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Girl Scout Cookie Timeline and Trivia


Printing errors on Girl Scout Cookie Boxes? Boycotts of Girl Scout Cookies? Tampering with Girl Scout Cookies? Say it ain't so!

Need to know what year Custard Creme Sandwich cookies were sold? Or Koko Kookies? Van'cho's? Pixies?

A timeline of Girl Scout cookies as told through newspaper articles, Girl Scout leader magazines and my own research.

 Please note the term "New" means a cookie was listed as new in the local newspaper and may have been available earlier in some areas, or never available at all.


1933, 1934, 1935

 

Although the official first sale of bakery made cookies is 1936, many areas had trefoil shaped shortbread cookies baked and boxed professionally prior to 1936. Many newspaper articles mention boxed cookies in pre-printed Girl Scout box, in sanitary conditions, wrapped in cellophane to retain freshness and with green and white Girl Scout ribbon.

1935

1936

 

Cookie Sales go nationwide as a fund raiser

 

 

 

1941

 

Examples of High Seller prizes:

75 boxes: Girl Scout Ring

60 boxes: Girl Scout Bracelet

40 boxes: Girl Scout lapel pin

1941

 

Also sold candy during cookie sale

 

1941

40 trefoil cookies in a box,  ½ vanilla, ½ chocolate

 

 

1942

 

Cookies sold in 1 pound box of 50 or more cookies

 

1943, 1942, 1949

 

 

Sell 60 boxes - cookie queen

30 boxes - cookie princess

20 boxes - lady in waiting

1944

Plantation Cookies

Burry Biscuit Company

1946

 

 

Chocolate chip cookies sold

 

 

1947

 

 

Reports of do-nuts along with cookie sales

1949 - 1954

Sugar Wafers, Crème Filled, Plain Vanilla, Chocolate

Weston’s Bakery

 

Reverse of boxes have paper dolls

 

1949

 

Trefoil Cookies wrapped with cellophane to retain freshness

30 cents a box

1949 era

Old-fashioned Butter Cookie

Chocolate covered Thin-Mints

Four Flavors Sandwich Crèmes

Chocolate & Vanilla Sandwich Crèmes

Burry Biscuit Company

 

Four Flavors: Chocolate, vanilla, lemon, custard

1953

Vanilla Shortbreads, Four flavors Sandwich Crèmes, Thin Mints, Chocolate & vanilla Sandwich Crèmes

Burry Biscuit Company

 

Four Flavors: Chocolate, vanilla, lemon, custard

1953

 3 varieties; sandwich, chocolate mint and plain teas

45 cents

1953

Novel-Teas, Cooky Mint, Chocolate, Vanilla, Assorted Sandwich

Megowen-Educator Foods Limited

 

1956

 

Chocolate mint and cream filled sandwich cookies

 

 

 

 

1956

Lemon Thins
Orange Thins
Tea Rings
Coconut Macaroons
Brown-Edge Wafers
Assorted Sandwich Creams
Chocolate Mint Thins

Famous Foods of Virginia (FFV)

1959

Scot-Teas, Savannahs. Mint Teas, Four Flavors, Chocolate & Vanilla Sandwich Crèmes

Burry Biscuit Company

1959

Vanilla and Chocolate Sandwich Creams
Mint Cookies
Butter Flavored Cookies
Fudge Cream Sandwiches
Coconut Macaroons

Famous Foods of Virginia (FFV)

1960s era

Savannahs, Scout-Teas, Mints, Chocolate & Vanilla Sandwich Crèmes. Four Flavors Sandwich Crèmes

Burry Biscuit Company

 

Four Flavors: Custard, Lemon, Chocolate, Vanilla

1960

Vanilla Thins, Butterscotch, Chocolate & Vanilla Sandwich Crèmes – may have been other flavors

Weston’s Bakeries

 

1960

New: Coconut Macaroons, New: Fudge cream, Chocolate mint, chocolate & vanilla sandwich, butter cookies

40 cents

1960

Savannah, Scot-Teas, choc & vanilla sandwich, four flavors of crème sandwiches, chocolate mint

 

 

1960’s

 

Printed aluminum foil wrappers introduced

 

1961

Chocolate Mints – 39 to a box

Chocolate & Vanilla Sandwich – 24 to a box

 

Megowen Educator Food Co.

