Dieters beware: Girl Scouts roll out new cookie for 2010 season

Trucks filled with cases of sweet treats are headed this way. Starting Thursday, it's Girl Scout cookie time.

``There is nothing cuter than a Daisy or Brownie Scout looking up at an adult and asking, `Would you like buy a box of Girl Scout cookies?' Who can say `no' to that?'' said Gail Lunsford, 72, cookie booth coordinator for the 22-troop Great Earth Service Unit in Plantation and parts of Fort Lauderdale.

Back this year are peanut butter sandwich Do-Si-Dos, shortbread Trefoils, chocolaty Thin Mints, thick peanut buttery Tagalongs, caramel Samoas, Dulce de Leche and zesty Lemon Chalet Cremes. A new cookie, Thank U Berry Munch, delivers tart cranberry and sweet white fudge in every crunchy bite.

The two-week cookie season begins after school Thursday for the 19,000 members of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida district, serving Broward and Palm Beach counties. The sale ends Feb. 9.

Cory Reed, the district's marketing and communications manager, said the girls, who are ages 5 to 17, will aim to sell 1.5 million boxes this year. Each box of cookies, priced at $3.50, can bring 60 to 70 cents in profit depending on the troop's volume and growth over the previous year.

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