The cookies are here

Jax Jacob, 3, of Ferdinand, peeked over cases of cookies his babysitter Tara Vaught picked up at OFS Brands Plant 8 Tuesday.

Thin Mints are still the reigning favorite but the newest Girl Scout Cookie, S’mores, could knock it off the top spot.

“It’s my new favorite,” Erica Rummel said as she loaded boxes of cookies into an SUV at OFS Brands Plant 8 Tuesday. “They are amazing. Thanks-a-lots used to be my favorite but S’mores is my favorite now.”

Rummell is the troop leader of Troop 349 in Huntingburg and has served as the Cookie Chair for the South Dubois District the past three years. She said she’ll be rationing out a case of S’mores for herself, and maybe sharing some with her family, over the next year.

Erica Rummel, South Dubois County’s Cookie Chair, helped load up a vehicle at OFS Brands Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday though, Rummel and seven volunteers were divvying up 1,359 cases of cookies between the 13 troops in the South Dubois County District.

In Jasper, Cookie Chair Sarah (Chappell) Leinenbach, had about a dozen volunteers splitting up more than 3,000 cases of cookies that were delivered to Kimball Logistics on Jasper’s Southside.

In addition to the cookies that go out to be delivered by the Girl Scouts, thousands of cookies will be sold at booths around the area. To accommodate those sales, Leinenbach has offered up her garage as the area’s Cookie Cupboard. Four hundred extra cases  — a case holds a dozen boxes — will be stored there for her to resupply the booths until sales end in March.

Sarah Leinenbach checked her list for a troop’s cookies while volunteers split up more than 3,000 cases of cookies at Kimball Logistics Tuesday.

Although the fundraising aspect of the cookie sales is important for Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana and the local troops funding, Leinenbach said the Girl Scouts learn valuable skills in the process.

“They are setting goals for themselves and their troops,” she said. “It also gives them the opportunity to learn communication skills and gain experience with dealing with money.”

The funds raised come back to the troops which in turn is used for community projects, trips and other expenses for their members. For example, last year during the cookie sales, the scouts asked community members for ideas to impact the community in a positive way. From that, Rummel’s troop settled on planting flowers around a local church.

Charlotte Schepers of Celestine Troop 47 unstacked cases of Thin Mints at Kimball Logistics Tuesday.

But those cookies…

Girl Scouts began selling cookies around 1917 as a fundraiser in Oklahoma when a troop decided to bake their own to raise funds. The movement grew until in 1936 the Girl Scouts were forced to seek out commercial bakers to accommodate all the orders across the nation.

Of the 11 varieties currently available, Thin Mints are the top seller annually. In the North Dubois County District, Thin Mints outsold the nearest competitor, S’more, by nearly double with 1,369 cases; or 16,428 boxes. Or at an average of 32 cookies per box, 525,696 Thin Mints will be tossed back over the next year because of this group’s sales.

Caramel Delights, this author’s favorite, came in fourth in sales with Peanut Butter Patties claiming the third place spot.

In the South Dubois County District, Thin Mints were followed by Peanut Butter Patties and then Peanut Butter Sandwiches. S’mores came in fourth.

And if you didn’t get a chance to order any from a Girl Scout, booths will be set up at all the usual locations beginning this weekend.

Happy munching.

Gina Hawkins and Katie Bower counted cookies to ensure the right amount were included in a troop’s order.

Jen Verkamp handed cases of Thin Mints to Chineca Brown to begin divvying them out to the different troops in the North Dubois County district.

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