And four other things you should know about Girl Scout cookie season.
This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.
Sure, you might be doing Whole 30 this January or some other diet, but that might all come to an end rather soon. Why? Because Girl Scout Season has begun! That’s right, your offices will soon be passing around an order form, and smiling girls in uniforms will greet you as you exit the grocery store—and how can you say no to those faces, let alone the incredible taste of a Caramel De Lite (also known as Samoas)? Here, a refresher of everything you need to know to get your hands on one of those rectangle boxes from the Girl Scouts of America.
1. When is Girl Scout cookie season?
Girl scout cookies season officially started on January 3, 2018, the Girl Scouts of American announced in a press release. But that doesn’t mean that your local troop is selling right now. According to the Girl Scout’s FAQ page, local councils’ individual cookie seasons vary throughout the rest of the winter and spring, taking place between January and April. Since girls are the only people allowed to sell the cookies, their local council limit their sales between six and eight weeks.
2. How can I buy Girl Scout cookies in 2018?
You either can buy directly from your favorite girl scout in person, use their Digital Cookie platform, or find an official cookie booth using the Girl Scout Cookie website’s “Find Cookies!” tool or the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app (available for iOS and Android).
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3. Can I buy Girl Scout cookies online?
You can! But it’s not as easy as going on Amazon or ordering directly from the Girl Scout’s website. In fact, the Girl Scouts of America specifically warn against buying cookies from anyone who is not a girl scout in case the cookies are actually expired or knock-offs. In 2014, Girl Scouts launched the Digital Cookie platform. You need to know a girl scout to access her digital platform account. If you don’t know a girl scout, you can log onto Girl Scout’s digital cookie page, find your local participating council, and then contact the head of the council to gain access to a seller’s platform.
4. What Girl Scout cookie types are on sale this year?
This year, customers can buy Girl Scout S’mores, Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Shortbread/Trefoils, Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-A-Lot, Toffee-tastic, and Trios cookies. Toffee-tastic and trios are both gluten-free cookies! The Girl Scout cookie names and availability change according to where they are being sold.
5. How much do Girl Scout cookies cost?
Girl scout cookies vary from location to location, but you can expect to pay $5 a box. According to CNBC, most Girl Scout councils hiked the price to $5 in 2015, up from the average cost of $4 a box. Since 2015, there haven’t been reported widespread price increases.