Two new Girl Scout cookies, including a gluten-free cookie, are joining the Girl Scout Cookie ranks when local sales begin Friday.
The gluten-free Toffee-tastic cookie is a rich, buttery cookie with golden toffee bits, and Rah-Rah Raisins is a crispy oatmeal cookie with raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks. The two cookies join favorites like Thin Mints, Samoas (celebrating its 40th birthday), Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, and Savannah Smiles. All cookies are preservative-free, kosher, with zero trans fat per serving.
Girl Scouts Louisiana East is piloting the sale of the gluten-free cookie at $5 per box, with all other cookie varieties remaining at $4 per box, upon delivery.
“It’s something customers are requesting more and more across the country,” said Alisha Moore, vice president of sales at Girl Scouts Louisiana East. “We’re interested to see whether southeast Louisiana customers embrace the cookie as well.”
Girl Scouts will take their initial cookie orders from Jan. 16 to Feb. 1 and will sell them at booth locations throughout the council’s 23 parishes from Feb. 27 through March 15.
With the introduction of Digital Cookie, an online platform that allows girls to sell cookies online for the first time through personalized websites and email marketing, the local council hopes to increase its cookie sales, which topped 1 million boxes in 2014.
All proceeds remain within the council’s jurisdiction, funding troop activities with the remainder helping the council to maintain properties, train and recruit volunteers, and support council initiatives.
Girl Scouts Louisiana East serves girls in grades kindergarten through 12th in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana. For information about Girl Scouts, call the council office in New Orleans at (504) 733-8220 or visit www.gsle.org.