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How Did Girl Scout Cookies Become A Thing? Plus, Your Stories Of Cookie Peddling

Girl Scouts sell cookies on February 8, 2013 in New York City.
Girl Scouts sell cookies on February 8, 2013 in New York City.
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The holidays may be over, but the season for cookies is just beginning. We’re, of course, talking about Girl Scouts cookies.

Everyone has their coveted, beloved picks. A highly official internal AirTalk staff poll puts Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs at the top of the list. Preferred methods of consumption range from straight out of the box to frozen ahead of time. 

For many, cookie season triggers memories of selling cookies -- outside groceries stores, through parents and even door-to-door. Today, we want to hear those stories. 

We go back through the history of how cookies became so integral to the Girl Scouts. Plus, we want to hear your anecdotes of young entrepreneurship, interactions with strangers and awkward encounters pursued in service of selling another box of Trefoils. As parenting styles and safety concerns have changed, having selling methods changed? If you’re a parent of a Girl Scout, how do you approach cookie season? Call us at 866-893-5722.


Anne Ewbank, associate editor of Gastro Obscura, Atlas Obscura’s food vertical; her article is “The First Girl Scout Cookie Was Surprisingly Boring