March 23, 2006


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The Thin Mints are here
Girl Scouts begin their single-box sale season
By Susan Reilly

A Girl Scout probably knocked on your door a few weeks ago selling Thin Mints or Tagalongs or a co-worker waved an order form at you, collecting your orders.

Those cookies should be reaching you now. But if you didn’t order enough Samoas or your chance to get an annual fix of cookies never arrived, fear not. The end of ordering season means the beginning of box sales.

The sale is not only the Girl Scouts’ biggest fundraiser but it also makes up about 5 percent of annual cookie purchases in the U.S., according to a recent report on the NPR show Marketplace Money. Thin Mints are by far the most popular flavor.

Approximately 70 percent of the cookie proceeds stay in the area to help pay for activities for local troops. Locally, they sell for about $3.50 a box — pricey, but hey, when else is social good both tasty and kosher?

Delicious Donation
What can your $3.50 buy you?

• Samoas: Inside, doughnut-shaped crunch cookies. Outside, delicious, caramel-y coating of toasted coconut with a chocolate striping.

• Lemon coolers: Crispy lemon flavored cookies covered with powdered sugar. Reduced fat, but only if consumed in reasonable quantities, which is unlikely.

• Trefoil: Short-bread shaped like the Girl Scouts logo. A good dunker cookie.

• Tagalong: A cookie topped with peanut butter and covered in chocolate. Think a milder, crisper Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

• Do Si Do: Think NutterButter but with a crunchier, oatmeal-ish peanut butter cookie on either side of a tasty creamy peanut butter filling.

• Café Cookie: Thin, crispy brown sugar cookie with a bit of cinnamon flavors.

• All Abouts: Similar in taste to the striped Keebler cookies, this shortbead cookie has a chocolate bottom.

• Thin Mints: The granddaddy of Girl Scout cookies, a thin minty wafer is covered by delicious chocolate. This cookie is tasty plain or with ice cream (vanilla or chocolate work well) and fantastic when frozen.

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Get your fix
The local Girl Scouts of Swift Water Council will hold box sales around the state in the coming weeks. For all their locations, check out their Web site,
• March 24 — Harvest Market on Route 101 in Bedford from 4 to 7 p.m.
• March 25 — Super Shell off exit 4 of Everett Turnpike in Nashua from 7 to 11 a.m.; Harvest Market on Route 101 in Bedford from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Trickett Woodworking on 28 Bypass in Auburn from 8 a.m. to noon; the EMS at the Mall of New Hampshire on S. Willow Street in Manchester from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Stop & Shop in Bedford from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the Wal-Mart, 30 Manchester Road, Derry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bales School on Elm Street in Milford from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• March 26 — Wal-Mart, 17 Colby Court, Bedford; Stop-N-Shop, Route 101A, Milford, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sam’s Club in Hudson from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
• March 29 — Transfer Station, 77 Chubbuck Road, Bedford, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• March 31 — Sam’s Club, 200 John Devine Drive, Manchester, from 4 to 8 p.m.
• April 1 — Transfer Station, 77 Chubbuck Road, Bedford, from 8 a.m. to noon
• April 2 — Shaw’s, 300 Main St., Nashua, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Shaw’s on Fort Eddy Road in Concord from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• April 4 — Movie Scene at Crossroads Mall in Londonderry from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• April 8 — Wal-Mart, 254 Lowell Road, Hudson, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• April 9 — Wal-Mart, 254 Lowell Road, Hudson, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• April 11 — Merrimack Upper Elementary in Merrimack from 3 to 8 p.m.
• April 15 — Wal-Mart on Route 101A Amherst from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Bales School on Elm Street in Milford from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• April 18 — Movie Scene at Crossroads Mall in Londonderry from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
• April 22 — Shaws on Route 114 in Goffstown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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