 

1961

NEW: Cinnamon Cookies, each with one of 12 different designs of Girl Scout activities

 

Cooky mint, assorted sandwich

 

1962

Butter-Nut Round-up Cookies, Double Fudge, Chocolate & Vanilla Sandwich Crèmes, Assorted Sandwich, Cooky Mint

Megowen-Educator Foods

1962

Peanut butter, vanilla cream, assorted, mint, butter cookie

40 cents

1962

Peanut butter, chocolate mint, shortbread sandwich crèmes, Four Flavors sandwich creams

 

 

1963

Mints, Scot-Teas, chocolate & vanilla sandwich crèmes, Savannahs

 

 

1963

3 varieties offered

40 cent

 

1964

Butter flavored Shorties, Mint, Peanut Butter, Fudge Crème, Assorted Sandwich

50 cents

1966

Mint, sandwich, butter flavored shortbreads, Swiss Chalet

United Biscuit Co.

50 cents

1966, 1967

Assorted Sandwich Crèmes, Mint, KoKo Kookies, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Butter flavored Shorties

Famous Foods of Virginia

KoKo Kookies

 

1967

Chocolate Mint, Dutch Dainties (lacy shortbreads)

Grandma’s Cookie Company

$1.00

1967

Sandwich Crèmes, Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Patties, Sherbet Crèmes

Weston’s Bakeries

1968

Chocolate Mint wafer, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shorties, Assorted Sandwich

 

1968

Famous Foods of Virginia

 

Cookie box and poster have silhouette of girl praying. No uproar noted.

1968

Pixies, sandwich crèmes, Scot-Teas, mints, Savannahs

Burry Biscuit Company

Notes success of “gimmick” used last year to boost sales: giving out recipes for using GS cookies, will continue this year with four recipes.

1969

Fudge crème shortbread sandwich, Scot-Teas, mint, Savannahs, assorted crèmes

 

1969

Chocolate Mint, Butter Shortbreads, Peanut Butter, Assorted Sandwich

FFV – notes new wrappers of pink, blue, green

1970

Mint, butter flavored Shorties, peanut butter, assorted sandwich, Pecanettes (crunchy pecan and chocolate chip cookie)

Southern Biscuit Co.

1970

 

Grandma’s Cookie Co. announced new cookie box designs

1971

 

Burry notes 5 varieties available

1972

Chocolate mint, assorted sandwich, butter flavored Shorties, peanut butter, Pecanettes

 

1972

Savannahs, mint, Scot-Teas, chocolate & vanilla

 

New: Cocoa Fudge

 

1972

Frosties, sandwich crèmes, chocolate mint, sugared shortbreads, peanut butter patties

55 cents

1972

Sandwich crèmes, chocolate mint, shortbread, peanut butter, chocolate chip

50 cents

1972

Assorted sandwich, chocolate mint, Shorties, peanut butter, Pecanettes

Larger “Family Size” box launched

$1.00

1973

Chocolate chip & nut, assorted sandwich, mint, butter flavored Shorties, peanut butter

Family Size Box $1.00, last year 50 to 60 cents a (smaller) box

1973

Chocolate Chip, Sandwich crème, Chocolate Mint, sugared shortbread, Peanut Butter sandwich

American Biscuit Co. (ABC)

$1.00

1973

Thin Mints, Scot-Teas, Savannahs, cocoa fudge, chocolate vanilla

New “pop-art” packaging launched

$1.00

1973

New  cookie poster: King Kong holding a Girl Scout cookie on Empire State building

          

 

1973

Chocolate Mint, Pecanettes Chocolate Chip, butter Shorties, Assorted sandwich, Peanut Butter Oatmeal

60 cents

1974

Lemon crème, chocolate & vanilla sandwich, peanut butter patties, Savannah, chocolate mint

$1.00

1974

Chocolate  Mint, sandwich crème, Peanut butter Patties, chocolate chip, sugared shortbreads

$1.00

1974

New: Lemon Crèmes

 

Scot-Teas

 

 

1975

 

Girls can no longer returned opened cases of cookies

1975

Chocolate chip, chocolate mint, peanut butter patties, chocolate & vanilla sandwich, shortbread

$1.25

1975

Chocolate Mints, Savannah, Scot- Teas, Lemon Crème, Oxford Crème, Sesame Crips

$1.25

1975

Chocolate mints, peanut butter Savannahs, Scot-Teas, Lemon, chocolate & vanilla sandwich crèmes, Sesame crackers

 

1975

 

 

Tampering

Report of a sliver of glass in a box of Thin Mints from Burry Biscuit Company. Testing sample boxes confirmed glass. Ohio and 10 other states recommend not eat Thin Mints until investigation is completed. FDA clears Thin Mints & Burry Biscuit Company a week later.

