GIRL SCOUTS IN THE HEART OF PENNSYLVNIA ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF S’MORES COOKIE TO 2017 COOKIE LINEUP


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GIRL SCOUTS IN THE HEART OF PENNSYLVNIA ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF S’MORES COOKIE TO 2017 COOKIE LINEUP

New Variety Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies and Organization’s Historical Tie to the Campfire Treat

August 10, 2016 (Harrisburg, Pa.) –Today, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the organization will introduce two commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) will add one of the new cookies to its January 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas, and Trefoils®.

Girl Scouts of GSHPA will offer a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015.

”We are so excited for our cookie craving customers to try our new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie in 2017,” said Ellen Kyzer, MPA, GSHPA’s President and CEO. “S’mores play a delicious part of our Girl Scout history and our Girl Scouts’ futures. This cookie brings a new and tasty way for the community to support girls and the fun adventures that grow their everyday leadership skills through Girl Scouts.”

This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts. Like other similar consumer products, the cookie could be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting the cost of production.

Additionally, the organization will be prompting consumers to share how they “s’more” on social media, using #NationalSmoresDay and tagging @GirlScouts. “I was introduced to the s’more at Girl Scout Camp,” said Girl Scout alumna Kathy Pest from Lehamn, Pa. “For me to sit around the fire and learn what a s’more was is one of the favorite memories.”

The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s. The organization was one of the first to publish the iconic recipe under the name “Some More” in a 1925 issue of Girl Scout Leader magazine and, then, as “somemores” in an official 1927 Girl Scout publication. The popular s’mores recipe is just one component of Girl Scouts’ longstanding commitment to the outdoors, a cornerstone of the organization that plays a vital role in girls’ leadership development.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) More Than S’mores report, there is a clear connection between outdoor experiences and girls' understanding of their leadership potential. Girls who spend time outdoors through Girl Scouts eclipse their peers in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers, all of which are traits needed for twenty-first-century leadership. When consumers purchase a box of Girl Scout S'mores cookies or any other variety of Girl Scout Cookies, they are investing in a girl’s future and can feel good that their Girl Scout Cookie purchase powers amazing experiences for girls.

Girl Scout S’mores give consumers another scrumptious way to support all the positive things girls do to impact their community—using their cookie earnings—like donating a bulletproof vests for dogs in the K9 units or creating care packages to men and women serving in the military and stationed overseas.

To learn more about the new cookie varieties and find out when Girl Scouts will be selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free for your iOS or Android phone or mobile device. For more information about Girl Scouts and how to join or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org/join.