The Girl Scouts are introducing a new cookie when they kick off their 2019 selling season. In addition to buying their classics like Tagalongs, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Samoas, S'mores, Do-si-dos, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, and Savannah Smiles, many across the country will also get the chance to buy Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies.
The new chewy cookie features semi-sweet chocolate chips, rich caramel, and sea salt in every bite. To make it even more appealing, it is part of the gluten-free lineup, just like Toffee-tastic. It sounds absolutely delicious, and the organization is expecting the flavor to be a hit.
"The flavor is on trend: chocolate and caramel cookie flavor combinations are increasingly popular among consumers," said Stewart Goodbody, the Senior Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Girl Scouts of the USA told TODAY Food.
He added that gluten-free options are popular with millennial customers, and that was a big factor in releasing the new Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor.
The Girl Scout cookie-selling season officially begins on January 2nd, and the new flavor will be available in select locations across the country. Each cookie purchase goes toward supporting your local troop's activities like community service projects and outdoor trips.
The cookie program is designed to help Girl Scout members learn skills like money management, goal-setting, decision-making, people skills, and business ethics. And, Girl Scout USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo says that it plays a powerful role in developing "financially savvy girl leaders." She adds that the cookie program also helps the girls "become successful in their future careers, no matter what path they choose."
The new flavor also means that the Girl Scouts will have a gluten-free option in every region of the country. In addition to the Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie and Toffee-tastic, other gluten-free options include Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, and Tagalongs.
However, the new flavor won't be available everywhere, so contact your local Girl Scout council to see what options will be available near you. Luckily, we live in a time that you can easily order from scouts in other parts of the country if the flavor you want isn't in your area.
And, because different regions and Girl Scout councils use different bakers, the cookies can vary slightly in the name. Which means the Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie might have a different name in your area, just like some areas know Do-Si-Dos as "Peanut Butter Sandwiches," Trefoils as "Shortbread," and Tagalongs are "Peanut Butter Patties."
If you want to get in contact with your local council so you can get more details and plan for the 2019 cookie season, check out their website.