Girl Scout cookies are back with new flavor: Savannah Smiles

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Girl Scout cookies are back, and there’s a new face in the bunch: Savannah Smiles.

It’s described as a ‘cool and crisp lemon wedge cookie’ that looks like -- you guessed it -- a smile. The new treat honors Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, who hailed from Savannah, Ga., as well as the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts spokesman Joshua Ackley told The Times.

Girl Scout troops nationwide are scheduled to hold rallies Tuesday to kick off the Girls Scouts cookie-buying season. Translation: Colleagues with daughters will soon hit you up to buy a box -- or 20 -- and diets will soon be dashed in favor of Thin Mints, Do-si-dos and Samoas.


Speaking of diets: How does this new cookie stack up? Five cookies -- considered one serving -- will set you back 140 calories. Each serving has 5 grams of fat (including 1.5 grams of saturated fat), 23 grams of carbs and one gram of protein.

Cookie-selling is big business for the Girl Scouts, accounting for $760 million in sales in 2011, Ackley said. He stressed that 100% of the profit ‘goes straight to the councils, and the girls.’

The new cookie kicks off a big year for the Girl Scouts. The organization has a new leader -- chief executive Anna Maria Chavez -- and will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a variety of events, starting with the declaration of 2012 as the ‘Year of the Girl.’

The organization is also launching an initiative to groom girls for leadership posts, calling it the largest such campaign in the nation’s history. And next month, Chavez will join congressional leaders in launching a new dialogue about girls’ futures.

Part of the impetus for this leadership focus? A survey showing that 61% of girls are either deeply ambivalent about leadership, or say that it’s not important to them at all.

‘It’s only appropriate that this special year has a special cookie,’ Ackley said.



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