The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


February 19, 2014

Local Girl Scouts hold cookie tastings

Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Thank U Berry Munch, Dulce de Leche, Savannah Smiles — Just about everyone has a favorite Girl Scout Cookie.

Allison Hilbun, 9, of Troop 469 at Creekside Elementary School admits it’s hard to pick a favorite cookie, but she think it might be Thin Mints. The first-year Girl Scout likes them with milk sometimes and said the cookies “taste good.”

“It’s fun,” she said about the organization. “I like all of it.” So far Allison has sold about 80 boxes of Girl Scouts Cookies.

Her friend Kaitlyn Burroughs, 10, of Troop 1134 at Elkmont High School likes the Tagalongs because of the “peanut butter and chocolate” — of course. The fifth-year Girl Scout has sold about 200 boxes of cookies so far.

Kaitlyn offered a few tips such as Thin Mints are really good straight from the freezer. “They’re really good like that,” she said, adding milk is really good with them too. One of her family friends takes a sleeve of Thin Mints and crushes them up before tossing them with crushed graham crackers. The mixture is then added to Cool Whip and frozen in the freezer.

“They are really good,” Kaitlyn said.

Kaitlyn enjoys Girl Scout meetings with her friends. Her cookie-selling goal is to make enough money to go to camp.

The two girls joined other troops and leaders Tuesday to help during a free Girl Scout Tasting, hosted by Girls Scouts of North Central Alabama, Tuesday at the Athens Recreation Center.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics, according to Community Development Manager Debbie Hicks of Girls Scouts of North-Central Alabama. Girls decide how they will use proceeds from sales throughout the year. All of the proceeds from Limestone County Girl Scout Cookie sales stay in North-Central Alabama, according to Debbie.

“Every troop has a goal,” she said, adding the money raised, also know as ‘Cookie Dough,’ goes to camp or other activities troops want to take part in such as trips and troop camping.

Girl Scouts are also involved in the community and take on different community causes like cookies for troops.

“Limestone County ships hundreds of boxes of cookies overseas to troops,” Debbie said.

The event was the Limestone-area troops first cookie tasting, but they hope to make it an annual event.

“I wanted to do something to get the word over the county,” she said. “I want people to realize the Girl Scouts are here. Come join us.

“It is cookie season so I wanted to give people a one-stop shopping location to buy some cookies. I also wanted people to see what we do and what we do with our cookie money. We are very proactive in doing community service with our monies. It’s a lot of fun and the girls work really, really hard.”

Debbie’s favorite cookie is the Do-Si-Dos. She said they are just as good eaten whole or broken apart so you can eat the peanut butter first. “I can eat them any way, shape or form.”

She also uses them in recipes. When she makes lemon meringue pie, she breaks up Savannah Smiles cookies and uses them to make the crust.

Cookie season runs through March. Troops will be selling cookies at a number of locations.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Debbie said.


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