It's finally here: Girl Scout cookies are on the market. Prowl your closest supermarket or shopping mall between now and April for the familiar green Girl Scout booth and stock up on popular cookie flavors like Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs, available only during the short, fleeting Girl Scout cookie season. It behooves you to stock up; hoarding boxes is not unheard of.
And if you're a fan of Girl Scout S'mores, you'll definitely want to consider a bulk order. Scores of cookie fiends will have their fill this season with the return of the crowd favorite. S'mores cookies, which debuted in 2017, became the most popular flavor that Girl Scouts has ever seen, and this year marks the cookie's much-anticipated, triumphant return. Available in two flavors, one is double-dipped in chocolate icing, the other is filled with marshmallow and chocolate and sandwiched between two crunchy graham cookies.
Girl Scouts announced that more than 1 million girls sell cookies each year, bringing $800 million in total sales last season. Their popularity has carved out a special place in people's hearts (and pantries). One hundred percent of cookie sales each year benefit the local Girl Scout council and every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) build entrepreneurial skills to lead and gain valuable life-changing experiences. Girl Scout cookies sales vary between cities, so check the Girl Scouts official website for exact date and locations.
Elsewhere, sommeliers and cicerones are abuzz with Girl Scouts cookie launch. Beer & Brewing Magazine's editors compiled a comprehensive cookie-and-beer pairing to celebrate the lauded season. The crowd favorite graham cracker sandwich, S'mores, complements sweet or roasty stouts well and contrasts even better with tart, fruity sour beers like Breakside Brewery Passionfruit Sour Ale.
Doyle's Vineyard in Durham, North Carolina, is also celebrating the kickoff of 2018's cookie season with a special Girl Scout Cookie and Wine pairing event so people can discover their favorite decadent duo. Cookie and alcohol pairings, to some less epicurean, may seem like a gastronomer's idea gone too far. But Thin Mints and Brunello takes cookie-eating to a whole new level. Scout's honor.