Girl Scout Cookies Launches New Flavor: Raspberry Rally Coming Soon

Girl Scout Cookie season is nearly five months away, but the national organization has announced a new cookie flavor for 2023.

Raspberry Rally cookies, described as the “sister” cookie to the beloved Thin Mints, will soon join the national line of Girls Scout cookies, a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts USA told the Daily Press last week.

The new Raspberry Cookie is a disc infused with raspberry flavor and dipped in the same chocolatey coating as the Thin Mint.

The new cookie will be the first in the Girl Scout line of cookies to be exclusively offered for direct shipping online only, improving e-commerce sales and girls’ entrepreneurial skills, the nonprofit organization said.

Proceeds from in-person and online cookie orders directly benefit local councils and troops.

Girl Scout cookie season is nationally recognized from January to April, but local timing varies.

The Raspberry Rally will be available online only during Girl Scout Cookie season.

The expectations of cookie fans

Girl Scout cookie fans in the High Desert shared their thoughts and expectations for the new offering, which was created by ABC Bakery in Richmond, Virginia.

The other commercial baker used by the Girl Scouts is Little Brownie Bakers, based in Louisville, Ky., which offers a slightly different cookie menu.

Colleen Calderon says the Raspberry Rally Cookie just might heal her broken heart after ABC Bakery introduced the S’Mores Girl Scout Cookie in 2017 and discontinued them last year.

“The new Raspberry Rally Cookies look awesome,” said Hesperia resident Calderon. “I will definitely buy these cookies. I can’t wait for them to be available.

Marilyn Vaughn, who grew up in the ’60s and still has her original Boy Scout uniform she bought for $7.99 at JCPenney, said she was excited to try the new raspberry-flavored offering.

“These cookies look amazing because raspberry is my favorite flavor,” Vaughn said. “After trying one, when they come out, I’ll let you know what I really think of them.”

Vaughn said she still has several Girl Scout award badges left since selling cookies for 50 cents a box.

Each year, Oak Hills resident Kathy Franklyn buys 24 boxes of Thin Mints for her family and stores them in her freezer to eat throughout the year.

“I’ll probably buy a few boxes and try them out,” Franklyn said. “If they’re good, I’ll buy more, which means I’ll have to make room in my freezer.”

Cookies

The new Raspberry Rally joins a line of 12 cookie varieties from ABC Bakery that includes Thin Mints, Lemonades, Shortbread, Caramel Delites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Toast-Yay ! and gluten-free caramel chocolate chips.

According to the Girl Scouts, the five most popular cookie flavors are:

  1. Fine mints: Crispy chocolate cookies dipped in a delicious chocolate mint coating.
  2. Caramel from Lites/Samoas: Crispy cookies with caramel, coconut and chocolate stripes.
  3. Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs: Crispy cookies covered in peanut butter and coated in a chocolatey coating.
  4. Do-si-dos/peanut butter sandwich: Crunchy oatmeal cookies filled with peanut butter.
  5. Lemonades/Lemon-Ups: Savory and refreshing shortbread cookies topped with a tangy lemon glaze.

Girl Scout Goals

The parents told the Daily Press that each Girl Scout troop inspires and supports the girls’ entrepreneurial aspirations during cookie season and throughout the year.

Girls can learn five essential skills through the cookie program: goal setting, money management, interpersonal skills, decision making and business ethics.

The Girl Scout cookie program is the largest girl-run business in the world, with children selling approximately 200 million boxes of cookies, or nearly $800 million, each cookie season.

To sign up to be notified when cookies go on sale, visit girlscoutcookies.org.

Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz can be reached at 760-951-6227 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz

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