Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The History of the Girl Scout Cookie

Yummmm. Girl Scout cookies. This yearly treat is a favorite among many. And everyone has an opinion about which one is the best.

Girl Scout cookies have been around since 1917. So if your grandma or great-grandma was a girl scout, chances are she helped sell these delicious treats. When the idea started, the girls baked the cookies at their house and then sold them. an early cookie recipe can be found at http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/cookie_history/early_years.asp. This site also provides a history of the cookies from their beginning through the decades. During the World War II years when there was rationing and shortages, the Girl Scouts had to sell calenders instead of cookies. Another history of the cookies, including a picture of two girls baking those early creations can be found at http://www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu/palitmap/GirlScoutCookies.html.

If you would like to reminisce about old cookie flavors, the Little Brownie Baker, an official baker of Girl Scout Cookies has a timeline with the what cookies they were baking during those years. The timeline starts in 1974 and continues to present day, http://www.littlebrowniebakers.com/cookies/cookies_history.html.

The Wikipedia article on Girl Scout Cookies, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_Scout_cookie, even has a list of movies and TV shows that Girl Scout cookies have been featured in.

1 comment:

Greta Koehl said...

Brings back memories of my girls' years in Girl Scouts and my four years as a Cookie Mom. Many hours of work for all of us.