Putting Out the Vibe

August 24, 2010

Girl Scout Cookie Geography: A brownie civil war!

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  1. I realized this when I came to Madison; Philadelphia must have been supplied by The Little Brownie Bakers. If nothing else they’ve won the battle of the better names.

    Comment by wb001i — August 24, 2010 @ 10:54 am

  2. i see you’ve been keeping busy post-degree.

    Comment by Jenni — August 24, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

  3. And in Canada, it’s Girl Guides, and they only sell two types of cookies (the chocolate mint is a chocolate wafer with a layer of mint, enrobed in chocolate). They only sell on ONE DAY in a central location, out of a truck. That’s it. I happened to be in Canada one year when the truck came through my mom’s town, and had to try the cookies. I have no idea who makes them. I donated the empty boxes to our local service unit office for fun. I think they are still on display there 😉 Thanks for the breakdown. 🙂

    Comment by Tina — January 17, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

  4. FYI — the map is now out of date. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (http://www.girlscoutsem.org/) switched to ABC Bakers starting in 2011. 😦

    LBB’s “Samoas” are SO much better than ABC’s “Caramel deLites.” Same goes for the Thin Mints. I ordered boxes from both bakeries this year, just so I could do a taste test (it helps to have family in Chicago!). While similar, the cookies from Little Brownie Bakers are vastly superior in taste and quality.

    Comment by Thomas Bean — March 15, 2012 @ 11:18 am

  5. I’m a reporter for Capital News Service at the University of Maryland, College Park, and I’m working on a story about the reason behind the Girl Scouts using these two bakers to produce their cookies. I’ve been digging around and have found a couple potential reasons, including forcing economic competition to keep prices down, and making girl scout councils choose between the two bakers to prevent “cookie wars.” Do you have any information about either of these reasons (or other reasons?) Please let me know–you’d really be helping me out !

    -Claire Saravia

    Comment by Claire Saravia — April 12, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    • Thanks for the message, Claire. Unfortunately, I don’t really have any citable sources to provide to you. I generated the map above from scratch and obtained my information by visiting each regional girl scout website to determine their contracted baking company and the counties that they serve. My above comment about forcing economic competition is my own assumption. You are welcome to cite any of this information for your article if you would like, however, some of the information may have changed since I posted it in August 2010.

      Comment by Matthew — April 12, 2012 @ 10:42 am

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