Girl Scout Cookies from the past

Girl Scout Cookies from the past

Girl Scout cookies have been a tradition of the Girl Scouts almost since the organization was founded, in 1912. The first Girl Scout cookies were simply cookies made and sold by Girl Scouts to benefit their local troops. One of the earliest reports details a troop selling cookies in their school cafeteria. As more troops began to make and sell cookies, the sales moved door-to-door in local neighborhoods. The cookies, which were fairly plain sugar cookies in the beginning, were sold for 25-35 cents per dozen. In 1936, the Girl Scout Council licensed the first commercial baker to mass produce cookies for all Girl Scouts to sell, and it was at that point that the real tradition of Girl Scout Cookie sales began. The same types of cookies were offered again and again, giving consumers something to look forward to.

While several types of cookies are the same every year, new cookies come and go on an annual basis. The current lineup includes: Trefoils (Shortbread Cookies), Thin Mints, Do-si-dos (Peanut Butter Sandwiches), Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties), Samoas (Caramel deLites), All Abouts (a.k.a. Animal Treasures, Thanks-A-Lots; Shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate), Lemon Chalet Cremes (sandwich cookies with lemon creme filling), Daisy Go Rounds (Low Fat and cinnamon flavored), Sugar Free Chocolate Chips, Dulce De Leche (Latin caramel cookies) and Lemonades (shortbread cookie with lemon icing).

While Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs and Do-si-dos are staples (and the most popular flavors), there have been lots of tasty cookies that have come and gone over the years.

There is no comprehensive list of all the now-retired Girl Scout cookies, so I’d like to hear about what cookies you remember from sales past. Here are a few names I’ve been able to come up with, dating from the 1970s to the 1990s – Lemon Coolers, Ice Berry Piñatas, Golden Nut Clusters, Trail Mix, Cabana Cremes, Country Hearth Chocolate Chip, Echo, Chocolate Chunk, Pecan Shortees, Medallions, Van’chos, Forget-Me-Nots and Granola cookies – and I’ve heard reference to things like Golden Yangles from even earlier sales!

Post any that you remember – names or descriptions – in the comments. I don’t want to miss out on any good cookies just because they aren’t being included in this year’s cookie sale.

106 comments

  1. Just in the last 5 years or so, there was a lemon sandwich cookie which was marketed as low fat. They were lower calorie than most of the others, but still a great little cookie. My teenaged son and I loved them. About 2 years ago, they disappeared. Sigh….

  2. I remember when the Juliettes/Golden Nut Clusters: Milk chocolate, caramel, and pecans (named after the San Diego county town of Julian where a Girl Scout Summer camp is held, i was there the year they came out and we had a big party :)) came out and then were gone after only a couple seasons. they was in a pretty blue box and so good.

  3. I remember the Savannahs that were what the peanut butter sandwich cookies were called in the ’70s. They were my second-best seller next to Thin Mints, of course.

  4. I’m from Canada & when I was a child I remember maple flavoured cookies.

  5. Like Gina, I remember the vanilla cookie-based Thin Mints–since I do not like chocolate cookies, I REALLY miss them and cannot remember the last time I bought a box :-(

  6. What was the name of the cookies that were in a blue box and one sleeve was chocolate cookies with vanilla creme and the other sleeve was vanilla cookie w/ vanilla creme

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