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They’re just the best cookies...

It’s Girl Scout cookie time. And as much as we all like to complain about the narrow window of opportunity, we know that’s one of the reasons we love them so.Still, there are those Thin Mints (an extra box must be bought and stashed in the freezer) and Tagalongs and Do-Si-Does and, well, there’s not one in the eight varieties sold here that doesn’t have its fans.Speaking of which, the mix of chocolate, caramel and coconut that is Samoas has more than a half-million fans on its own Facebook page.But fear not the technology. The cookies are still sold the old-fashioned way, as they have been for most of the 100 years Girl Scouting has been around; by sweet little girls in badge-covered smocks and sashes. And yes, while there’s a big anniversary to be celebrated this year, some of the youngest troop members, Daisy Girl Scouts, were yet to be on that page. For now, it’s about the cookies. Sales began this week and continue through Feb. 5. Orders will be delivered in early March. Troops have the option of holding booth sales, selling directly to customers in March, and there are assurances of finding them at Stop & Shop, at least.All the favorites are back, along with a new flavor; Savannah Smiles. The lemony wedges were created in honor of founder Juliette Gordon Low and her hometown in Georgia from which Girl Scouting grew.At North Canaan Elementary School (NCES), Daisy Troop 40185 is a bright, bubbly, wiggly group of about a dozen first-graders. At a recent after-school meeting, they prepped for the sale. Last year, their troop sold about 1,500 boxes, so this year’s goal is to beat that.They were coached to give customers a chance to buy at least one extra box for Cookies for Heroes. GSA will send donated cookies to military personnel here and abroad.A poll of the troop produced a predictable result that Thin Mints are the favorite, followed by Tagalongs and Samoas. But it was far from scientific. Many girls raised their hands to indicate their favorite every time a cookie was mentioned.Before they headed out with order sheets in hand, they enthusiastically agreed to talk about scouting and cookies, and pose for photos with their favorites. “Selling cookies” (they live in the moment) was the popular answer when they were asked to mention one thing about Girl Scouts. Although Sadie Clark raised up arts and crafts because, “Sometimes we make things for everybody in the world, and maybe for the president.”Ella Hewins summed it up as, “really fun!”They guessed Girl Scouts of America was anywhere from 5 to 1 million years old. Emma Crane hit 100 on the nose with a calculated guess.Getting to the matter at hand, the Daisies each thought carefully about a cookie-selling strategy. Who did they predict would be their best customer?Lily Najdek was asking mom first (an NCES teacher). Hopefully, she will buy more than the two boxes predicted.Caitlin Sorrell was leaving her options open, but counting on family, as was Isabella Riemer.Alyssa Tatro will hit up her grandfather for “maybe 10” boxes. He likes them a lot.Dylan Mayo set a personal goal to sell 100 boxes.Brynn Bergin is counting on Mrs. Merrill, an NCES teacher, who has “like four children.” Full disclosure: Brynn’s mom is also a teacher there.“My parents love ‘em a lot,” said Lindsey Drislane. “Dad usually buys three boxes and Mom usually buys four. They share with us.”Lauren Ralph has a gold mine at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where her sister works.“Lots of people there love Girl Scout cookies. Last year, I sold like 106 boxes.”Not to be outdone was Emma Crane, who is sure her teacher, Mrs. Augustine, will buy enough cookies for their whole class (and her son).A reminder: Girl Scouts no longer sell door-to-door. For information on who’s selling them in your area, go to gsofct.org or call 800-922-2770 ext. 3305.

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