Girl Scout cookie season is underway in Arizona, which means cookie connoisseurs can begin clearing a space in their pantry.
Every year, more than 1 million scouts in the U.S. sell about 200 million boxes of cookies, USA TODAY reported. The fundraiser generates $800 million, with proceeds going to the local council and troop to fund community projects for the girls.
Girl Scout cookies have gained a cult following, inspiring stores from Aldi to Dollar General to sell knockoff versions of Samoas, Thin Mints and Tagalongs.
For people looking to support local Girl Scout troops in Arizona, here’s how:
When is Girl Scout cookie season in Arizona?
Girl Scout cookie season in Arizona usually runs for six weeks every year.
The Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, which serves Phoenix as well as greater central and northern Arizona, sets up shop Jan. 18 to Feb. 28.
The cookie program organized by Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, which includes Tucson and Yuma, runs Jan. 16 to Feb. 28.
Where can I buy Girl Scout cookies in Arizona?
There are several different ways to buy Girl Scout cookies in Arizona, with a few adjustments made for COVID-19 precautions. People can find the nearest seller by typing in their ZIP code at https://www.girlscoutsaz.org/en/cookies/find-cookies.html.
Traditional booths: Girl Scouts will continue to set up booths at grocery stores and retailers. Organization leaders are asking scouts to wear masks and have adults stationed with sanitizing products at each booth.
Online delivery and pickup: Starting Feb. 1, Girl Scouts of the USA plans to release a link where customers can purchase cookies directly from local troops by entering their ZIP code. Cookies will be shipped directly to the customer, with proceeds going to that troop.
People who personally know a Girl Scout have another way to buy cookies from them. Girl Scouts can also invite people to their personal Digital Cookie app page, where people have the option of purchasing cookies for pickup or home delivery.
Drive-thru booths: Some troops are coordinating drive-thru booths in parking lots, allowing more space for social distancing. Customers are required to wear masks to make an order, according to a press release.
What’s the price of a box of Girl Scout cookies?
The following Girl Scout cookie flavors are available in Arizona:
- Thin Mints: Vegan, mint-flavored cookies with chocolate coating.
- Samoas: Shortbread cookies topped with caramel, toasted coconut and dark chocolate stripes.
- Tagalongs: Cookies with peanut butter layer, covered with chocolate coating.
- Lemon-Ups: Lemon-flavored butter cookie with lemon icing and positive message baked on top.
- Trefoils: Traditional shortbread cookies.
- Do-si-dos: Crunchy oatmeal cookies sandwiching peanut butter filling.
- Girl Scout S’mores: Crunchy graham cookies sandwiching a creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling.
- Toffee-tastics: Buttery, gluten-free cookies with sweet, crunchy toffee bits.
Toffee-tastics are available in limited quantities and only troops that have opted into selling this flavor will have them. Girl Scouts of the USA also introduced a new cookie flavor, Toast Yay!, but this will not be available in Arizona.
Each box of cookies costs $5, except for Girl Scout S’mores and Toffee-tastics, which cost $6.