Where and when to find Girl Scout cookies in NJ this year
It's the most wonderful time of the year if you absolutely can't wait for Girl Scout cookies.
In most New Jersey counties, order forms for the yearly treats start circulating this Saturday.
And on-the spot, grab-and-go sales outside your local supermarket or convenience store begin Thursday, but only in the nine counties covered by Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Mercer and Salem.)
Enter your zip code here and see exactly where and when troops will be manning their stands.
Janet Zelenak, director of product sales for Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore (Monmouth and Ocean counties), said the council sold more than a million boxes of cookies in 2016.
"People look forward to seeing the girls and they like to support the girls," she said. "And even if they don't want to eat the cookies, they donate the cookies that they purchase."
The Jersey Shore council, along with Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, are on a different timetable for sales. Order forms are the primary mode of business through January, and in-person sales launch in March.
At the shore, Thin Mints are said to traditionally be the most popular choice among Girl Scout cookie customers, followed closely by Samoas.
Depending on where the purchase is made, you may notice some differences among the texture, appearance, and even the names of certain cookies. Individual councils choose which bakery they prefer for production (there are two to choose from). Three of New Jersey's councils get their goods from Little Brownie Bakers, based in Kentucky, but Virginia-based ABC Bakers is the source for the South/Central council.
So the cookies you call Tagalongs in Tinton Falls are known as Peanut Butter Patties in Trenton. All regions offer Thin Mints, but one version is dipped in a mint-chocolate coating, while the other is made with the natural oil of peppermint.
To mark 100 years of sales, a new cookie is launching this year: Girl Scout S'mores, which are also made and look completely different based on where you make the purchase.
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