1975

“Samoas” name introduced

 

 

1976

 

GSUSA get trademark protection for “Thin Mints”

1976

Thin Mints, Savannahs, Lemon Crèmes, Oxford Crèmes, Scot-Teas, Sesame Crisp Crackers

Burry Biscuit Co.

Notes Lemon Crèmes added in 1974

1976

Thin Mints, Peanut butter patties, shortbread, sandwich crèmes, NEW: “TV” (peanut butter crème sandwich)

 

1976

Thin Mints, Scot-Teas, Savannahs, chocolate & vanilla crème, chocolate chip, Girl Scout Teas, Sesame Crisp Crackers (round)

 

1976

Thin Mints, peanut butter, Samoa, assorted crèmes, butter Trefoil

 

1977

Mint, Scot-Teas, Lemon Crème, Savannah, Chocolate & Vanilla sandwich, chocolate chip, New – Cheddarette crackers

$1.25

1977

 

 

Boycott

Boycott of Girl Scout Cookies, called for by the “STOP-ERA” group due to the support of the ERA Amendment to the US Constitution by the Girl Scout organization. Plan backfires, increasing sales of Girl Scout Cookies.

1977

 

$1.25

1978

Mint, peanut butter sandwich, chocolate & vanilla sandwich, peanut butter patties, shortbread, Samoas

$1.25

1977

 

 

“Girlcott”

Famous lawyer and former president of Los Angles NOW chapter, Gloria Allred, calls for a “girlcott” of Girl Scout cookies in the LA area, saying direct donations would serve girls better than a percentage of cookie sales. Gets national coverage.

1979

Savannahs, Scot-Teas, Thin Mints, chocolate & vanilla sandwich, Country Oats Nut Crips, Cheddarette, Nut Crisp Cookies

1978

 $1.25

1979

Thin Mint, Do-Si-Dos, Van’chos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Samoas, NEW: Granola Cookies

 

1979

Thin Mints, Scot-Teas, Savannah, chocolate & vanilla sandwich, Cheddarette crackers, NEW – Country Oat Nut Crisp (whole grains, almonds, dates, brown sugar and spices)

Burry Co.

$1.25

1980

Cheddarettes (10 oz.), Savannah, chocolate mint, Country Oat Nut Crisps, chocolate & vanilla crème, Scot-Tea, chocolate chip

Burry

1980

Van’chos, Tagalongs, chocolate & vanilla crèmes, Thin Mint, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Granola (natural rolled oats cookie)

 

1981 era

New cookie box theme noted

“We have a lot in common” & “I’m not like anyone else”

 

1981

NEW: Golden Yangles (puffed cheddar cracker), Dutch ‘N Such (spices, almond crunch topping),

 

Scot-Teas, Savannahs, Chocolate Chip, chocolate & vanilla crèmes, mint

 

 

 

Burry-LU

$1.50

1981

Shortbreads, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Van’chos, assorted chocolate & vanilla crèmes, Tagalongs, Forget-Me-Nots ( natural granola cookie), Super Mint (fudge cookie with peppermint layer and chocolate coating

LBB

$1.50

1982

 

Burry-LU applies for trademark protection of Scot-Teas, Kookaburra, Dutch ‘N Such and Hoedowns (all Girl Scout cookie names)

 

1982

New: Chocolate Chunk

 

 

1982

Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Peanut butter sandwich, peanut butter patties, assorted crèmes, caramel deLites, Old-fashioned Oatmeal cookies

FFV-Interbake

1981

 

United Airlines buys 2 million cookies, re-packages them into a special 2-cookie package with “United Airlines salutes Girl Scout Week” and gives them away free on flights during March 8 -14

