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Cookies rule! – Girl Scouts kick sales off with event

By Staff | Jan 15, 2008

FORT DODGE–Saturday was a real adventure for some Troop 302 Girl Scouts from Estherville who traveled to Fort Dodge to take part in the first-ever Girl Scout Coolie Construction contest.

Coral Franklin and Mariajose Rodriguez were joined by master cookie builder, yours truly.

The object was to build something from cookies and whatever else was available on the table, including styrofoam, cookie boxes and some surprise items, which for the Estherville team included two beach umbrellas.

Coral and Mariajose chose ‘A birthday at the beach’ as their theme and created Akmed the Octopus, for which they received the Most Creative award. They spread chocolate frosting on a base then put down sand, or crumbled Shortbread cookies. Then, using styrofoam circles as a frame, they covered Akmed with Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies. For his tentacles, Akmed had Caramel deLites (formerly Samoas) with Cinna-Spins for his suckers. Coral and Mariajose also built beach tables for their beach umbrellas.

The purpose of the first-ever Cookie Construction contest was to draw attention to the Girls Scout cookie drive which began Jan. 11 and goes through Feb. 3. The price per box is $3.50 with $2.65 staying within the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa jurisdiction.

Flavors this year include:

n Cinna-Spins — These new cookies are crispy oatmeal rounds with a cinnamon burst in every bite.

nCaramel deLites — Delicate vanilla cookies drenched in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with cocoa stripes.

n Peanut Butter Patties — Crispy vanilla cookies layered with real peanut butter and blanketed with a chocolaty coating.

n Shortbread — Traditional favorite with a buttery, light flavor.

n Thin Mints — Thin chocolate wafers dipped in a rich chocolaty coating with a burst of pure peppermint.

n Peanut Butter Sandwich — Deliciously smooth peanut butter sandwiched between crunchy oatmeal cookies.

n Thanks-A-Lot — Heart-warming shortbread cookies dipped in a rich fudge and topped with an embossed Thank You message in one of five languages.

n Lemonades — Savory slices of shortbread with a refreshing tangy lemon icing.

The annual cookie sale teaches Girl Scouts goal setting, decision making, advertising, sales strategies, and human relations. Girl Scout cookies have zero trans fat and no preservatives or artificial colorings.

Following are some fun facts about Girl Scout cookies:

n Girl Scout cookies were first sold in Central Iowa in 1936.

n Last year 2.5 million Girl Scouts sold nearly 170 million boxes of cookies.

n Girl Scout cookies are the second most popular brand of cookies in the U.S.

n The best seller in Greater Iowa is Thin Mints.

n If all the Girl Scout cookies sold last year were placed side by side, the boxes would circle the earth.

n It takes more than 1,200 packages of cookies to purchase a tent for camp.

n It takes almost 50 packages of cookies to train a new leader.

If a Girl Scout does not contact you about this year’s cookie sale, call the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa toll-free at 1-800-342-8389. Cookies will be delivered March 8-23.

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