11 Surprising Secrets About Girl Scout Cookies

We dish up who-knew, fun facts about Girl Scout Cookies, America's most beloved treat.

Adapted from Matt Stopera at Buzzfeed.com with additional reporting by Perri O. Blumberg
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From January through March of each year, Girl Scout cookies are the number one cookie brand in the United States.

The rest of the year, Oreos top the bestselling cookie list.

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About 200 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold each year.


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Americans loves themselves some Thin Mints.

Thin Mints account for a quarter of all sales. Samoas/Caramel deLites make up 19% of sales, and Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs come in at 13%.


How many Thin Mints?

During peak bake times, Girl Scout cookie producers bake over 4.5 million Thin Mints per day. That's right, per day.

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The Girl Scouts recipes are keeping with the times.

No preservatives, "zero trans fats per serving"—plus, Thin Mints, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Peanut Butter Patties Girl Scout Cookies are vegan.

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The most fat and calories?

That would be the “healthy,” nutrient-enriched new Mango Crèmes.

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The box might be a little lighter than you remember.

In 2009, the cost of baking Girl Scout cookies rose, but rather than opt for a price spike, the organization downsized the size of the Lemon Chalet Cremes and stuffed fewer cookies in boxes of Thin Mints and Tagalongs.

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The first cookies were home-baked.

Before the business exploded, in the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts around America baked their own sugar cookies and sold them to raise money for their activities.

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During World War II, cookie sales were put on hold.

Due to sugar, flour, and butter shortages caused by the war, in 1942, Girl Scouts sold calendars in lieu of cookies.

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In 1933, Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia Council sold cookies in the city's gas and electric company windows.

Then, a box of 44 cookies rang in at 23 cents, or you could splurge for six boxes at $1.24.

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Cookie sales aside, Girl Scouts are leaders.

Fifty-nine percent of women in the U.S. Senate and 60 percent of women in the House of Representatives are Girl Scouts alumnae.

Sources: ABC Smart Cookies, officially licensed Girl Scout Cookie baker for more than 75 years, GirlScouts.org, MentalFloss.com

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