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Christina Day cday@civitasmedia.com



A new gluten-free cookie, chocolate chip shortbread, is being offered by the Girl Scouts this year, along with traditional favorites such as thin mints and tagalongs.
A new gluten-free cookie, chocolate chip shortbread, is being offered by the Girl Scouts this year, along with traditional favorites such as thin mints and tagalongs.
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Big news for people with a sweet tooth: Girl Scout cookies are back in the county, with new flavors and a modern approach to sales.


Local Scouts of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P), which includes Ashe County, are already busy with the Girl Scout cookie sales program, which goes until March 2, and includes a new gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookie.


“There is a lot of enthusiasm around the new cookies, and we are excited to be a test council for the gluten-free option, something our consumers have been asking for,” Marcia Cole, chief executive officer of GSCP2P said. “We hope with these new varieties, and the dedication of our girls and volunteers, to be a part of the largest girl-led business in the country, that we will see a very successful cookie season.”


Along with the new cookie varieties, GSCP2P also transitioned to a different sales approach, introducing a direct sale where girls have the cookies readily available when asking customers to purchase a box instead of taking orders and returning a few weeks later with the cookies, according to a GSCP2P press release.


Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver the Girl Scout program within specific geographic boundaries.


The local council serves more than 16,000 girls and approximately 7,000 adult volunteers in 40 counties. GSCP2P maintains seven camp properties and four service centers offering exciting experiences for girls and adults.


For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSCP2P, call 800-672-2148 or visit www.girlscoutsp2p.org.


Christina Day may be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cdayinwj


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