband’s cute little granddaughter.

Much as I love ‘em, I hate ‘em. I always have been a sucker for the crowd-pleasing Thin Mints, which GSA claims is responsible for one quarter of all of its cookie sales. Thankfully, I can’t eat them because of my wheat problem. But that means my husband will feel obliged and my son will be getting boxes of them in his care packages at college. My next favorite is the Samoas, which simply taste like a candy bar to me. However, there is a new cookie on the block.

Savannah Smiles are crescent-shaped, powdered lemon cookies. Yum. That brings the total of different cookies offered by the green-clad girls to 11. Savannah Smiles are the company’s first attempt to make a lower calorie, less fat cookie. A serving of five cookies has 140 calories, 45 of them from fat, according to Little Brownie Bakers, the baking company that makes the cookies. That compared for the same number of calories in just two Samoas or Tagalongs.

If you visit the cookie website, there are all kinds of fun facts about Girl Scout cookies, such as the fact that 4.5 million Thin Mints are made in one day during peak baking season.

Girl Scouts of America has been selling cookies since 1917. It is a big moneymaker. And at $3.50 to $4 a box, the cookies aren’t cheap. But most of the money, after covering the cost of cookie production, according to the GSA, stays with the local troop or regional council.


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