1983

Thin Mints, assorted crèmes, peanut butter sandwich, shortbread, peanut butter patties, caramel deLites, Nutty Chocolate Chip

FFV

$1.50

1983

Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Carmel deLites

New – Nutty Chocolate Chip

 

 

$1.75

1983

Thin Mint, Dutch ‘N Such, Chocolate and Vanilla Sandwich, Savannah, Hoe Downs, Kookaburras

 

 

1983

 

Licensed Bakers:

Burry-LU (NJ) started in 1944

LLB  (KY)

FFV  (VA)

Interbake  (MI)

Mother’s Cookie Co. (GA)

Salerno-Megowen Biscuit Co. (IL)

1983

Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Assorted Crèmes, Caramel deLites

New – Nutty Chocolate Chips

$1.50

1983 era

Cookie Box theme

 

“We found a new world”

 

1984

 

Four bakers;

Interbake Foods/FFV

Burry-LU

Little Brownie Bakers

Salerno-Megowen

1984

New: Medallions (celebrating 50 years of Girl Scout Cookies, 2 flavors: shortbread with cocoa coating on the bottom “Colonial Shortbread Supremes”, pecan shortbread with brown sugar coating “Southern Pecan Praline”)

 

1984

NEW: Coconut Crèmes, Kookaburra Cookie Bars, Yangles

 

1984

 

 

 

Tampering

Widespread reports of tampering of Girl Scout Cookies; pins, needles, glass – many local hospitals offer to X-ray cookie boxes. Cookie sales ended early in some big cities. Big financial losses. FBI reports 863 cases

 

 

 

1984

Medallions, Samoas, Chocolate Chunks, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Tagalongs

$1.75

1984

New: Almond Fudge cookie

 

Thin Mints, Peanut butter sandwich, Caramel deLites, Nutty Chocolate Chip

 

1985 era

New Cookie Box Theme launched

 

“Ready for the Future”

 

 

1985

 

Final FBI reports – no evidence of tampering in Little Brownie Baker’s plant, no arrests, likely after first report of tampering copycats took advantage. 90% of reporting of glass on cookies was granulated sugar. Biggest tampering scare since 1982 Tylenol tampering scare.

 

1985

 

Girl Scouts launch new packaging on cookies, stronger glue and tear-strip opening.

 

 

1985

Chocollage Cookie Bar, Thin Mints, Scot-Teas, Savannahs, Coconut Crèmes, Hoe Downs (chocolate covered peanut butter cookie) Yangles

Burry-LU

1985

Kookaburra Cookie (wafer with caramel coating)

Burry-LU

1985

Thin Mints, Scot-Tea, Savannah, Coconut Crème, Hoe Downs, Yangles, Chocallage Cookie Bar

 

1985

Samoas, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Chocolate Chunk, Juliettes

$2.00

1985

New – Juliettes, shape of a daisy, ½ of box “lemon-kissed”, coating with natural lemon oil, ½ box pecan praline crisps shortbreads dipped in brown sugar & praline coating. Called Lemon Kists and Pecan Pralines

Little Brownie Baker

 

1983 $1.75

1984 $2.00

1985

Thin Mints, peanut butter patties, peanut butter sandwich, shortbreads, Lemon Pastry Crème, Caramel deLites, Pecan Chocolate Chip

FFV

1985 or 1986

New: Lemon Pastry  Crème (delicate pastry cake filled with lemon crème and frosted with a pastry glaze)

 

$2.00

1987

Thin Mints, Shortbread, Carmel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemon Pastry Crème, Peanut Butter Patties, Chocolate Chip

ABC

1987

New: Echo

 

1988

Echo, Samoas, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Chocolate Chunks

Little Brownie Bakers

1989

Thin Mints, Scot-Teas, Classic Crèmes, Jubilee (choc/caramel), Savannahs, Hoe Downs, Yangles

$2.50

1991

New: Trail Mix

 

$2.50

1991

 

Mountain Baking Company, new company (owned by Consolidate Biscuit Company) secures a contract for Girl Scout cookies. Pulls out 5 months later, unable to keep up with demand.

