Girl Scout Cookies on sale through Jan. 27

• Girl Scout Snack Bars are now also available, in addition to the traditional cookie favorites

Staff Report

Girl Scout Cookie orders are being taken through Jan. 27, with delivery in mid-February. If you’re not approached by a Girl Scout, you can e-mail, and your cookie order will be passed on to a local Girl Scout.

This year’s cookie lineup includes Do-Si-Dos, a crunchy oatmeal cookie with peanut butter, and Samoas, a vanilla cookie covered with caramel, coconut and a rich, chocolaty coating.

Of course, you can’t forget Tagalongs, a tasty cookie topped with peanut butter and chocolate, or Thin Mints, the thin wafer covered with a smooth chocolaty coating and made with natural peppermint.

Girls will also take orders for Trefoils, a delicate-tasting shortbread, and Savannah Smiles, a cool and crisp lemon wedge cookie.

Each cookie variety is on sale for $4 a box.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) has been chosen as one of only six councils across the nation to pilot two varieties of Girl Scout Snack Bars during the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Tagalongs Snack Bars feature rolled oats, cereal flakes and chocolaty granola combined with peanut butter chips. Double Dutch Snack Bars are made of rolled oats, cereal flakes and granola, sprinkled with dark chocolate chips and a chocolaty drizzle. Local Girl Scouts will offer bars by the box with five bars per box. The new snack bars are $5 a box.

Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program directly benefit girls in northern Illinois, supporting Girl Scout programs, camp scholarships, volunteer training, membership assistance and outreach programs. Each troop receives a portion of the proceeds as discretionary funds for troop activities.

Girls also have the opportunity to give back to their community through the Girl Scout Cookie Program with the Gift of Caring: Cookies for the Military or the Community Gift of Caring. Girls can choose from offering customers the chance to purchase cookies for soldiers, or purchase cookies for a community organization designated by the troop.

GSNI serves nearly 20,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties. Visit or call 1-800-242-5591 for more details.

From the Jan. 9-15, 2013, issue

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