1994

 

 

Boycott

Disgruntled and dismissed troop leader calls for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies in Connecticut due to perceived high salaries of professional Girl Scouts in council. Story goes national. State’s Attorney General gets involved. No reports of any effect to sales.

1994

NEW: Juliettes (chocolate and pecan treats)

 

1994

NEW: Strawberries & Cream (vanilla filling with a dab of strawberry filling on a sugar cookie shell)

 

Thin Mint, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites, Lemon Pastry Crème

 

$2.50

1994

Carmel deLites; 15 cookies in a box, Shortbread; 40 cookies in a box, Thin Mints; 36 cookies in a box

Interbake

$2.25 1992

$2.50 1994

1994

Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs

Chalet Crèmes, Juliettes

 

1995

New Cookie Box theme launched

 

“The Girl Is First in Girl Scouting”

1995

Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs

Chalet Crèmes, Juliettes, Snaps

$3

1996

Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Carmel deLites

Peanut Butter Sandwich, Peanut Butter Pattie, Lemon Pastry Crème, Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Bar, Strawberries ‘N Crème

$2.50

1997

Caramel deLites, peanut butter patties, peanut butter sandwich, Lemon Pastry Crème, Five-World Cinnamon, Iced Ginger Daisies

ABC

 

$3.00

1998

Chalet Crèmes now sugar-free, Snaps are low fat, NEW: Striped Chocolate Chip

 

Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs

$2.50

 

 

2000

 

 

“Where Girls Grow Strong” 

(Girl Scout logo and wording in white on blue banner) 

 

  

2000

Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs

 

Chocolate Chip & Pecan, Low Fat Apple Cinnamon, Lemon Drops

$3

2002

Dropped from last year – Upside Downs, Iced Ginger Daisies, Five World Cinnamons

 

Thin Mints, Shortbread, Sandwich (no more description), Animal Treasures: 16 cookies in a box

 

 

 

2001

New boxes launched in 2000. New: Aloha Chips “exotic taste”, creamy white fudge and Macadamia nuts

 

 

 

 

2002

 

Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs

 

Aloha Chips, Ole’ Ole’, All Abouts

 

 

2002

New: Friendship Circles, “friend” embossed on vanilla cookie sandwich with chocolate filling, in 18 languages

$3

2001

Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs

 

Lemon Drops, Apple Cinnamon, Aloha Chips

 

 

2004

 

Boycott called for by Pro-Life Waco (TX) due to local council’s relationship with Planned Parenthood. Gets national coverage. Local council severs ties with Planned Parenthood. Boycott backfires. Although some home deliveries were canceled, sales of cases of cookies increased.

 

2006

 

Andy Rooney points out printing error on Café Cookies box on his segment of 60 minutes: “Prepared for Little Brownie Bakers” instead of “by Little Brownie Bakers”

2006

 

GSUSA standardizes cookie prices and sale dates.

2007

                 

 

All Girl Scout cookies are now “zero trans-fat per serving

2008

 

Boycott

National Action Against Obesity (NAAO) calls for boycott of Girl Scout cookies – again.

2009

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout cookies are not involved in tainted peanut butter scare. Girl Scouts and bakers launch ad campaign to reassure consumers.

 

"Neither licensed baker

affiliated with Girl Scout® Cookies, ABC

Interbake and Little Brownie Bakers, source their peanut butter from the

supplier involved in the current peanut butter warning."

 

2009

 

 

                  

Printing error from ABC Bakers omits the kosher + dairy symbol on some Thin Mint boxes. ABC Bakers issue a statement and produce the necessary kosher certification from the Orthodox Union. Rabbis not alarmed, accept explanation.

2010

Recall

 

 

"Certain lots of Lemon Chalet Crème cookies contain oils that may be breaking down, which can result in an off taste and smell," the bakery writes on its website. "The cookies are still edible, but are not recommended for consumption as they are not up to our quality standards."

Little Brownie Bakers has recalled 636,000 boxes of Lemon Chalet Crème cookies, according to CNN.

 

2011

 

 

                    

 

Due to the efforts of 2 Girl Scouts (and national coverage), bakers announce their pledge to palm oil sustainability. Bakers will continue to use palm oil, but will pay cash to offset use.

 

 

 

 

2012

 

 

 

 

New cookie box theme

 

Redesigned Logo

Or 100th Anniversary